The South Downs Way is an area of stunning natural beauty, with some of the finest countryside between Winchester and the white chalk cliffs of Eastbourne. That’s why it attracts so many nature enthusiasts, hikers and adventurers.
If you’re planning on walking the South Downs Way and you’re eager to avoid slips, trips and falls and reach the peak injury-free, here is some useful advice.
Before you begin walking the South Downs Way
Before you set off on your journey, you should plan your route with a map and find some points along the way to rest your legs and refuel.
Check the weather forecast before you leave home. Extreme weather conditions are rare in Southern England, but ice and snow are not uncommon and these weather conditions can make walking very difficult.
Before you head out
A good breakfast is always an excellent way to start the day, especially if you are planning on going on a long walk. Porridge is the best option, as it is a slow-releasing carbohydrate. This means that it will gradually release the energy into your body, serving you more efficiently on the South Downs than a full English breakfast.
What to take with you
Ideally, you should have the following items with you to reduce the risk of an accident when walking the South Downs Way:
- a map and a compass
- sturdy walking boots and thick socks
- a waterproof jacket
- a first aid kit
- a torch and a spare battery
- your fully charged mobile phone
Take food and water
When you are walking the South Downs Way you should also take some basic essentials to keep you hydrated and maintain energy levels. If you don’t stay hydrated you can suffer painful cramp which can bring your walk to a standstill. This could be a serious problem if you are walking through harsh weather conditions.
Snacks are good for maintaining energy levels. A chocolate bar and a pack of nuts, for example, are suitable sources of energy which can easily fit into a side pocket of your backpack.
How to react in an emergency situation
If you fall in a public place, such as the South Downs Way, and you need urgent assistance, use your mobile phone to call 999, wrap yourself up and keep warm and give the emergency services your location using map coordinates.
If you’ve been injured in a walking accident and you were not at fault, call Accident Advice Helpline on 0800 689 0500, for expert no-win, no-fee* advice on claiming slip, trip and fall compensation.
Date Published: October 5, 2016
Author: Accident Advice