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Whether you’re a pavement stomper, mountain hiker, countryside rambler or casual ambler, here’s everything you need to know to help you achieve your goal.


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Sunrise to Remember – get ready!

Sunrise to Remember is on Saturday and we hope that you are feeling really excited about being part of the first ever virtual event for St Barnabas House!

Join us live on Facebook at 6am from the comfort of your own home, and as the sunrises we will (virtually) join together before you set off on your 7 mile walk.

Don’t forget to join us again on Facebook Live at the end of your walk for a big virtual cheers to celebrate your success, well done messages from supporters and a breakfast of champions cook along!

For all the information you need for the day we have made this handy guide.

We can’t wait to (virtually) see you there!

 

Have you ever thought about how you walk?

What’s your style or do you just get out and walk? It’s not something that we all necessarily think about but there are small changes and improvements that you can make to take on a walk that is not just a challenge but perhaps further than the distance that you are used to.

A little bit of practice is all it takes! We have found this really useful video from Sport Walk about how you can effectively walk faster and further, have a look.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P9fYOI2NeW4

 

 

Socks! 

Soft and fluffy, pretty patterns or the reliable simple black cotton, socks come in all sorts of wonderful creations and in our opinion the comfier the better! 

You may have got your walking boots sorted and are raring to get going but don’t forget that your socks play a vital role in keeping your feet as happy as possible, no matter the distance you are walking.  

When it comes to walking socks there are different materials and weights but what does that actually mean? Go Outdoors aim to answer that question! 

Once you have got that sorted out, have a look at the guide from Snow and Rock on what a technical walking sock actually is and how getting it right will help you on your next adventure. 

 

 

How to use trekking poles

With the South Downs Trek coming up in a little over a month, you might be starting to ask yourself whether you should include trekking poles in your kit list. The best way to determine this is to try them out!

Trekking poles can help to reduce stress on your knees, back and feet – but it’s important to be using the correctly to avoid injury.

Check out this video from Chase Mountains on how to use trekking poles correctly.

 

Finding your way

There are so many apps out there to help us with daily life – literally anything that we could want! But when it comes to going out for a walk its hard to know which app can help.

You may not always have your trusty map handy but we have come across this great app from Kamoot which you can download from your app store. It has so many features and has the advantage of showing all the local countryside paths!

As well as the map you can record your walks and see your achievements. Have a look and see if the features will work for you.

 

 

Your walking kit list

When planning on going out for a walk there can be so many things to think about. Apart from the obvious – phone, purse, keys what else is there to take? Having a kit list in mind will be essential to having a great walk and making sure that you are prepared for every possibility, including the ever-changeable British weather.

We become so reliant on technology but when you are out walking you may find that a map, compass and torch are really what you need. Have a look at our really useful walkers kit list we created for our South Downs Trek walkers.

 

 

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