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10 Hiking Essentials for Beginners

I have had several questions asking what it is I take with me on my hikes, or what should you pack when you go out on a hike. If you are a beginner, then this is for you. Preparing for a hike, and what you should wear, I will cover in a separate post.

Some people routinely overpack — they’re the ones carrying a sleeping bag and tent on a short dayhike, just in case. (Of course, by the end of the season they’ll be totally buff from hauling around all that extra weight!) Others eschew basic comforts like insoles and the fingertips on their gloves, all in the interest of shaving a bit of weight off their load.


Of course, most of us fall somewhere in between those two extremes. But the one thing we all have in common is that, unless you’re ready to plunge into the wilderness in nothing but your underpants with a knife clenched between your teeth, there’s a core list of essential gear you just can’t do without.

If you’re gearing up for your first hike, these are the items you just can’t do without:

  1. Map
  2. Compass
  3. Sunglasses and sunscreen
  4. Extra clothing
  5. Headlamp/flashlight
  6. First-aid supplies
  7. Firestarter
  8. Matches
  9. Knife
  10. Extra food

Know what these are and be equipped. Make sure you and your fellow backpackers are on the same page when it comes to who is bringing what. Double-check before you leave home. It can be a real downer to discover that no one brought a lighter for the stove or a water filter.


Go.

Wander, Hike.

I challenge you to plan a hike for this upcoming weekend – preferably Saturday or Sunday morning before football games start.  Get some great snacks, strap on your shoes, and go explore.  If you have tips to share with other would-be hikers, I’d love to hear what else we can do in the comments. 

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The UK Bucket list – Part 1

So in my very short previous, New Direction of Adventure, I talked about the ultimate UK bucket list. In this post, I am going to elaborate on each place, and talk a little bit more on each of the locations, before I go out and tackle them all, one by one!

Durdle Door, Dorset

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The magificant Durdle Door arch and beach is part of the Lulworth Estate and the Jurassic Coast World Heritage Site.

You can access the shingle beach on foot via a path and steps over the hill from Lulworth Cove or down from the Car Park (located on the cliff top at Durdle Door Holiday Park.). The beach is recommended by the Marine Conservation Society for excellent water quality.

Durdle Door is one of the most photographed landmarks along the Jurassic Coast. This rock arch in the sea was formed as a result of the softer rocks being eroded away behind the hard limestones, allowing the sea to punch through them. The name Durdle is derived from an Old English word ‘thirl’ meaning bore or drill. Eventually the arch will collapse to leave a sea stack such as those that can be seen at Ladram Bay in East Devon.

Each year more than 200.000 walkers use the footpath between Lulworth Cove and Durdle Door, making it the busiest stretch in the south west.

Below the cliffs lies a sweeping beach that was once three separate coves. This popular beach has no facilities although during the summer a mobile kiosk on the path leading to Durdle Door provides ice creams and refreshments.

Hadrian’s Wall, Cumbria

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Hadrian’s Wall Country stretches across the north of England from the west Cumbrian Roman coastal defences at Ravenglass, through Whitehaven, Workington and Maryport to Bowness-on-Solway, along Hadrian’s Wall through Carlisle to Hexham in Northumberland and on to Newcastle upon Tyne, Wallsend and South Shields.

Unlike many other historic places, Hadrian’s Wall Country has something for everyone – world class archaeology, spectacular landscapes, rare wildlife, complete solitude, vibrant cities, wonderful pubs and a population of friendly and welcoming people.

Hadrian’s Wall Country offers infinite opportunities for cherished memories and special moments. The sheer scale of the World Heritage Site combined with the four seasons, the living landscape and the people who live, work and visit here mean it is an ever changing canvas. It is where history is accessible to all, where adults and children learn and it is where the Romans are still part of everyday life 1,600 years after they left.

(info: http://www.visithadrianswall.co.uk)

Snowdonia, Gwynedd, Wales

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Situated on the west coast of Britain covering 823 square miles of diverse landscapes, Snowdonia National Park is a living working area, home to over 26,000 people. As well as being the largest National Park in Wales, Snowdonia boasts the highest mountain in England and Wales, and the largest natural lake in Wales, as well as a wealth of picturesque villages like Betws y Coed and Beddgelert. Snowdonia is an area steeped in culture and local history, where more than half its population speak Welsh.

Snowdonia attracts thousands of visitors each year who enjoy its amazing landscapes and the wealth of outdoor activities on offer. The National Park Authority’s aims are to conserve and enhance the natural beauty, wildlife and cultural heritage of the area; promote opportunities to understand and enjoy its special qualities; and to foster the economic and social wellbeing of its communities.

Snowdonia, the mountainous heart of southern Britain, is one of the UK’s most popular destinations for hiking and outdoor holidays. But there’s more to this region than craters and crags. It’s blessed with some of the most beautiful coastal scenery in Wales, on the Llŷn Peninsula and Cambrian Coastline. And its reputation for fine dining using Welsh meat, fish and cheese is growing all the time.

