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Fell Walking Advice ...

Here's a few handy tips to help keep you safe on the fells ...

Always go prepared - research and plan your route carefully beforehand, especially if you aren't familiar with the area. Take the correct map and a compass, and KNOW HOW TO USE THEM !! Try to assess the experience and fitness levels of all members of your walking party beforehand and plan an appropriate route. Make sure you have enough "daylight" time to complete your walk safely. Don't forget to tell someone where you're going - If you don't come back they can point the rescue services in the right direction.

Sign up to the Mountain Rescue emergency 999 text service - it's free, takes minutes to do and could save your life.

DON'T UNDERESTIMATE THE WEATHER - weather on high ground can be fairly extreme, even when it's fine low down. It can also be very changeable, and often deteriorates in a matter of minutes. Strong winds, blizzards, mist etc. can make an easy walk on a clear day quite hazardous when the weather closes in - in low visibility is it extremely easy to become disoriented quickly. Check the forecast before you head out on the hills.

Take warmer clothes than you'll think you need (warm hat, gloves, fleece, jacket etc.) - remember the temperature on top of a mountain is significantly lower than at ground level. Also waterproof clothing is a must - walking in wet clothes is miserable at best, and dangerous at worst.

Don't scrimp on your boots .. These are possibly your most important piece of clothing. Get a decent pair that you find comfortable, and wear them in. Sore feet obviously impede your progress significantly.

Take food and drink - especially water. It's easy to dehydrate, which again slows your progress by leading to an increased level of fatigue.

Take an emergency kit (home-made is better than none) including items such as ... a whistle, various sizes of plasters, bandages, pain killers, matches/lighter, headtorch, spare batteries (if required), emergency blanket, duct tape, string etc. Suntan lotion or sunblock is also worth having with you.

Please give generously to any appeals for the Mountain Rescue or Air Ambulance - you never know when you'll need them.

One last "word of wisdom" so to speak ... photos of landscapes can only give a taster for what it's really like to be out there - so the best advice I can give is to get kitted up and get walking !! One of my mate Adam's favourite sayings is "You don't get this sat on your arse in front of the telly !!" ... and he's right, you don't ...