Our Top Tips for Walking in the Rain

Snow storm at Col Raiser, unexpected.

Whether you’ve been walking in Britain for 50 years or you’ve just started, everyone needs top tips for walking in the rain.

Walking in the rain brings many challenges – from dangerous terrain to poor visibility for navigation. It can be hard to know exactly what the weather will be like on the highest peaks compared to the lower valleys.

To ensure you’re more prepared than we have been at times, here are our Pinnacle Walking Holidays top tips for walking in wet weather.

Equipment – The most Important Thing

  1. Take your best waterproof jacket: whether it’s a lightweight mac or something more substantial, it’s essential to get the right waterproof jacket. If you’re going walking during the months with the heaviest rainfall, consider a jacket with taped seams to make it fully waterproof.
  2. Waterproof Trousers and Gaiters: These two are essential items if you plan to walk through moorland, which can quickly turn bog-like in bad weather. Waterproof trousers with zips up the outside of the leg are particularly useful for taking on and off throughout the day.
  3. Gloves: Protect your hands in the cold weather – you’ll need them to hold your map and compass (or just to turn the shower on at the end of a long day!). A good pair of gloves can make all the difference when walking, especially when using walking poles.

Plan Alternative Routes and Your Safety

It’s a good idea to familiarise yourself with your guidebook’s instructions as well as taking a moment to practice your compass and map reading skills. You may find one more helpful than the other depending on how bad the conditions get out there.

If we waited for the rain to stop I think we would never walk, but it’s important to have the right equipment and good map skills.

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