Walking is a great pastime and can be very relaxing,anyone can do it providing you are reasonably active and in good health.To enable you to enjoy your walking holiday to the full we have given you basic suggestions forequipment and safety, so that you are suitably prepared to experience the pleasure of the West Country and overseas.More detailed information will be available in our pre-departure information brochure.
This is one of the most important items of equipment for a walking holiday.Discovering that a pair of boots is not suitable can ruin your holiday. If you walk regularly you may already have a pair in which you feel very comfortable. Proper walking boots should have a tough moulded sole to protect your feet and offer a good grip. Boots should be kept supple and waterproofed. Wear your boots in before undertaking your walking holiday - trainers are not suitable.
For comfort and warmth, most walkers wear two pairs of socks. A thin pair next to the skin and a thicker pair on top. Darned or holed socks will cause bumps and may lead to blisters. Blisters can form very quickly if any part of your foot is rubbing and can affect the most experienced walker. It is best to bring with you some breathable waterproof plasters or a blister dressing.
We can guarantee you a most enjoyable and relaxing holiday but one thing we cannot guarantee is the weather. A good lightweight waterproof jacket or anorak with leggings (over trousers) is very useful to keep out the wind as well as the rain.
Much is the matter of personal preference but jeans are not suitable for walking as they are usually too tight to be comfortable in warm weather. The choice of what type of trousers to wear is enormous but we would suggest loose-fitting lightweight and quick drying trousers made out of modern synthetic material. A pair of shorts is a good choice but on some parts of the walks there may be brambles. In the evening smart casual clothes will suffice as most of the hotels we use are quite informal and there is no need to carry a complete wardrobe.
As we will be taking your luggage forward on all self guided linear walks a small lightweight rucksack (day sack) will be perfectly adequate for day trips. It should be large enough to carry your lunch, waterproofs, first aid kit, maps etc.
Walking Poles: Walking Poles are of personal choice but can be useful when walking on uneven ground and up and down hills. The poles will take the weight off your knees.
Water Bottle/First Aid: A water bottle is a must especially if the weather is hot. It is important to avoid dehydration. A small first aid kit is also a necessary item and should contain a few plasters, a small bandage, antiseptic cream, aspirin (or your own substitute) and a pair of scissors. There are ready-made kits available on the market for walkers.
Navigation: All our routes are very well waymarked and easy to follow with the aid of our detailed route notes and maps. These will be provided with your walking information pack.