Ten required items for the wild Peak District

  1. Wear sturdy, comfortable shoes. They need to give you a good grip, shouldn’t break easily and most importantly need to be waterproof. The weather can be so unpredictable that you are basking in sunshine in the morning and have a rain storm in the afternoon. If you’re lucky it stays dry and sunny, but you could still have to make your way through loads of standing water. Don’t even contemplate bringing those nice, summery shoes! Leave them in your holiday cottage!
  2. Your feet deserve the best quality socks for the journey. If you don’t want to spoil your holiday you better wear socks that fit, as bear feet or ill fitting socks will cause painful blisters.
  3. Wear or carry a waterproof jacket with a hood. You can stay warm and dry, even though the weather might be unpredictable.
  4. You can’t rely on your mobile phone. Make sure to bring a good map and a compass. Mobile phone reception can be very patchy in the Peak District, so you have to make sure you know where you are in case your phone won’t know.
  5. The weather might tempt you otherwise, but make sure you wear trousers. They will keep you dry and stop injuries from twigs, rocks and other mishaps on the road. There might not be too many mosquitos and midges, it’s best to make sure you’re protected.
  6. The sun might not be shining that brightly, it’ll be best to slap on sun cream and to wear a hat and sunglasses. The weather conditions in the Peak often require you to protect yourself. If mosquitos tend to bite you, put on anti-mozzy cream, just in case.
  7. Make sure you take enough to drink with you. When it’s cold it might be a good idea to take a hot drink in a thermos flask. Not every walk will include a pub lunch, so take some sandwiches with you.
  8. Make sure you have spare clothes with you to keep warm and dry when you might need them.
  9. Hopefully you’ll never need it, but if you’re making an arduous, long trek, pop an emergency pack in your rucksack. This should contain a whistle, a torch, some sugary food and a waterproof sleeping bag. It’s also handy to have some plasters, antiseptic and a bandage with you.
  10. Bring your camera. The light in the Peak District is always changing, even on cloudy days, and you’ll find plenty of photo opportunities.

You’ll find plenty of walking guides for the Peak District and there are even holiday companies to plan your walking trips.

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