How to remain safe whilst out and about in the countryside
Plan your day/route taking into consideration a reliable weather forecast. Let someone know where you’re going and when to expect you back. Make sure you start your trip early enough in the day and be aware of what time it gets dark.
Headtorch, handheld torch and spare batteries are essential or take a second torch so you don’t have to change batteries in the dark.
Carry a map and compass and know how to use them. Don’t rely on your smartphone for navigation!
Using GPS and Apps will drain your phone batteries quickly leaving you without a phone when you really need it most.
Before you set off charge your phone (and think about carrying a portable battery charger) and also register your phone with www.emergencysms.org.uk, which enables you to contact the emergency services by SMS if required.
Have a good meal before you start and take plenty of food and water to refuel and keep hydrated.
Remember if you stop for any reason, you will get cold very quickly. Make sure you have warm, windproof and waterproof clothing (and spares) – hat and gloves are essential. Wear several thin layers rather than one thick layer so you can add or remove them to maintain a comfortable temperature. Carry a foil blanket or bivvy bag for emergencies.
If the worst happens and you require urgent medical assistance, alert the authorities immediately.
Dial 999 or 112, ask for the Police and ask for Mountain Rescue.