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  1. Long Distance Challenge Walks In Northumberland

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    Up for a challenge?

    Challenge walks are, more or less, exactly how they are named. Completing a long walk in the company of others, often with checkpoints along the way, and usually to be completed within a set time. They can be very demanding and not to be undertaken lightly but they are also loads of fun and a structured event offers loads of support. Shepherd’s Walks has a number of these events set in the stunning scenery of Northumberland. Each walk has checkpoints with water stations and there’s first aid cover and support vehicles available for walkers who have to drop out on the route.


    • Cragside Challenge Walk, 29 June – starting from Cragside, near Rothbury, the 13 mile route takes in the Simonside Hills.
    • St. Cuthbert’s Challenge Walk, 10 August – after checking in at Wooler, walkers will be transferred to Melrose to walk along the lovely 19.5 mile cross-border section of this long distance route.
    • Kielder Challenge Walk, 7 September – walkers make a 25.3 mile circuit of Europe’s largest man-made lake.


    Items of kit that should be a necessity in your backpack for a long distance challenge walk is a map and compass (and know how to use them!), a whistle to signal search and rescue if an emergency arises, windproof and waterproof clothing, extra warm clothes including a base layer set, food and drink, a torch for path finding at night and for signalling, hat and gloves, and a first aid kit that includes sunscreen.


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  2. Ten Essential Items Of Kit For Summer Hill Walkers

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    With summer around the corner, it’s important not to take the hills for granted when heading off for the day. Britain’s mountain rescue teams advise hill walkers not to drop their guard and make sure they are well-prepared for fast-changing weather, navigation errors and accidents. A key consideration is to pack your rucksack with the ten essentials and always let a reliable person know where you are going and when you expect to return.

    For help from Mountain Rescue, call the Police on 999 and ask for Mountain Rescue

    Ten essentials for hill walkers

    • Map & compass – know how to use them!
    • Whistle – to signal searchers
    • Torch – for path finding and signalling – take spare batteries
    • First aid kit
    • Warm drink and food
    • Windproof and waterproof clothing
    • Hat & gloves
    • Extra warm clothes – fleece is ideal
    • Emergency rations
    • Emergency shelter – survival bag big enough to get into


  3. White Cliffs Of Wight Beckon This May

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    Adventure holiday expert Exodus is sponsoring the Isle of Wight Walking Festival 2013 – the largest walking festival of its kind in Europe. It will take place across three weekends between 4 and 19 May 2013, featuring over 200 guided walks across the stunning Isle of Wight countryside.

    Now in its fifteenth year, the festival will offer a full range of walking routes to suit all abilities, from leisurely ambles around the town of Ryde, to an epic twenty-four hour, non-stop journey along all 72 miles of the island’s perimeter. All walks will be led by one of 200 dedicated volunteer guides, each an expert in the area.

    Exodus will be running a number of dedicated walks over the two weekends, from the slow and gentle Tennyson Trail on Saturday 4 May, which will follow in the footsteps of the famous poet, to the challenging Charybdis Passage held on Saturday 11 May. While the dedicated Isle of Wight Walking Festival guides will lead these walks, members of the Exodus team will be taking part and providing fun motivational treats along the way.

    As well as getting their walking boots muddy, the Exodus team will be hosting their own special presentation evening event, led by Exodus director Jim Eite for the festival’s walkers to explore their range of overseas walking holidays.

    Jim Eite, product director of Exodus Travels, says “We are thrilled to take part in this fantastic event. Though we have been taking walking holidays across the globe from Oman to Argentina for over 38 years, this festival is a great opportunity for people to discover the wonders of walking right here in the UK, as well as celebrating our new series of UK walking weekends that we’re launching this year.

    To celebrate their involvement, Exodus is also running a competition to win a walking holiday for two to the Amalfi Coast of Italy. The lucky winner of this walking holiday will be announced at the Isle of Wight Autumn Walking Weekend between 25 and 28 October 2013.

    More details and a full programme of walks can be found the Isle of Wight Walking Festival website at

    Whether you’re looking to enjoy a gentle ramble or a tough trekking holiday in the Greater Ranges, you’ll find what you need to make the most of your time in the Sub Zero Store’s product index with all walkers’ and trekkers’ needs from toasty thermal baselayers to mugs, flasks and first aid kits.


  4. Plan A Highland Adventure For The Family This Summer

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    More families can now experience the thrill of their own personalised and exclusive Highland adventure – including rock climbing, abseiling, hill walking and ridge walking to wild camping, loch fishing and navigation skills –  in the heart of some of the most stunning landscapes in the north west Highlands of Scotland. New outdoor activity company Highland Adventures based in Ullapool is run by qualified climbing instructor, mountain leader and local mountain rescue team member Ken Keith.

