One of the UK’s most popular walking destinations is the Peak District and Derbyshire. Whether you are looking for an easy circular walk that only takes a couple of hours, or something more challenging with hills and crags that you can traverse over the course of a few days, you are sure to find a walking trail that suits you. However, if you are going to be heading out onto the trails, it is important that you are prepared for this type of excursion through nature, especially if you’ve never gone on a walking holiday before.
Plan Your Route
The first thing you need to do is consider which trails you are going to be walking. After you have finished selecting which walking trails to tackle, you are going to want to obtain a corresponding map of the path in question. You can either download the maps or purchase a paper copy. While there is much debate as to whether digital or paper maps are better, the two work best in harmony. Your handheld device will tell you exactly where you are and it is comfortable to hold, however, a paper map is never going to lose its signal or run out of battery power. If you are going to be starting and ending at different points, keep in mind that you are eventually going to have to figure out what to do at the end of your walk.
If you are going to be starting and stopping your walk at the same place every day, consider renting one of the Peak District Cottages to serve as your accommodation for your stay. On the other hand, if you are going to be starting and stopping in different locations every day, you might have to do some extra planning. You can rent cottages along the way, you might choose to stay in “bed and breakfasts,” or you can extend the nature theme by camping outdoors throughout your holiday.
If you are staying in a village, you are likely to find a pub that is serving evening meals. If you choose to stay at a bed and breakfast, you will get breakfast and some of the hosts will even pack a lunch box for your next day’s walk. If you decide to camp, you are going to have to ensure that you are carrying enough food and water to get you through your trip. Keep in mind, if you are going to be camping during your walk, you also need to pack and carry all of your camping gear.
Gather Your Gear
As you plan your walking trip, it is important to consider your equipment. First, ensure that you have some good walking boots, and ensure that they are tightly fastened before you begin your walk. You are also going to want a good rucksack and waterproofs to protect yourself from the ever-changing British weather. When you are packing your rucksack, pack a wide range of layers and some lightweight trousers; you should also pack your maps, navigation equipment, water, lunches, and extra snacks. Since you are likely to get blisters at some point during your walk, ensure that you also pack a first aid kit. Once you have finished making all your plans for your walking trip, you are ready to go out and enjoy the walks through the beautiful countryside.