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Trekking Gear and Accessories

When you walk into a shop searching for gear, there is always an abundance of brands, accessories and variety-giving you too many options! The best way to find the most ideal gear for you, is to talk to members of staff in the store, who have extensive knowledge of which brands sell best and which items provide best value for money and quality. Equipment available varies from the absolutely necessary (shoes, poles, maps) to the recommended (GPS, head torches) so be sure to plan your trip ahead of time, so you know if you need tents, drybags, sleeping bags and expedition food (for overnight trips), or simply a packed lunch and some sturdy shoes.

First Aid

The fact that accidents happen is undeniable and First Aid kits are one piece of equipment that you really can`t afford to forget. The best quality kits (recommended) from brands like Ortovox usually range in price from 20 (compact) to 40 (comprehensive) so buy according to your trip length and difficulty.


Whatever the season, trekking footwear varies little, from lightweight to standard. You should always opt for a waterproof option (British weather!) and brands such as Saloman and Keen are most popular.


The size (therefore cost) of packs varies greatly, so again, be sure to plan your trip and buy accordingly. Costs vary from around 30 to over 100 and there are many brands to choose from, with "lite" versions available in most types. Try brands like Deuter and Ortovox but again, discuss with your local stores before purchasing.


In the U.K. it is safe to assume that you will need WARM clothing practically all year round. Be sure to wear layers and take spares and waterproof clothing. There are many brands and choices available and it is hard to go wrong with quality if you buy from a specialised store. Make sure that you insulate well, add hats and gloves to keep your extremities safe from the elements and always take a waterproof outer layer.


Must have accessories include; trek poles, maps/GPS/compass, headlamps/torches (overnight), water bottles and lighters (preferably blowtorch eg. Primus Lighters).

The U.K. is bursting with challenging, exhilarating and beautiful mountains areas for trekking. West Highland Way in (Scotland) and Cumbria Way are some of Britain`s most popular long distance footpaths. With a moderate difficulty and reaching 24km in length, Cumbria Way for example takes around 7 hours to complete. In the Lake District walks are plentiful and range in difficulty and length. Over 12 million people a year visit the Lake District, renowned for its spectacular scenery, Sites of Special Scientific Interest and stunning landscapes, including the fells, moorland, coasts, dales, lakes and mountains, all perfect places to go trekking. The stunning landscapes and picturesque villages provide 880 square miles of adventure in Britain`s largest national park and there are plenty of companies offering advice on places to stay and visit. Take a look at weekend breaks lake district if you`re intereste! d in staying in affordable, beautiful cottages that provide a "home away from home", for your visit.




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