Walkers are responsible for their own safety and should ensure they are properly dressed and equipped before setting out on any walks. Good footwear and waterproof clothing is essential. The secret of staying warm and comfortable in cold weather is to have multiple layers of clothing - this not only traps warm air it allows walkers to regulate body temperature by selectively adding or removing layers.
Don't forget to bring plenty of water, even on cold days, and something e.g. chocolate to give you a quick energy boost in the latter stages of long walks.
Please car share as much as possible or use the minibus, not only to save the planet but also because parking can be limited at some locations. If you are going directly to start of walks make sure to check beforehand to confirm the rendezvous time and location.
Walking is one of the safest outdoor activities but, as with any outdoors activities, it is not without risk and the risk increases as the grade of walks and the severity of the weather increases. Make sure you understand how walks are graded. The following advice should help minimise risk without compromising enjoyment.
This advice applies especially to hill and mountain walks over rough terrain.
Cedars Walking Group is affiliated with the Ulster Federation of Rambling Clubs and your membership of Cedars entitles you to discount at certain walking stores including Cotswold outdoor.
Ever been out in the mountains and unable to get a phone signal? What would you do if an emergency occurred and you needed to summon help? Clicking on the picture (right) will take you to a YouTube video that explains how to use your mobile phone in emergencies and, perhaps more importantly, how to register you phone so that you are able to text your location and details of the incident / casualty to the emergency services if it proves impossible to make voice contact.
Even if you read nothing else on this page, you should watch this video by Lyle Brotherton; it may help save a life.