What to wear

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


  • Insulating and breathable layers   It's easy to cool down quickly while stopping on a walk so pack an extra layer just in case. 
  • Comfortable trousers   Avoid fabrics which might take time to dry out if they get wet, such as cotton and denim. Pack a pair of waterproof over-trousers too.
  • Hat and gloves   Even in summer we recommend you keep these in your rucksack.
  • Walking boots   We recommend boots rather than walking shoes as a boot offers ankle protection. Always make sure your footwear has a good tread or sole pattern. There are different types of footwear available for summer and winter walking, so do check before you trek. Please note that on many of our guided walk routes, walking boots are essential.
  • Walking socks   A good breathable pair will help keep feet warm, cosy and 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   Remember 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.