We all like getting out and enjoying the good weather, as clear sunny skies and long daylight hours can all mean a great full time enjoying the great walks the UK has to offer. However, the high temperatures we are experiencing at the moment have to be respected and here are a few precautions and tips so that you can still enjoy yourself. From socks to water see what you think

Start Early: nobody likes waking up early Monday through Friday for work, and even fewer people like waking up early on the weekend – but if you don’t want to go for weeks without getting your boots dirty, you’re going to have to get an early start. 11AM to 2PM is usually when the thermometer peaks, so if you can get most of your elevation gain over with before then you’re going to have a much nicer time out on your chosen walk or hike.

Cover Up: This may seem counterintuitive, but long sleeves are actually your friend here. The more of your body you can shield from the sun, the happier you’ll be. Loose-fitting long sleeves and pants paired with a wide-brimmed hat will do wonders on a summer hike. Remember to slather that sunscreen on every exposed part of your body –. Also, don’t wear cotton. Just don’t. Go with wool or wicking fabrics so check out the latest additions on the website

Hydrate, Hydrate, Hydrate: During most hiking, your body will lose about a litre of water every hour, and strenuous hiking in hot weather can more than double that amount. Be sure to bring more water than you think you’d need – and remember to sip often. Remember – if you’re thirsty, you’re already dehydrated. 

Rest: While you’re eating snacks and sipping that water, why not also find some time to sit down in the shade? Chilling out for a bit will give your muscles a chance to recover and also give your sweat some time to evaporate and cool down your body temperature.

Extra Socks: When I’m hiking in hot weather, I bring two pairs of socks. I don’t usually have a problem with blisters, but your feet sweat and if it’s hot out, they’re going to sweat more than they usually do. When I’m feeling hot spots in my boots I’ll take a break in the shade and swap socks. Check out the latest arrivals on the website.

Know the signs of heat stroke/exhaustion: When your core body temperature gets too high, you run the risk of suffering from heat stroke – a potentially lethal condition. The most common early signs are:
– Throbbing headache
– Dizziness
– Muscle cramps
– Nausea
– Disorientation or confusion
– Lack of sweating, despite hot temperatures.

So make sure you take note and you should still be able to enjoy your walking, even when the temperatures are at their peak, so make sure you have everything you need and if you do need those extra socks or an extra t-shirt then check out the website