Walking in all weathers

A group of walkers with umbrellas and hoods up walking in the rain

The British weather isn't always the most appealing weather for walking. It might be gloomy, wet, cold and miserable - but luckily that's what things like umbrellas, coats, scarves and hats are for. As our walkers have said to us many times, there's no such thing as bad weather, only the wrong clothing!

Contrary to popular opinion, walking in the rain can be thoroughly enjoyable - new sights, smells, sounds and creatures appear that aren't always around when it's dry or mild. And lots of landscapes are completely breath-taking when they're covered in snow. 

Walk in all seasons

If you're walking in the summer, make sure you wear sun cream - factor 15 as a minimum - and take it with you if you'll be gone a while. Take plenty of water to sip as you go. And wear loose, lightweight clothing. Try to keep out of the sun when it's at its hottest (between 11am and 3pm). 
In the autumn, temperatures can vary, so wear a few layers that you can take off and put back on when you need to. If it's particularly chilly, you can always dig out your hat, scarf and gloves. And as the evenings get darker, remember to use well-lit paths. 
In the winter, it's best to get out and make the most of the daylight - and walking can be an excellent way to fight those winter blues! Again, make sure you're on well-lit paths if you walk in the evenings - and wrap up warm with lots of layers. 
Spring can be lovely for walks, but it can still be chilly, so take enough layers to keep warm. You might want to take an umbrella with you too - to beat those April showers. In fact, if you're going to be out walking a lot you might want to get yourself a waterproof jacket that you can keep at hand all year round, as you never know when you might need it! 

Be prepared, whatever the weather

If you're planning a longer or more intense walk, or if you want to prepare for particularly extreme weather conditions, you can find out more about safety and equipment from the Ramblers