Without a doubt, the past year has been tough on us all for many reasons. But one of the things many of us missed out on was outdoor adventures. Fresh air, wide open spaces, green spaces, nature, wildlife and everything that comes with it.
Now the end of the restrictions is near, it’s time to plan and make the most of the great outdoors again. Accommodations are set to be the daily pick for this year, and with the likes of the Lake District, the Cairngorms in Scotland, North Wales and the Southwest Coast Trail, we are lucky enough in the UK to have a wealth of great sites to explore all within easy reach.
But given that months and months have passed since anyone was able to travel around the UK and explore new avenues for excursions, or return to their favorites, it is important to remember how to look after the countryside as we enjoy it, as well as how to take care of it. We prepare ourselves and what to take.
To help you be as prepared as possible, we have information from Ross Bauer, Swedish outdoor brand ambassador, Fjällräven, and professional jungle coach, so he definitely knows a thing or two about Britain’s best spots for trekking. , How do you take care of yourself if you get stuck, and the all-important kit you need to enjoy your trip to the best way too.
The first is where to go. If you are new to trekking, Ross recommends choosing the national park or premier beauty area you want to visit, whether it’s in the South Downs or Snowdonia, then book a bed and breakfast, campground or hotel to use as your base. Then “start stretching your legs again on daytime outings to build up your physique on the hill again”.
For more experienced walkers, Ross also recommends trying the Benin Trail, a 430 km long road that stretches in the center of the country. Or if you’re looking for somewhere more wilderness, try exploring Knoydart, a remote peninsula in northwest Scotland that is often referred to as Britain’s last wilderness.
Regardless of your experience, ability, or destination, the one thing that applies to everyone is caring for the countryside. Of course, this means no litter is thrown away and only footprints are left. But even so, be aware of where to step and stick to the trails at all times to avoid disrupting wildlife. Ross also suggests picking up litter where you see it as well, as people are more likely to leave litter in an already littered area.
With British beauty areas set to be in high demand this summer because holidays abroad are still unlikely for most people, Ross says it is very important that “everyone who visits the outdoors should be aware of the countryside law that has just been renewed.” You can find this on the Gov.uk website, and it is packed with helpful things to know, like not feeding your livestock or dumping your dog.
Once you’ve read the code, you should have the right combination as well. Many people take off to the hill walking in skis, or misjudge the weather and leave home without the proper equipment. “I always try to remember to pack a waterproof bag. I love Fjällräven High Coast Hydratic jacket They are small in size and can be shed at the first sign of a summer bath. If the weather forecast looked bad from the start, I’d pack my data An eco-friendly jacket from Fjällräven Keb Which keeps me dry in heavy rain, “says Ross. If you expect moderate but mixed weather in the warmer months, which we all know in Britain means short rains and cold winds, Abisko Lite jacket for trekking from Fjällräven It still provides great protection while still being lightweight and breathable. When it comes to the lower half, Ross’s favorite pair of pants is Fjällräven trousers Keb. “They are very comfortable and stretch in all the right places. The fabric of the G-1000 is very durable so I know they will last for years.”
Of course, it’s important not to overfill either, as it can weigh you down and slow you down. “Remember you’ve probably lost some of your fitness on the hills,” says Ross, “so to avoid walking down Hellville feeling like you’re summarizing Everest, try to reduce the amount of non-essential gear you carry.”
First of all, you need the right backpack. Going to Ross for hiking longer than three days is Fjällräven backpack Keb 52 Because “it is very comfortable and has enough pockets to prevent me from having to empty everything to reach the hat underneath!” Even if you are only going for a day’s hike, there are some essentials you should always keep in your bag. Ross recommends packing:
- Map and Compass (Knowing how to use it helps!)
- Phone (to the emergency number 999 or 112, call the police, then Mountain Rescue)
- Waterproof jacket and pants
- A warm jacket
- Fleece hat and gloves
- Water (a thermos if it’s cold)
- Small first aid kit
- Torch head
After packing your bag, you only need to know your route. For Ross, planning this is half the fun and he loves making maps and seeing trails. Of course there are a lot of great suggestions available online as well, and Ross says, “It’s also worth checking out Foxtrail Articles on FjällrävenThere are a lot of great tips and tricks out there, too. “
So wherever you go this summer, have fun and take care of the countryside and remember to leave nothing but footprints and help preserve these beautiful areas for everyone to share.
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