Waterproof Outer Jacket (With Hood)
A good quality waterproof jacket is essential for walking in the UK. Choose one that is lightweight (so can fit inside your backpack if the sun decides to shine) and is made out of a breathable fabric- this will help to stop you getting too sweaty when your out walking.
A good quality pair of walking boots is essential, especially for some of our more challenging upland walks, it doesn’t matter if boots are leather or fabric so long as they offer good ankle support and decent grip on the soles and offer protection from water.
Waterproof Over Trousers
Waterproof trousers can be easily packed away when you don’t need them, but make your walks a lot more enjoyable when the heavens do open.
Its advisable to bring a little cash with you as you may need to contribute towards transport (normally £3-£5) or we may stop for a pint or a coffee on the way home if the opportunity arises!
Food & Drink
A packed lunch and flask of tea or coffee is strongly advised, and bring plenty of water to keep yourself hydrated and a few extra high calories snacks (chocolate, nuts, trail mix etc) is also handy in an emergency (or if you work up an appetite).
Torch (Ideally a head torch)
A torch will come in handy if you ever find yourself out in the dark, and can be useful to signal for help in an emergency.
A simple bit of kit that can save your life should you end up stranded from the rest of your walking group.
Its always a good idea to bring your phone with you, just in case you need it in an emergency and to also take some photos of the beautiful British countryside when out on your walk.
Pack an extra layer (such as a fleece top) just in case you need it, if you get stuck out in the element you will be glad of the extra layer.
Comfortable Base Layer / T Shirt
As this is the layer next to your skin make sure to choose a wickable fabric (such as a base layer top, sports top or other athletic wear) avoid wearing cotton T-shirts as they get clammy and are not comfortable when wet or sweaty!
Warm Hat & Gloves
It gets cold up in the mountains, or on the coast, or most places in Wales when you get out walking so its best to be prepared and pack a warm hat and gloves
Fleece / Warm Mid layer
A fleece or similar type top is essential to wear beneath your waterproof jacket, you may not need it when your walking up hill, but when you stop for a rest you may get cold and be glad of that extra layer of clothing.