Hiking and walking in BritainAt Easter the trees are in bud and the nodding daffodils are flowering, in April and May the countryside is bedecked with a stunning display of wild and meadow flowers. In summertime our hedgerows and cottage gardens are in glorious full bloom before the hills are carpeted by the late summer heather. In October the trees are transformed with beautiful autumnal hues before winter sets in - there's nothing more rewarding than wrapping up warm for a winter's walk before returning home to a real fire.
Britain enjoys long summer evenings, where night falls around 11.00p.m. at Midsummer. In the winter months (December, January and February) the days are short, however the high pressure clear frosty weather which sometimes occurs affords stunning views and is exhilarating for walkers.
For the visitor, it is not necessary to have a lot of specialist gear, but it is more important to be correctly prepared.
From a meteorologist's viewpoint, our constantly changing pattern of weather is softened by the surrounding influence of a relatively warm sea. In upland regions the changes are accentuated. Weather in or on the hills can also be very localized.
Britain is subject to a variety of different airstreams which alter frequently giving our climate its reputation for changeability. We recommend bringing the following clothing and equipment when walking. The items in blue are essential.
This trip is well within the ability of any reasonably fit person, irrespective of age. All our walks are between five and ten miles per day. The walks take place on old footpaths and tracks, occasionally on roads, through pastureland, also up on the moors or hills. On occasions, the going underfoot may be stony, rough and can also be boggy or slippery, depending on recent weather. There will also be plenty of wooden or stone stiles and sometimes small streams to cross.
Most of our walks take place in undulating countryside where we may ascend five hundred feet at times. Such climbs are usually achieved over a mile or more, and are therefore not terribly steep. Exceptionally, a day's walk involves a climb of over a thousand feet throughout the day.
Back-up transport is also available on our scheduled walks.
IT IS VERY IMPORTANT , especially if you have not been walking for some time, that you test your fitness levels before coming on a LancasterAuthentic vacation. Walking for approximately the distances described above, involving some climbing, is recommended if you are at all unsure.
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