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Hill safety

scrambling in the LakesBeing safe in the hills is mostly about preparation - planning your route well, knowing the capabilities of your group and making sure you take the right equipment. A good part of that preparation is about developing good navigation skills, particularly with a map and compass. These skills are essential even if you use a GPS as a navigation aid.

It is also important to know what to do in an emergency - if you get lost, a member of your group has an accident or feels ill, or you come across someone else who needs your help.

We have worked with members of Kirkby Stephen Mountain Rescue Team (of which Walkingworld's David Stewart is a member) to promote safety in the hills and mountains - and indeed in any remote area you might be walking. Mountain Rescue teams in England and Wales recommend the advice to be found on the website.

Mountain Rescue teams will come to your help any day of the year, any time of day and whatever the weather. The teams are entirely staffed by volunteers but just keeping the gear maintained and medical supplies up to date costs at least £35,000 per team per year.  You can support Kirkby Stephen Mountain Rescue at