Having recently done a self guided walking holiday in the Lake District, I would like to pass on my top tips for being prepared for a walk in the UK.
1) Be prepared for the route
Read through the guidebook, route notes and look at maps prior to each days walk. This will give you a better understanding of the route itself and allow you to know to look out for certain attractions and landscape features along the way.
Me walking through Great Tongue in the Lake District.
2) Be prepared for the weather
The British summer can be fairly unpredictable. Be prepared with both waterproof clothing and sun tan lotion. I did not take sun tan lotion while walking in the Lake District in June and highly regretted this decision...
Stopping for lunch at Wansfell Pike.
3) Be prepared physically
By looking through where you are walking each day this will allow you to know in advance the ascents and descents on your trip. This will then give you time to put in the appropriate exercise and training prior.
En route from Patterdale to Keswick.
4) Be prepared with your equipment
Making sure you have the right equipment for the trip before you go. Equipment and clothing that has been used/ worn on a previous trip can sometimes be an advantage. You don’t want to get any blisters from new boots!
5) Be prepared for a great adventure!
Going on a walking trip allows you time to de stress from the everyday norm. Being out in the open allows you a break from reality where you can immerse yourself in the open landscapes and wilderness.
Patterdale to Keswick