What You Need For Our Walks:

Most Walks     Hilly Areas
Food and Drink
Extras For Weekends Away
Weekend Food List
(For Organisers)

Most of our walks, in the flatter parts of England -


Walking boots: ideally you should wear boots as these provide some ankle support, which can be necessary even in the flattest areas. These can be leather or fabric and should be waterproofed as necessary. However, for many of our local walks trainers will suffice, particularly in the summer, but you should note that they may not be waterproof and could get muddy, so you should bring spares to drive home in.


Waterproof clothing: You should always carry some sort of raincoat, even on a very short walk or with a good forecast - better to carry it and not need it than get very wet! If you have them, carry overtrousers as well.


Other clothing: Your other clothing can just be "normal" clothes - loose fitting or stretchy trousers (to allow easy movement), t shirt, and fleece or jumper etc. You should not wear jeans as if these get wet they will stay wet and cling to your legs - not much fun! In summer you may prefer to wear shorts.


Headwear and handwear: During the winter you should carry a wooly or similar hat, and gloves. In summer you should have a sunhat or cap etc.

Sometimes we are more ambitous and go up big hills in the Peak District, Lake District, Dartmoor, Scotland etc, for these walks you need to be a bit better prepared -


Headwear: A surprisingly large amount of heat is lost via the head, so a woolly hat is always a good idea and should always be carried, especially during the winter. A cap may prove useful in keeping sun from your eyes, if the weather demands.


Bodywear: Layering is the buzz word here e.g. T-shirt, shirt, jumper & fleece. Remember, if walking in hilly areas the weather on the tops can be very different to that in the valley, so carry spares. Lots of thin layers are best as they allow your temperature to be controlled more effectively. Although you may not want to carry too much you should carry enough spare clothing to keep warm if you have to stop.


Rainwear: A waterproof and windproof jacket should be carried all year round. Waterproof trousers should also be carried if you have them.

Handwear: Gloves or mittens, preferably waterproof, should be carried all year round.

Legwear: Denim should not be worn in these areas because once it gets wet it stays wet. We may not let you walk if you turn up wearing jeans. Instead, choose materials that are quick drying and wind resistant - tracksuit bottoms, corduroys or combat trouser are all fine. Gaiters can prove invaluable when crossing streams and boggy ground.


Footwear: Socks - some form of loop stitch is best and wool is warmest. Most people wear two pairs for extra comfort.


Boots: either leather walking boots, waxed for waterproofing or properly treated fabric walking boots

These items will be needed all year round, even in summer

If you are in any doubt about the type of area we will be walking in, and therefore what clothing and equipment you will need, contact the walk leader or weekend organiser in advance.

Please Note that walk leaders have the absolute discretion to refuse to take someone who is not properly clothed, shod and equipped for the prevailing conditions. This is for your own safety.



You will need a rucksack of some sort for all walks - this must be large enough to carry your food and drink and adequate clothing for the conditions (e.g. rainwear, spare fleece - Or to put your fleece etc in if you need to take it off). It's a good idea to line it with a heavy-gauge plastic bag, or get a rain cover for the outside of it.

Inside Your Rucksack: Spare clothing, packed lunch, packet of wine gums etc. for extra energy or to pass around, camera, non-glass drinks bottle, money (for the pub), sunglasses (useful in all seasons) and suncream (for the optimists!). On walks in hilly or exposed areas you should also carry a torch (just in case) and if possible a whistle and orange plastic bivi bag (for emergencies).


Food & Drink

For daywalks you will only need your packed lunch, but make sure you bring plenty, as walking is hungry work! Although we often stop at a pub at lunchtime, especially during local / low level walks, there is not always time to buy pub food so bring sandwiches anyway.

Bring plenty of water, too, particularly during the warmer months. Some people replenish their supplies with water from mountain streams, but this cannot be officially recommended. Alcoholic drinks should not be carried, but Tango makes a good supplement to water!

Weekends Away

For weekends away we now usually stay in cabins so all you need is spare clothes, toothbrush etc.

Food is usually bought in bulk, including packed lunches, so you don't need to bring your own. Evening meals are generally supplied by the local hostelry so you need to bring enough money to pay for this (and several pints as well!).

For occasional camping weekends or longer trips specific details will be provided.

If you find yourself responsible for buying the food for a weekend away you should find this list helpful (based on 12 people for 1 day) -


24 sausages
24 bacon
9 eggs
2 black puddings
2 baked beans
1/2 cereal variety boxes
2 pints milk
cooking oil
2 loafs bread white/ wholemeal
250g marg
2 cartons orange juice


24 rolls
12 crisps
12 fruit drinks
8 apples
8 bananas
8 oranges
1 tuna
200g cheese
20 ham slices

Thanks to Newcastle University Fellwalking Society for allowing their clothing & equipment list to be used and modified.

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