Safety in the Countryside
If you are thinking of visiting the countryside, especially if the area you are planning on visiting is remote, you really need to learn how to avoid danger.
As with everything in life, planning makes perfect - so make sure that you:
- plan a sensible route, making sure that it is well within your abilities and that it is suitable for the weather you are likely to experience.
- take a map - and learn how to read it too.
- make sure that you tell a trusted friend or relative where you are going, the route you are planning, and your expected time of return.
- make sure your mobile phone is fully charged, and if possible, carry a spare battery.
- take a basic first aid kit - it just makes sense
- remember, there is no such thing as bad weather, just inadequate clothing - so wear clothing, and footwear, that is sufficient for the circumstances, and carry more with you in your pack.
- take food and drink - you never know when disaster will strike, and if it does, you may be grateful you did.
- Make sure you wear sensible footwear or safety boots.
Every year, people get seriously injured, or even die, as a result of not following these simple guidelines.
I live in a rural area, and most people here know the surrounding countryside, it's weather, and when and where it is safe to hike, so if in doubt ask one of the locals. There is usually some 'owd chap' in the bar happy to give advice for a free beer.