Be prepared for bad weather this Easter

Long Mynd, Shropshire

Following recent snowy weather across parts of the UK we’re recommending walkers plan ahead before setting out on a walk over the Easter break.

The Met Office is forecasting continued cold weather throughout the Easter weekend so it’s important to be well prepared if setting out for a walk in the next few days, particularly in remote, upland or exposed areas of the countryside.

You can check the forecast and for weather warning before you set out by visiting the Met Office website or downloading the Met Office app and you can also stay up to date at www.facebook.com/metoffice and twitter.com/metoffice and via TV and radio broadcasts.

It’s good practice to plan your route in advance, taking into account any short cuts you might want to take if you encounter bad weather or obstructions caused by bad weather. It’s also a good idea to let someone know where you’re going and when you plan to be back.

Despite the cold it’s easy to sweat when walking but a layering system should help you to stay warm and dry. A wicking base layer will take the moisture away from your skin, an insulating but breathable mid layer will keep you warm and a waterproof and breathable outer layer will ward off the weather.

Keeping your extremities warm is also key to so take a hat and gloves with you – even if you don’t feel you need them when you first set out – and don waterproof footwear with a good tread so you’re prepared for wet or icy conditions underfoot.

You might also want to consider taking a torch – which could come in handy if you find your walk takes longer than you expected and the light starts to fade – and don’t forget to take some food and drink which is vital if you’re forced to extend your walk.

Above all use your common sense and don’t put yourself or others at risk. If you don’t encounter bad weather it’s still important to take extra care in the countryside this Easter when coming across farm animals and their young.