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Top Walking Tips for Beginners

Wirral’s rich and diverse landscape lends itself perfectly for outdoors adventures and is highly popular with walkers from across the country, and beyond. 

The Wirral Walking Festival, coordinated by our Parks and Countryside Service, highlights the variety of walks that take place on the peninsula in May each year and invites the community to enjoy walks from short strolls and informative guided walks to long treks along throughout our nature reserves or along our coastlines.

If you are planning on embarking on one of these adventures, here are some of our top tips for new walkers:

  • Plan: As best as you can always try and plan your route and stick to it so as not to get lost. A route in an area that you are familiar with and that keeps to a well-lit area is the safest and a pocket map will be your best friend. 
  • Footwear: Invest in a pair of sturdy boots or shoes that have a good sole with plenty of grip and arch so as to support your foot correctly.
  • Clothing: Dress suitably by wearing loose fitting clothing and if you are walking during the evening ensure to wear some reflective clothing so that you can be seen.
  • Hydration: Drink plenty before and after your walk and where you can, take a bottle of water with you too.
  • Protection: As important as it is the take a raincoat or umbrella for the rain, sunscreen is important too, even on a cloudy day.