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Experience | Hiking

One of the most simple and easiest forms of exercise is walking. From its most basic form, a quick stroll, little or no additional kit is required which makes it either cheap, or completely free! As you become more ‘serious’ there are, of course, important considerations to make. Walking is an excellent way to keep fit and healthy, but it’s also important to avoid problems when walking and in particular wear the right footwear and look after your feet.

Depending on where you’re walking, there are certain items you should consider taking with you. The weather can change quite rapidly, particularly on the moors of Exmoor and Dartmoor and these barren areas are very exposed to the elements.

There is no reason why extreme conditions should necessarily stop your walk; however it’s important to be prepared for sudden changes in the weather.

In addition to walking shoes or boots, wear specific walking socks. It’s advisable to layer your clothes (wear several thinner layers rather than one thick one), take a quality and breathable waterproof jacket – not of the type designed purely for fashion but one which has been designed specifically for technical outdoor use. Other items to consider are navigational equipment such as a compass, map or Global Positioning System (GPS). A high quality and well fitted backpack, water and if you plan a long trip the obvious items such as tent, camping equipment and food. It’s also good practice to take an emergency first aid kit and always tell someone where you are going, your intended route and your anticipated time of return.

Devon provides superb walking and hiking opportunities and either coastal or inland, the scenery is both breathtaking and exhilarating.

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Exmoor and Dartmoor offer rolling hills, heath, forests and rocky tors and the coastline is truly magnificent. Here you can walk the high cliffs along the South West Coast Path and take in the view, or explore the beautiful beaches which are randomly dotted along the way.

Devon has so much to offer the walker - whether you’re just looking for a casual stroll with the family or are a seasoned hiker looking for your next challenge.

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