What to wear

Here's our recommended basic list of clothing for a great day on the fells.


  • Insulating and breathable layers. At rest, you may also need more layers than when on the move so keep a spare warm layer in your pack.  
  • Comfortable trousers. Avoid fabrics which might take time to dry out if they get wet, such as cotton and denim. It’s a good idea to take a pair of waterproof over trousers too.
  • Hat and gloves. Even in summer we recommend you keep these in your pack.
  • Walking boots. with a good tread or sole pattern.  We recommend boots rather than walking shoes as a boot offers ankle protection. There are different types of footwear available for summer and winter walking, so do check before you trek.
  • Walking socks. A good breathable pair will help keep feet comfy.

Additional kit

  • Walking poles. Poles can help you maintain a good balance and reduce stress on knees and backs. Be sure to know how to use them.
  • Gaiters. Not essential but useful if you want to keep your trousers and feet dry

Be prepared

Emergency situations are rare on the fells, especially if you’ve planned well. Pop these in your pack for added security:

  • Whistle and torch. Know the international distress signal - six short whistle blasts or flashes with your torch, repeated at one minute intervals.
  • First aid kit. Knowing how to give basic first aid treatment is a useful hill skill. Look out for our competitively priced one day courses.
  • Survival bag or group shelter. Survival bags for one person are relatively cheap. If walking with a group then consider taking a group shelter.