The Lake District is one of the UK’s most treasured gems. Home to stunning crystal-clear lakes, rugged mountains and quaint villages bursting with tea shops and traditional English pubs, The Lakes have something for everyone, from those who like to push their bodies to the limit to those looking to unwind and enjoy high tea with a view.
If you’re planning an adventure trip to Cumbria later this year, here are some recommendations to help you stay safe and swerve slips, trips and falls:
If you’re a hiking enthusiast and you’re gearing up for a weekend in the Lake District, it’s always beneficial to plan ahead so that you know where you are going, the level of difficulty you are facing and what to take with you. Do some research into hikes and routes and always take a good map and a compass with you.
Sort out your hiking kit
When you’re clambering up mountains and navigating treacherous terrain, you don’t want to be weighed down, but there are some essential items you should carry with you on a hike. These include a first aid kit, a compass, some warm layers, a water bottle, a mobile phone and a whistle, which will help you to attract attention if you suffer injuries or in the event of a slip or trip. Always tell somebody where you are going before you set off and maintain regular contact to let them know that you are safe.
Look out for weather updates and safety warnings
Hiking is a relatively safe pursuit, but there are potential hazards to be wary of; the weather is unpredictable at the best of times and in the Lake District, conditions can be very dangerous, especially in the winter months. Watch local weather forecasts, check the Met Office website and look out for local weather warnings and updates from the Coast Guard and Mountain Rescue teams before you set off. If there are warnings in place, it is advisable to avoid hiking until the adverse conditions pass. If you do decide to go out, you may be at risk of suffering potentially serious injuries.
Is it possible to claim for an accident in The Lakes?
In order to be awarded no-win no-fee* compensation for a public place accident or slip, trip or fall injuries, you must be able to prove that you were not at fault for the incident. If you would like more information about personal injury claims or you would like advice from an experienced legal team, contact Accident Advice Helpline on 0800 689 0500.
Date Published: July 22, 2015
Author: Accident Advice