Who doesn’t love a good old fashioned ramble!?
I was never actually one for rambling till I met my Husband, a country boy and qualified Mountaineer. Now I love it! We go on walks with my in-law’s when we visit them, we’ve done lots of walking in the Cairngorms and we live pretty near Hampstead Heath so we’re always wandering around there (but I’m not sure if the Heath really counts as proper rambling?).
There’s nothing better than being outside; watching the birds, enjoying the fresh air and feeling at peace.
GET THE GEAR
Last week we ventured over to the Chilterns to do the Chess Valley Walk and I’m very much like this Portlandia sketch whenever I’m getting ready to go out (seriously, watch this sketch and watch Portlandia, it is SO good!), so I thought I’d jot down a few of my tips for what gear you should take with you on a ramble. And by gear, I really just mean food. That’s the most important thing after all.
WHAT TO TAKE TO EAT
Peanut Butter sandwiches on brown granary bread – depending on the length and time of day of your walk you may not need to take sandwiches but there’s nothing better than stopping mid-way through a long walk for a cute lil packed lunch. My favourite sandwich to take is the humble peanut butter sandwich; partly because I now associate it with walks (particularly the walk we did in the Cairngorms last year on my birthday) and also because nuts are so good for energy.
Banana – shout out to the fruit which comes in it’s own packaging. Tangerines are also v good for the same reason.
Energy Bars – I like Clif, Nakd or Trek.
Biscuits or Chocolate – for when you need an instant hit of energy; something delicious to perk you up and to keep you motivated. Don’t worry about tucking into them too early on your walk, on our last walk we had a couple each at the start of mile 3 and it was just what we needed, just make sure you still have plenty for the rest of the day. The large size Vego bars are ideal to share and oreos or vegan cookies are always a good idea.
Water – take at least a litre each, take more than you think you will need and take it in a reusable bottle (Camelbak is my favourite).
WARNING! Dogs will appear from nowhere once you get your sandwich out. It’s their super power.
NON FOOD RELATED TIPS
Get yourself a good pair of walking boots. Merrell are my favourite.
Charge your phone up and take a travel charger.
Print your map or pick up an OS map in advance. Your phone will still run out of battery even though the battery’s at 100% when you leave the house (or anything else could go wrong with it) and you don’t want to get lost!
If there are any pubs on the route, stop in and have a drink. It would be rude not to.
Take nothing but pictures, kill nothing but time.