Safety On The Fells

Safety is a very important factor when walking on the fells. And I suppose common sense plays an important part of the overall decision of what is safe and what is not. Many accidents occur on the fells each year and most of these can be avoided by following basic advice. The following advice is in no particular order. Just make sure all advice is read before heading for the fells.

1. Check The Weather Forecast

Wherever you decide to walk the weather can be quite different from one area to another. Within in Lake District for example each valley can have its own micro climate where the surrounding hills and mountains change the conditions. It is also important to know that conditions on the fell tops can be more severe than the valleys with windier and colder weather.

2. Safety Checklist

Clothing in Winter Months
  • Extra Clothing Layers
  • Waterproof / windproof outer jacket
  • Waterproof / windproof outer trousers
  • Winter weight boots with a good grip
  • Hat and gloves
  • Extra warm clothing
Clothing in Summer Months
  • Comfortable clothing layers
  • Waterproof / windproof outer jacket
  • Waterproof / windproof outer trousers
  • Boots with a good grip
  • Spare warm clothing
  • Rucksack or daysack
  • Food and water
  • Warm drink in winter
  • Some extra energy food
  • Emergency rations
  • Large polybag / survival bag
  • Whistle
  • Torch
  • First aid kit
  • Map
  • Compass
  • Mobile Phone
  • GPS
  • Crampons in winter
  • Spikes in winter
  • Ice axe in winter
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