OFF THE BEATEN TRACK

Posted on July 25th, 2018

 

Why climb a hill?  Is it the challenge – the physical exercise or maybe just the uncompromising and simple fact that as you wander by, you have a need to climb it or you don’t? You can never underestimate the beauty, the solitude, and the unknown paths. The hills offer such a great antidote to crazy busy lives. The steep slog requiring little concentration, save that of avoiding cows and putting your feet in the right place to ensure you do not slip are all we need to feel grounded and connected to our surroundings. In some ways it is an absolute escape into another world.

 

At Montgomery, we love a bit of walking and depending on the terrain, you don’t need more than your favourite coat and a sturdy pair of shoes. If you’re heading up top or planning a decent hike, then you need a warm coat, waterproofs and sturdy walking boots. It gives you the chance to explore some of the most iconic and beautiful hills in the UK. Whether you want to get some fresh air with the kids, spend time with friends or colleagues or find your next personal challenge, getting active outdoors is great for mind, body and soul.

Ordnance Survey Image Get Outside

You can roam the length and breadth of the British Isles, with the Lake District and other National Parks setting the scene. If you’re after something a bit more challenging, then Ben Nevis and Snowdon are the highest mountains in Scotland and Wales respectively are particularly popular hill walks. Adventure is right at your fingertips and if you fancy something a bit more organised, you can take part in numerous hill walking challenges that come in all sorts of shapes and sizes – everything from UK walks for the whole family to epic treksup some of the country’s most stunning mountains. On a clear day, your efforts might just be rewarded with the most spectacular and breathtaking views.

 

 

Top tips for your hill walking expedition

  • Respect the mountain
    Always number one, even in summer the temperatures can dip well below freezing on Ben Nevis. Keep a close eye on the weather report before you set out and notice what’s happening around you. Weather on a mountain can be extreme and change very quickly.

 

  • Training advice
    If your going on a serious adventure walk you’ll need to prepare, not just for the distance and ascents but also descents, which can put pressure on your body. (Training with ankle weights is a good idea as they can help you build up some natural strength in your legs)

 

  • What to pack
    You’ll need a map and compass, waterproof jacket and trousers, hat and gloves. You can never underestimate how fast the weather can change and you must always respect the terrain. It’s useful to carry a head-torch and batteries, first aid kit, survival bag, spare fleece and plenty of food and water.

 

  • Don’t get cut off
    Mobile phones are great, but you should never rely on your mobile phone. Batteries run low pretty quickly and some can pack up above 1,100m on Ben Nevis. Always let someone know where your going and when you plan to return.

 

  • Be responsible | leave no trace
    How’s the saying go; “Leave only footprints and take only pictures” It can be truly awesome to follow one of the paths around the National parks, but lets make sure its great for everyone and try to leave it as you find it. Stick to the paths and always take your litter home.

 

There are loads of truly fabulous walks around the Great British Isles, so lets get outside and enjoy it. #adventure #montgomeryadventure #summersale