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September 24, 2020

Why you should make time to hike on your Staycaytion

by Abi Purvis

Even Prime Minister Boris Johnson got his hiking boots on during his Scottish Staycaytion earlier in the year, we think you should too.


There’s something about the countryside air that hits a little different.

There’s a freshness and a coolness to it that tickles your nose as you step into nature.

That’s without even mentioning the joy of pressing your feet along something that isn’t tarmac or the same carpet your household has been stuck on for months.

Not to mention the countless opportunities for the most picturesque and panoramic views of Britain’s landscapes.

A Stanford University study found, “Spending quality time in the great outdoors reduces stress, calms anxiety, and can lead to a lower risk of depression

Whether or not you’ve planned a walking holiday during your Staycaytion, there are so many reasons, from relaxation to making new memories, to make time to hike on your holiday — even Prime Minister Boris Johnson got his hiking boots on during his Staycaytion in Scotland earlier in the year.

Once you’ve packed you walking boots (or other suitable footwear), here are some things you need to consider and do before you start you adventures:

Check weather conditions – be prepared for rain, even if it’s going to be sunny, we do live in England after all. Preparation for bad weather can be life saving if you get injured or lost, so make sure you’ve got the right clothes and an exit plan if you need to cut the walk short.

Plan a route – make sure you have a map with you and someone knows where you have gone.

Leave your route details with your accommodation, or the local police if it’s not possible to leave with friends or family” says Mountain Rescue.

Leave no trace – Wildwood Bushcraft defines this as; “principles that allow people to enjoy the outdoors with minimal impact on the environment.  It is becoming more relevant every year, due to the increased use of wild areas by tourists and campers. It is important for everyone working and enjoying the outdoors to understand and follow

Make sure to take litter with you to protect the wildlife and leave the place as beautiful as you have found it for someone else.

Water, water, and more water (and snacks) – The Ordnance Survey managing director, Nick Giles, says “The last thing you need, miles from the car on a cold winter’s afternoon, is a sudden energy crash with nothing to keep you going.”

You will be surprised at how much water you will drink on a walk, take more than you think you need (especially on sunny days).

Navigation – Particularly if you are seeking more remote places or straying from footpaths, make sure you know the appropriate skills to get you back in the right direction if you ever go astray. It’s always worth taking a map (and knowing how to read one) even when walking a route you are familiar with.

Following these tips will not only ensure you will be able to keep safe while hiking, but it will also enable you to protect and respect the sites you visit and use.

Once prepared you can sit back and enjoy your time getting back to nature and escapism from reality for as long as you need.

If you’re unsure where to hike you can check out our favourite walks in Cornwall HERE, or have a look at the National Trust recommended walks near where you are Staycaytion-ing HERE.

Stay safe and enjoy!

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