Situated where the South Downs meet the sea, the Seven Sisters chalk cliffs offer hikers a wonderful opportunity to explore a range of outstanding natural habitats.
The terrain, navigational demands and possible weather conditions mean safety is of utmost importance. Hikers should follow a few simple safety rules when hiking the Seven Sisters if potentially serious hiking accidents are to be avoided. Here are some of these rules:
- Never take the lead of a group unless you have sufficient navigational and leadership experience to deal with worst case scenarios
- Always weigh up your party’s capabilities (fitness, walking speed) and adjust both your walking pace and time expectations accordingly
- Make sure all members of your party wear suitable footwear to prevent slips and trips and clothing that will protect them against strong sun, rain or cold
- Ensure refreshments, especially water, are available for everyone at all times. Dehydration is a real risk, particularly during hot summer conditions
- Always keep dogs on leads
The walks around the Seven Sisters combine a range of different routes, including public footpaths and rights of way, bridleways, byways and access land, permissive paths and roads.
When walking on roads without defined verges or footpaths, walk facing oncoming traffic, except perhaps when encountering tight bends, where hikers could be more visible to drivers on the left. Public footpaths are occasionally unusable or blocked.
When taking the shortest available diversion, make sure you do not damage crops and close any gates you may have to pass through to prevent livestock escaping. Refrain from frightening or annoying livestock and ensure members of your party are not put at risk of accidental injuries by livestock.
While emergencies are comparatively rare, you should ensure you are prepared to deal with potential slip, trip or fall injuries by carrying a first aid kit. Having a qualified first aider in your party is also recommended, and you should always have a plan for how to summon help in case of serious accidents while hiking, bearing in mind that mobile phones may lose signal in isolated or mountainous areas. When embarking on a tougher hike, it is recommended to inform someone about where you are heading and when you expect to return.
Should you suffer an injury by slipping, tripping or falling through no fault of your own, you could be entitled to personal injury compensation. Accident Advice Helpline offers the help of experienced in-house lawyers for victims of slips, trips and falls in public places. Call us today on 0800 689 0500 to learn more.
Date Published: July 22, 2015
Author: Accident Advice