Walking, which is arguably the most enjoyable of pastimes and undoubtedly one of the healthiest, can be tailored to meet the requirements of almost anyone.
Your preference might be for a gentle stroll of three to four miles along a quiet riverside or woodland path, or perhaps a strenuous hill walk of ten miles or more. Whichever you choose, provided you are properly equipped, your walk will not only be safer but also more enjoyable. This does not mean taking everything including the kitchen sink. If you are a keen photographer a camera with spare films or memory card is essential, binoculars are mandatory for a birdwatcher and the artist would need his sketchbook and pencil. But remember, everything you take will be extra weight that has to be carried.
Choosing the right rucksack is important. Visit an outdoor shop and try all the various styles, ask for help and advice to make your choice. Your rucksack needs to be comfortable and large enough for all your items, with room for the odd extra item when required.
What to wear and carry will obviously depend on the season, the weather and good sense, but the items in the lists opposite are recommended. Think carefully about what to take. Some extra items may be needed on a hill walk which could be left behind when walking through the lower meadows. However, due to our unpredictable climate, a spare wool sweater and waterproofs should always be included, you know it makes sense!