Practical Details

What do I need?


We walk on the high fells and expect that members are reasonably fit and active. New members would normally be expected to be able to walk 10 miles and climb 2,000 ft of ascent.

Weather conditions on the fells are often very different to those in the valley and walkers should be prepared for the weather to change rapidly, and should carry spare warm clothing.

The following items are essential clothing:

  • Walking trousers (not denim). Convertible trousers are good for summer.

  • Waterproof over-trousers

  • Thermal base layer

  • Fleece jacket (better than a pullover)

  • Windproof waterproof and breathable jacket – (ordinary cheap waterproofs are inadequate, but there is no need to purchase top of the range ‘technical’ clothing.)

  • Gloves for winter, mitts or very warm gloves. In summer light fleece gloves are useful.

  • Socks woollen.

  • Hat or balaclava - woollen or fleece lined fabric hat. In the summer a sunhat is adequate.

  • Boots – in summer lightweight boots are adequate. In winter, heavier boots are better in order to keep the feet warm and provide a more effective grip.

  • Survival bag in case of accidents especially in cold conditions.

...and essential equipment:

  • Rucksack – Well-fitted 30-40 litres is an adequate day sack.

  • Torch

  • Whistle (non magnetic)

  • Packed lunch and drinks

  • Spare emergency food

  • First aid kit - useful

  • Compass and maps – useful but not essential on led walks.

& Don’t forget

.......... wear your boots on the coach on the way out - it saves time when starting the walk !

……….and a change of clothes and footwear in case the walk turns out wet.

They can be quite safely left on the coach

For the safety of the whole party you should have the correct gear, and leaders are justified in insisting on it.

& on the way home

For the comfort and safety of the members, dirty boots, ice axes, crampons and bulky gear are not allowed on the coach

and should be placed in the coach lockers.

Any wet items and boots MUST be sensibly bagged and stored to avoid any discomfort to others.

For safety reasons the gangway must be kept clear at all times

We regret that neither dogs nor radios are allowed on the walks.

It's great on a Summer's day......