Langdale is a spectacularly beautiful valley in Cumbria, UK, and a popular place for walkers and hikers. In summer the valley is a swathe of wide green looking from Rosset Pike, and Scafell Pike can be climbed from a route out of the valley. Hill-walking and hiking are great ways to enjoy the outdoors and escape from the office routine, but it is important to be safety-conscious and to make the right preparations before setting out.
British weather is famously fickle and unpredictable, but for unprepared walkers, the consequences can be more serious than a cancelled barbecue. Tips for good preparedness include:
Wearing the right clothes. The right garments include a top layer which is waterproof. Cagoules and jackets designed for hikers include lots of zip pockets to store essential items, and a roll up hood that tucks away inside the collar. Underneath, wear several warm fleecy fine layers rather than one thick item.
Sturdy friendly boots. Buy proper walkers’ boots which protect the ankles and which are waterproof. Most styles have grip soles. Wear thick hikers’ socks underneath, and to avoid blisters, don’t wear a new pair of boots for the first time on a long hike. Remember your feet swell during walking as the day progresses, so don’t choose boots which are too snug.
Acquire a proper rucksack for essential equipment. A rucksack on your back helps you to maintain balance and leaves your hands free. Essential items are:
- energy bars or chocolate
- a fully-charged mobile phone
- a map
- a small first aid kit
- a torch
Leave details of your trip. Before you set out, leave details of your intended route, and your expected return time, with family or friends. Should you be trapped up a mountain in bad weather, help will reach you sooner, if people are alerted early.
Injury Lawyers in Langdale
Have you suffered from injuries due to an accident through the carelessness or actions of a third party? If you think you might wish to make a personal injury claim, you could be searching for injury lawyers in Langdale. You’ll need to widen the search across Cumbria as the valley is largely uninhabited, or you could ask us at Accident Advice Helpline. You can contact us through the site, or phone one of our knowledgeable advisors on our 24/7 Freephone help lines. The numbers are 0800 689 0500 from a land line or on 0333 500 0993 (from your mobile). If you’d prefer us to call you, simply text “CLAIM365” to 88010. Do it now.
Date Published: 1st December 2013
Author: David Brown