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Hiking: A beginners guide to getting started

If you're looking for a new adventure, you want a new kind of holiday experience this year, or you just fancy trying something new, then have you thought about hiking?


Hiking is a great way to get some exercise, an excuse to spend some time in the great outdoors, and one of the best ways to explore the countryside. If you fancy giving it a go, read on to find out more about hiking and how to get started today...



Why not join your local hiking club?

One of the easiest ways to get into hiking is to join your local hiking club. There you'll be able to rub shoulders with some experienced hikers, who'll be more than happy to share their advice and guidance with you. Your new hiking buddies will be able to advise you on the right kind of hiking clothes you'll need, give you the low down on the best hiking boots to buy and other essential hiking equipment you'll certainly need to get started.


But, more importantly, they'll be able to tell you the very best places to hike, in and around your area. With most hiking clubs they'll hike weekly, or even monthly, and you'll be able to tag along too. You'll not only get a chance to make some new mates, but you won't have to head out on your first hike alone. Most clubs will travel around, and you may even get a chance to head off on your very first hiking holiday.




Making sure you have everything you need...

If joining a hiking club just isn't your scene, then you'll still need find out more about hiking before you head out on your first hike. Hit your local book store to pick up a hiking magazine. These kinds of magazines will teach you plenty about your new chosen activity, as well providing essential information on hike locations, the kind of hiking equipment available, as well as essential hiking advice and guidance.


Of course, hiking boots are an essential piece of kit that every hiker will need, but there are few extras that you may want to purchase before your very first hike. If the weather is less than clement, you'll need a quality warm jacket to keep you warm throughout your hike. And if it's raining you'll need some waterproof clothing too. Nothing will ruin your first hike more than being soggy and cold all day long. So, go grab those essential items, a buddy and a map and get hiking today.  




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