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Equipment for the outdoors

This page gives you some helpful information on what you should wear and carry when out in the countryside

The Craven area is know for its beautiful hillsides and breath taking scenery.It is very easy to lose it is very easy to be in trouble if the weather changes. Below is a list of equipment you should take and should not take with you if you are venturing out in the open areas of Craven.

Hiking Boots Hiking Boots
are the most important bit of kit you'll buy, critical to both safety and comfort. Hiking boots are designed to support the ankle and provide protection against unavoidable knocks.

Waterproof Jacket
If your walking takes you from lowland moors to hills and mountains then a good general jacket is the best bet. Ideally, it should offer a fairly good length and be made of a breathable fabric such as Gore-Tex or eVent.
Look out for
• Pockets you can access with a rucksack on
• A good hood that can be adjusted to fit your head
• Drawcords at hood and waist that tuck neatly away
• Stormflaps over zips to keep water out
• A decent map-sized pocket

Rucksack Displays a larger version of this image in a new browser windowBackpack and Equipment
Items needed for the duration of the day walk. This normally includes lunch, snacks, water, first-aid kit and additional clothing that may be needed should the weather change such as a jumper and poncho.
The clothing to take on a hike is dependant on the climate that one is hiking in.
Most hikers hike in cotton shorts and short sleeved shirt. Some people wear cycling shorts although I find that loose fitting clothes the best. Some women prefer to wear light cotton longs as this shields the legs against scratches.
Thick woollen socks are necessary and some wear a thin pair of cotton socks as a second pair under these.
A tracksuit is useful for wearing in the evening and when cold for sleeping in.
A waterproof poncho is needed in areas that are prone to rainfall.
A wide brimmed hat is also a good thing to take to keep the head and neck from being burned by the Sun's rays.
Some hikers wear gaiters to prevent seeds and other things from getting entwined in their socks.
A pair of casual shoes or sandals is a good idea for around the camp after the day's hike.
Sandals are also a good idea to take along to wear while crossing rivers.

As a general guide carry as little food containing liquid as possible and try and steer clear of cans. Measure out and prepare your food as much as possible before the trail.

Binoculars General items
A good torch is an essential item.
Rope is also useful but not everyone in the hiking group needs to carry a rope.
On coastal trails a tide timetable is also sometimes needed.
Although most trails are well marked and the probability of getting lost is small, a compass is also worth investing in but is obviously useless if you don't know how to use it.
A pair of binoculars and a camera, while not essential, add to the enjoyment of being out in nature.