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Walking information

Whether you’re a pavement stomper, mountain hiker, countryside rambler or casual ambler, here’s everything you need to know to help you achieve your goal.

Keeping fuelled up for hikes and treks

Main meals

Making sure both your mind and body are fuelled up is the key to a successful trek. Ideally you want slow energy releasing foods like wholemeal toast with your favourite spread or a nice bowl of pasta to fill up your carbohydrate stores. This will provide you with instant energy that your body needs to take on that trek. Find out more about how to best plan you trek meals here at Time Outdoors .

Snack attack

A rumbling stomach and a nosedive in energy levels is precisely what you want to avoid when out on a hike or trek. The golden rule is eat before you’re hungry and drink before you’re thirsty. Ideally, you’ll be snacking every 60-90mins, depending on the length and intensity of the hike.  Much Better Adventures can help you fill your rucksack with the best snacks for your adventure.

Trekking in all kinds of weather

The key to being able to hike in all kinds of weather is being prepared. Wheather it be in rainy England, through mist covered mountains, or the midday sun…having the right kit, clothes, shoes, and backpack are essential. Light weight water proofs are a must have too, they’ll save you during those random May showers without weighing you down. For more advice visit Lands End

Want to join one of our trekking events?

We know you love a good hike! And it's always even better if you're trekking for a good cause. All the sweat, blisters and screaming calf muscles suddenly seem worth it when you're also raising money for children who need vital hospice services. Have a look what walking events we've got coming up-

All our walking and trekking events

Are trekking poles needed?

Have you ever walked with poles? Are you considering trying them out or fancy learning some really useful techniques? There’s a great video from The Trail Hunter on how to do just that!

How to lace your boots

There’s a lot to consider when choosing your walking boots, making sure you get the right ones just for you. They need to be comfy, supportive, hard wearing – and there are lots of different options for different kinds of walking.

But, have you ever thought about your shoelaces? A lot of people leave their walking boots laced up as the came in the box, but there are quite a few different ways to lace up your boots to make sure you are getting the correct support in the right places. Whether you’re prone to getting blisters on the backs of your heels, or your toes need a bit of extra wiggle room, fixing your shoe issues is all possible with different lacing techniques!

Mountain Warehouse show you different options, have a look it could make your walk a more enjoyable experience.

Preventing and treating blisters

No matter how much preparation has gone into choosing your boots and socks, blisters always seem to find a way to appear. Blisters are simply caused by the friction between the skin on your feet, your socks and your boots as you are walking.

Check out this handy guide from Backpacker to help prevent them for happening and dealing with them when they appear.

How to prepare for your first multi-day trek

You’ve set yourself a challenge of a multi-day hike, exciting! Now to start planning on how you’re going to do it. Well our friends over at The Adventure Element have some top tips on how to get prepared:

  1. Start walking now: mix it up with long walks, shorter hilly walks, and days of back to back walking
  2. Fit in that leg-based cardio: cycling, swimming and tennis are all great, fun ways to strengthen those legs
  3. Analyse how you walk: your heel should hit the round first, your shoulders should be up and level, this will protect yourself again injury and make your movement more efficient.

Did you know...

At Chestnut Tree House we know the importance of getting outside and enjoying nature, but it's not always easy with a child with a life-threatening illness. This is why our beautiful gardens have been designed with accessibility in mind, as well as being a sensory delight and a place for fun and adventure. It's thanks to everyone who raises money for us that we're able to have such amazing facilities. Thank you so much for taking part in our events and supporting local children in need of hospice care.

Welcome to our gardens!