Do I need any previous experience?
You don’t need any particular previous experience but you will need some basic equipment. So you will have probably have done some hillwalking in the past.
Do I need to be fit?
You certainly don’t need to be an ‘athlete’ but by the nature of hiking, walking in all weather up and down hills, your comfort is relative to your ability. Pay attention to the total mileage stated in the event description and judge your ability for yourself. But please telephone us should you not be sure (01473-375 026).
What equipment is needed?
You will need the basics; good broken-in boots, layered clothing, a rucksack and water bottle. Walking poles are recommended but not mandatory. An experienced Guide will be leading your group and will help you as you go and also provide some tuition so you’ll learn new skills along the way. Add to this your tent, sleeping mat and sleeping bag for the overnight wild camps as well as a stove, pot and camp meals. Each guest is provided with a comprehensive kit list when booking.
A whistle is compulsory and to be carried on the front strap of each guests pack.
How fast do you walk?
The pace is determined by the ability of the group but we try to achieve an average pace of 2.5mph. Of course, the overall distance may be affected by the pace of the group and your Guide can adjust this. Groups are allowed to spread out as they chat and enjoy the experience but it is the responsibility of the hikers at the back to keep up as needed.
What about the weather?
Unlike Kayaking our safety is not as affected by weather and so as a general rule, we will hike in all weather including strong wind, rain, hail and snow. We always keep our guests informed of what to expect from the weather for their event through the live weather update on our website as well as online ‘notes’ from your Guide. It’s the variable weather conditions that make these adventures so exciting and enjoyable.