Walking is an exceedingly safe activity although minor accidents can happen so it is best to follow a few simple safety rules to keep you well and safe on your walks.
Any type of shoe if fine for walking if you are only going short distance but if you are planning longer walks it may be best to get a well fitting shoe or boot that is designed for the surface you are walking on. If you expect to get into a bit of mud or be out walking when it is raining it is probably best to get waterproof footwear as wet feet can rub.
Hot weather, long hikes, ill fitting or wet footwear can cause blisters, if you are prone to blisters check out our Prevent Blisters Guide.
If you plan to walk during night hours it is best to wear reflective clothing or armbands to make sure you are seen by others, particularly if you are walking along roads.
If you are walking along lanes and footpaths, be aware of uneven ground, low hanging branches and overgrown plants such as brambles and stinging nettles. Walking with a trekking pole (or two) can help you remain steady on uneven ground, help you to keep your balance if you stumble as well as being very handy for knocking brambles etc out of the way if the path becomes blocked.
it is always a good idea to tell someone where you are going and when you expect to be back and carry a mobile phone with you wherever possible.
If you are heading off of the trails ensure you are able to map read properly or know exactly where you are going; you do not want to get lost.
Professional Training: Nothing can compare to professional training delivered by qualified trainers who can carefully guide you through how to safely learn and practice the required techniques in a controlled environment.
Medical Advice: Before taking part in a new sport or activity you should consult your doctor or other healthcare worker to identify any potential risks to your wellbeing. This is particularly important if you are pregnant, elderly, suffered previous injuries, suffering from a long term medical condition, or disabled. Whilst these conditions do not preclude you from taking part in most activities, getting advise can help you adapt to suit your individual needs.