    The company offers families the opportunity to try out a specific activity, or take advantage of a fun Taster Day package which includes a little bit of everything.  Half and whole day activity packages are planned to suit each individual family’s needs, ages and abilities, so no-one gets left out and everyone will finish the day with a sense of achievement.

    The Highlands of Scotland provide a unique rock climbing environment, and the variety of rock types and scale of cliffs can present a challenge for mums, dads and kids alike.  And although families don’t have to be mad to abseil down a sheer cliff face, it certainly helps. The less adventurous can choose a gentle guided walk through scenic glens and smaller hills and learn about the history, geology and wildlife of the area, or try fishing in one of the many stunning hill lochs.

    Spending the night camping out and sleeping under the stars in the wilds of Scotland is likely to appear on many people’s ‘things to do before you die’ lists.  Nothing quite beats sitting beside a remote Scottish loch miles away from anyone and anywhere, with a freshly landed trout sizzling on the frying pan and a dram in hand (adults only!) as the sun sets over the mountain peaks.

    Highland Adventures is currently offering free kids places (under 18s) with two paying adults; B&B and packed lunches are an added option. For further information about all activities and packages visit or contact Ken on 01854 666331.


    As with any activity holiday, you’ll need to be dressed to suit the conditions. In the mountains, that means you should ensure that you pack your rucksack with the following – even in the summer:


  5. Emergency Kit For Winter Car Travel

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    Even when driving a reasonable short distance during the winter months,  you should be prepared for all weather eventualities and keep the following items in your car at all times:

    1. Torch with spare batteries – for inspecting your car and signalling
    2. First aid kit
    3. Necessary medications
    4. Sleeping Bag or Blankets – even a few old newspapers can help to insulate you from the cold
    5. Hat and gloves
    6. Spare clothes  – layers add insulation
    7. Small bag of sand or rock salt – for generating traction under wheels
    8. Small shovel – for clearing away snow from your wheels
    9. Ice scraper or brush
    10. High visibility vest
    11. Jump leads and tow rope
    12. Cards, games and puzzles – keep you and your passengers entertained
    13. High energy food – such as a chocolate bar, nuts, dried fruit
    14. Bottled Water – it may be cold and snowing but you still need to stay hydrated
    15. Filled spare fuel can
  6. Safety Kit To Carry In Your Rucksack

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    In your rucksack, a hot drink, food, snacks, basic first aid kit, survival bag and a head torch (check the batteries) are the bare essentials. A map and compass or GPS should be handy and in use whilst a safety whistle should be easy to reach not buried in a rucksack pocket. It’s worth giving your footwear and clothing a good check – clean, reproof and treat as needed. Plan a walk based on your fitness, realistic speed over the ground, daylight available and, of course, the weather. Let somebody know where you are going and head off for the fun.


  7. Basic First Aid For Walkers And Campers

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    First Aid For Outdoor Activities

    For most of us most of the time, first aid is about comfort rather than survival and everybody benefits from a simple first aid course (try St John Ambulance – In an ideal world, all outdoor enthusiasts would pack a first aid kit with their gear and know what to do in an emergency. Rather than pack a huge kit to try to cover all possibilities, it’s a good idea to keep a core of items that form the basis and add to it as appropriate for a longer trip or trek. Keeping a box of useful items at home means it takes no time to customise the basic first aid kit.

    Knowing how to deal with the simple problems positively helps not only your peace of mind but also may help others who you meet up with. There’s no need to become paranoid about first aid but even the briefest consideration of the most common problems might save a weekend camping from disintegrating into chaos.


    Minor cuts, scrapes and bruises – plasters, antiseptic wipes and cream

    Sprains – crepe bandage and strapping

    Blisters – a needle to puncture and dressings to suit

    Splinters – tweezers are really useful

    Scalds and minor burns – dressings and tape

    Cold and wet – always carry a spare set of thermal underwear and a survival bag

    Headaches and tummy upsets – your usual preferred tablets and treatments


    Many problems stem from dehydration. It can happen anywhere in any season so drink small amounts of liquid (not alcoholic) regularly and before you get thirsty – the first sign of dehydration.

    For walkers, a trekking pole helps with balance and is an invaluable support in the event of an ankle or knee sprain. In the event of a more serious problem then, even in mountain areas, the first step is to call the emergency services on 999. Appropriate action will be decided upon and co-ordinated and may involve a search and rescue team. You should never call them directly, especially if you are just tired or hungry- astonishingly, it happens. There is plenty of useful advice at

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