Top tips for hill and mountain walking
We've teamed up with our exclusive walking partner Cotswold Outdoor to make sure you're well prepared for a day of walking in the hills or mountains. Andy Perry, manager of the Cotswold Outdoor store in the Bannau Brycheiniog (Brecon Beacons), shares his top tips for getting the most out of walking in upland areas.
What to bring with you
Here's a checklist of essential clothing and equipment to take on any hill or mountain walk:
- Walking boots
- Comfortable socks
- Waterproof jacket
- Mid-layer to wear between your outer and skin layer
- Head torch
- First-aid kit
Keep your energy levels up
If you feel tired, take a 20-minute break. Eat an energy-boosting snack like homemade trail mix (nuts, seeds and chocolate).
Carry about two litres of water per adult and stay hydrated.
Before you head out, check the weather with the Met Office. Be aware that conditions in mountainous areas can change quickly.
Always come down a hill or mountain slowly and carefully, as this is when most injuries occur.
Please take litter home with you
Litter not only damages the landscape, it also poses a threat to wildlife and can fuel wildfires.
That’s why we ask you to keep hold of your litter until you find a bin, or please take it home with you.
Our work with Cotswold Outdoor
As our exclusive walking partner, Cotswold Outdoor supports our work looking after special outdoor places for everyone to enjoy. Cotswold Outdoor gives us funding to help care for walking trails so more people can access the countryside.
As our official outdoor retail partner, Cotswold Outdoor supports us in safeguarding coast and countryside.
Discount for National Trust supporters
National Trust supporters receive a 15% discount at Cotswold Outdoor, in store and online when you sign up to Cotswold Outdoor’s free Explore More benefits scheme. This offer expires on 30 September 2026 but may be extended. Details on how to claim the offer are below.
What is the discount?
National Trust supporters receive a 15 per cent discount* off full priced items at Cotswold Outdoor, Runners Need and Snow+Rock, in store and online when you sign up to Explore More.
To redeem your membership discount in store, you will need to show a current National Trust membership card or proof that you are a National Trust supporter, for example, your handbook, magazine or a receipt from a National Trust place within the last 12 months.
To access your discount online, email firstname.lastname@example.org and attach a copy of your supporter proof, which may include your membership card, a magazine or handbook, letter from the National Trust or a receipt from a National Trust place.
(* excludes electronics and selected lines).
Increasing support for National Trust
When new customers use their discount, a percentage of the purchase price is returned to the National Trust to help look after the places you love to explore. In some circumstances, up to 7 per cent of the purchase price may be payable.
Cotswold Outdoor has also committed to funding the work of our Paths and Trails Programme over the next three years, which aims to break down social barriers and increase access to the outdoors across National Trust spaces.
Find out more about the National Trust’s ongoing partnership with Cotswold Outdoor as our exclusive walking partner.
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