Tips for winter walking

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From snow-capped mountains to frosty greens, winter enhances the beauty of many areas. It’s the perfect time to head outdoors for a walk — as long as you take the proper precautions.

If you’re planning a winter walking holiday, follow these top tips to ensure your enjoyment and safety.

1.      Wear appropriate footwear

Whether you’re dealing with icy terrain or snow and sleet, you’ll need a pair of walking boots that are more than up to the job. You’ll need to consider the following things:

  • Waterproof — in wintry conditions, it’s really important to choose a waterproof pair to keep your feet warm and dry. Leather is usually a good option.
  • Support — slipping is common in wet, icy conditions. Select a pair that supports your ankle to minimise the chance of injury.
  • Grip — your boots should have thick rubber soles with a deep tread to maximise your grip on snow and ice.
  • Crampons — crampons are spikes that help improve the grip of your boots on compacted snow and ice. Depending on where you’re walking, you may need to invest in these.
  • Comfort — of course, your boots need to be warm and comfortable too.

You can purchase walking boots from a variety of specialist retailers, as well as discounted shoe stores like Brantano.

Trekking2.      Wear a scarf

It goes without saying that you should wrap up warm when heading out on your winter walk. Instead of opting for your woollies, choose thin, breathable layers that can wick away sweat and keep you at the optimum temperature.

It’s also really important to wear a scarf over your nose and mouth. This will help keep the sting of icy air at bay when you breathe in, which is particularly helpful if you have breathing or heart-related problems.

Dusk3.      Consider daylight hours

When planning your walk, you should always consider the amount of daylight hours you’ll have available. Unlike the long days and short nights of summer, daylight is far shorter during winter. As such, you’ll need to plan sufficiently to ensure you can maximise your available walking times.

Before your walk, always check the sunrise and sunset times. Plan accordingly, leaving enough time for you to return home before it gets dark. Avoid long lie in’s, as these can cost you the best part of the available light. Start your walk early and always pack a working torch or headlight just in case you lose track of time!


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