(info: http://www.visitwales.com/explore/north-wales/snowdonia-mountains-coasthttp://www.visitsnowdonia.info)

Stonehenge, Wiltshire

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Walk in the footsteps of your Neolithic ancestors at Stonehenge – one of the wonders of the world and the best-known prehistoric monument in Europe. Explore the ancient landscape on foot and step inside the Neolithic Houses to discover the tools and objects of everyday Neolithic life. Visit the world-class exhibition and visitor centre with 250 ancient objects and come face to face with a 5,500 year-old man.

Stonehenge is perhaps the world’s most famous prehistoric monument. It was built in several stages: the first monument was an early henge monument, built about 5,000 years ago, and the unique stone circle was erected in the late Neolithic period about 2500 BC. In the early Bronze Age many burial mounds were built nearby. Today, along with Avebury, it forms the heart of a World Heritage Site, with a unique concentration of prehistoric monuments.

(info: http://www.english-heritage.org.uk/visit/places/stonehenge/history/ & http://www.english-heritage.org.uk/visit/places/stonehenge/)

The Angel of The North, Gateshead

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Since spreading its wings in February 1998, Antony Gormley’s The Angel of the North has become one of the most talked about pieces of public art ever produced.

The Angel’s silhouette at the head of the Team Valley now rivals that of the famous Tyne Bridge.

A panoramic hilltop site was chosen where the sculpture would be clearly seen by more than 90,000 drivers a day on the A1 – more than one person every second – and by passengers on the East Coast main line from London to Edinburgh.

The site, a former colliery pithead baths synonymous with Gateshead mining history, was re-claimed as a green landscape during the early 1990s.

(info: http://www.gateshead.gov.uk/Leisure%20and%20Culture/attractions/Angel/Background/Background2.aspx)

That concludes part one. As you can see, some pretty stunning places there, all with their very own good reason why you should visit, explore and experience these places. Stay tuned for Part Two…………………………….

New Direction of Adventure

I have had a few weeks quiet due to trying to figure out the direction of adventure I was going.

The reason for this was I got a new dog, (Awwwwww) I know 🙂 and my travels and my focus had to go elsewhere. Going abroad would become harder, and I wanted my new hound to be part of the adventures with me. So I have been away looking and researching how me and him could adventure together.

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Thanks to a friend of mine, who posted on his Facebook, I found my inspiration of where my adventure would now take me, and surprisingly, its all very close to home. It’s amazing what you can find right on your own doorstep. It’s the ultimate bucket list of the UK 🙂

There is 16 things on the list, so should keep us busy for the next year or so, and I will blog for each and every one. If you haven’t seen it, click here.

The Next Adventure

Ok, so as part of my 12 different months, 12 different countries and 12 different cities, trip 2 of 12 is now all planned and ready to go. Now when I came up with the idea of doing this back in August of 2016, I had a clear plan of where I was going to go and when. But actually, I didn’t really like that idea, and decided to plan month by month, and not decide where I was going to go till a month before. This is far more exciting for me and much more enjoyable. I have kind of contradicted this though again, as I have planned the next 3 trips. But on this occasion, I’m going to talk about just the next one.

So the where!

Trip 2 of 12 will take me to Copenhagen in Denmark. Copenhagen; Danish: København; Latin: Hafnia is the capital and most populated city of Denmark. It has a municipal population of 591,481 and a larger urban population of 1,280,371. The Copenhagen metropolitan area has just over 2 million inhabitants. The city is situated on the eastern coast of the island of Zealand; another small portion of the city is located on Amager, and is separated from Malmö, Sweden, by the strait of Øresund. The Øresund Bridge connects the two cities by rail and road.

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Flights!

Once again, I used my trusted site of Kayak.com to book  my flight. I particularly like this site as you can put your dates in when you wish to fly, input your budget, and it gives you places you can fly within those set parameters. It’s a very handy tool. My flight cost me all of £26.80 return to Copenhagen. Bargain. My visit will be from Friday 3 March – Monday 6 March. My birthday is the 1 March so It’ll be a nice birthday weekend.

Accommodation.

I normally use Hostelworld for my accommodation, but this time round I used Booking.com, and after some research, and looking through reviews, I chose Danhostel Copenhagen Amager. Only 4 km from the center of Copenhagen you will find Danhostel’s Copenhagen Amager beautiful buildings and amazing view. On one side of the building you will find some of the newest constructed parts of Copenhagen with the metro, shopping mall, an international conference center and the big city life. On the other side of the building you will quickly forget the fact that you are only 4 km away from the city center, when you see the beautiful nature of Amager Fælled. They are Denmark’s second largest hostel with approximately 80,000 nightly stays a year. The original building was erected in 1980, when a group of out of work youngsters landed the building assignment from the Municipalities of Copenhagen and Frederiksberg. When the building project was complete, it was decided that Danhostel (then named Danmarks Vandrerhjem/ Denmark’s Hostel) would take possession.

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I have a good idea of what I will do while I’m in Copenhagen, and thanks to VisitCopenhagen, I have been able to find lots of information for places to visit, places to eat, and what’s on in and around Copenhagen.

25 days to go………………………..