Today’s post is written by an external author and comes just in time as Spring is kicking in. Reading this post really made me want to go out into the countryside and walk for miles in the sun, snapping photos of nature along the way. I hope you enjoy reading it as much as I did!
Walking is one of the best ways to get out into the sunshine and enjoy some fresh air. It doesn’t matter whether you are going out for a 20 minute stroll or an all-day ramble, any walking is good for the soul.
Getting out into nature is a great way to spend a weekend and there are some truly stunning walking routes around in the UK. You probably have a lovely walk right around the corner from you – even if you live in the city!
Dress For The Weather
Our climate is often changeable and while you might set out in bright sunshine, rain is always a threat. You should also consider that the temperature at the top of an exposed hill will be a little cooler than that of a forest route. Having a Pac a Mac in your pocket is a really good idea as it can be used to protect you from windchill as well as rain.
Layers are always advisable and a puffer jacket is a great way to regulate your temperature too. You should also wear sensible walking shoes that support your feet. Walking may not be too strenuous in a cardiovascular sense, but it pays to support your body properly.
Take Drinks and Snacks
While you are on your nature walk, it’s unlikely that you will be passing shops along the way. Taking a drink and a snack along with you should ensure that you keep your energy up and avoid potential dehydration. Please don’t drink from streams, however clean they look, without first purifying the water.
When you are packing your bag, you will want to carry as little bulk as possible. Choosing snacks that are calorie dense such as trail mix will reduce the size of your bag and provide you with the energy you need along the way. Of course, plenty of routes in the UK end in a good pub but it’s always smart to have some back-up food in case your walk takes a little longer than expected.
Plan Your Route
There are a lot of walking routes already available in the UK and rambling has been a popular pastime here for decades. A ready-made route is an easy way to ensure that your walk is the right sort of difficulty level for you and will give you fairly accurate timings too.
However, if you don’t have a ready-mapped walk nearby or you want to see a particular feature, you can quite easily map your own route. Do bear in mind that some land is restricted and you may not have the right of access so check before you set off. Similarly, if you are planning a coastal walk, you should check the tides to ensure safe passage.
As you get into walking, you will find that your fitness improves and you might even feel a little more optimistic and positive. Walking can have a quite magical effect and the more often you go, the more you will enjoy it.