I want to encourage those who are starting out on the hiking venture and in particular there are some good things going on for young people.

If you are just thinking about starting hill walking then here is a short getting started guide …

The expedition section of the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award is the place that many people start. The expedition is robust enough to be a good challenge and yet a gentle enough start that anyone should be able to complete it. As a DofE Expedition Assessor and the one and only DofE Chaplain I already support some school undertaking the award.

Ten Tors is a challenge walk on Dartmoor organised primarily by the army but with support from others. There are 35, 45 and 55 mile walks for young people as well as the Jubilee challenge for those who need some extra support with their expeditions.

Whilst I get this site under way I’m adding links to some other sites that I think might be helpful to you below.

Mistakes beginning hill walkers often make – from Backpacker magazine

Principles for caring for the environment when you walk – from Backpacker magazine. Here is a link to the Leave No Trace Charity web site if you want more information.

Advice for getting started with hiking from Ordnance Survey