The desire to explore is inherent in all of us; it’s the part of you that yearns to be outside when you gaze out of the office window on a summer’s day or open the curtains at the weekend to reveal clear blue skies and streaming sunshine. It doesn’t matter whether you answer that call with a gentle stroll via a country pub on a Sunday afternoon, or a multi-day trek in the Brecon Beacons, the important thing is that you’re out there, experiencing the world around you, one step at a time.
It’s easy to feel hemmed in, especially if you spend most of your time in the city, but if you look at Britain from a bird’s eye view you’ll see just how much of it is still green and waiting to be discovered. Hiking is a great way to enjoy the world around you, and you’d be surprised at what’s available on your doorstep. Never underestimate the therapeutic value of fresh air in your lungs and the blood pumping through your veins; beautiful views, the refreshing sound of the wind blowing through the trees rather than the rumble of engines and the chance to step back, take a breath and remind yourself of what’s important.
Hiking can be a bit of a vague concept. What makes a hiker? When does walking become rambling? When does rambling become hiking and when does a hike become a trek? Hiking Essentials focuses on all facets of hiking, from how to get started and where to go, to some great ways to challenge yourself. We’ll be giving you the low-down on everything from footwear and backpacks, to camping essentials and groovy gadgets, so you can get a better idea of what you actually need for your adventure, without having to learn the hard way!