Top tips for your Great Hike

Do your research

Search trusted websites for route information to familiarise yourself with the trail and prepare for what to expect.

Plot out your route

Find watering holes, cafes and points of interest along the way so you know exactly where you’ll take a rest break.

Check the weather

So you can decide how to dress and what to pack. If the weather is set to be awful, you may need to rearrange your date.

Pack the essentials

Appropriate footwear, extra pair of walking socks, warm clothing for layering, waterproofs, backpack with water and snacks, mobile phone, sun cream, sunglasses, hat, first aid kit, walking poles (if using).

Dress for success

Wear a comfortable pair of hiking shoes and socks and break these in before your hike. Avoid cotton clothing, it gets damp, and can you leave you feeling clammy - go for synthetics instead. Wear layers so you can add or remove as needed.  

Pace yourself

You may feel like powering forward when you begin your hike but make sure you pace yourself, so you make it through to the end. Remember to take a break if you feel you need to reenergise.

Let others know your itinerary

It’s important that someone not on the hike knows the itinerary and roughly what time you should be done incase you don’t get signal on your phone.

Snap the ultimate selfie

Take pictures along your Great Hike and share across social media using #MyGreatHike

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