Is it possible to walk in cold weather, in hot weather, in the rain or dark? What should walkers wear, how long should they walk, what is the best thing to drink and how do walkers keep going in all conditions safely and comfortably. These are all valid walking questions and we are here to help answer them!
Our B&B Ireland Walkers Welcome tips and advice will keep you on the right track and help you make the most of your walking holiday in Ireland. Don’t forget your B&B host is a walking champion and will also be able to give you advice on walking in the local area around your B&B! When you are enjoying a walking holiday in Ireland there are a few things you must consider in order to keep yourself safe and in good healths.
It is recommended that walkers dress to suit the weather. In Ireland the weather is very changeable so it is advisable to be prepared for all conditions. Ireland is known to have weather that reflects ‘four seasons in one day’.
Wearing several layers is advisable rather than one thick garment. Layers can then be removed or added as the temperature changes.
Bring a waterproof outer layer to prepare yourself for the rain. Your waterproofs should cover you top to toe. Many waterproofs are lightweight and can be packed away compactly in your backpack.
Cotton garments are cool in warm weather, but also dry very easily and are lightweight if they get wet. There is nothing worse for a walker than wearing heavy denim in warm weather or being weighed down by it when it gets wet. Your B&B will provide laundry and drying services for your clothing.
Keep a complete change of clothes in the car or at your B&B for the end of the walk.
Strong, waterproof walking boots with a good grip and ankle support are essential for serious walkers, especially for off-road and hill walking.
Comfortable, waterproof walking shoes (not runners) are ok for casual walking on country roads or walkways.
Your B&B host can provide you with a packed lunch and drinks to include in your backpack.
Do not over pack your backpack as you do not want it to get heavy.
A waterproof backpack with good straps is necessary to keep your belongings dry and your hands free to keep your balance.
Speak to your B&B host about requirements for your packed lunch the night before. Special dietary requirements are catered for.
Your B&B host will give you all the information about local walks including maps, guides and directions.
Watch the weather report the night before or ask your B&B host to give you the local weather information.
Avoid high terrain such as hills or mountains if rain, low cloud or fog are forecast.
Always let your B&B host know where you are going and an approximate return time in case you run into any difficult. Your B&B host can raise the alarm if you do not return to the B&B at a certain time.
Do not walk in upland areas alone unless you are very experienced and have informed your B&B host where you are going.
To prevent falls and injuries, keep your hands out of your pockets, especially when decending from upland areas.
Make sure you choose the right type of walk for your ability – easy, moderate or strenuous.