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General safety rules
Walking in most of Britain should present no serious problems even to a beginner, provided you follow a few simple rules.
Don't take unnecessary risks by tackling overly long or difficult routes.
- Know where you are or have a map and the ability to read it.
- On longer walks, be aware of "escape routes" in case you need to cut your walk short for whatever reason.
- Make sure you have plenty to eat and drink and are adequately dressed for the length of time you'll be out.
- Take a sensible approach to the weather, which in Britain is rarely severe but changeable and often wet. Check the forecast before you set out (try the Met Office), always take a waterproof and keep an eye on the sky. Rain, mist or fog and cold are the obvious hazards, but strong winds can be a problem too, especially on exposed hillsides or coastal cliffs.
- Make sure someone knows when you expect to be back
For more practical safety infomation:- Ramblers.Org.Uk