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Vaseline can soften leather

Try rubbing vaseline to the inside of heels on new walking boots. It can soften the leather.

Catherine Cutting, Basildon


Break in New Walking Boots

Don't go for a long walk in new boots. Make sure you break them in beforehand.

M Radden, Redruth


Dry out damp walking boots

After cleaning your boots and especially if they are damp inside, stuff them with crumpled up newspaper - this will help them dry out and keep their shape.

Catriona Mitchell, Ealing


Blu-Tac your Safety Pins . . .

Have you opened your First Aid container only to find that the safety pins (or other small metal items) are missing or buried in the dressings etc? Stick them together with a piece of Blu-Tac and they will stay together.

Alan Lever, Barnsley


Resealable supermarket bread bags can keep your clothing dry

Use resealable supermarket bread bags to keep your clothing dry in the rucksack. They are clear - so you can see whats inside them. There are two different sizes (for loaves & baps etc.) and they are free (assuming that you eat bread)

Alan Lever, Barnsley


Always carry a walking stick

Always carry a walking stick for those big leaps we have to do across leats (water channels) and streams! I use mine for a variety of things plus it helps you to keep your balance when venturing onto those rocky Dartmoor clitters!

Paul Hopkinson, Brixham


Count on walking up hill with ease . . .

When walking uphill count to 12 every four steps. You will soon find yourself in a good pattern and will soon be at the top of the hill.

Tim Aldridge, Mattersey


A walking stick is really handy . . .

A walking stick will support you as well as warn of hidden ravines or gutters.

Gops Bharat, Ipswich


Dried Fruit gives extra energy . . .

Take a small packet of dried fruit with you on a walk. A quick and easy way to get some extra energy.

Amanda Husband, Droitwich


Face the traffic . . .

Always walk on the side of the road facing oncoming traffic.

Ken Walsh, Wallasey


A hat can keep your feet warm

You lose heat through your head so if you want to keep your feet warm, wear a hat!

Andrew Canham, Sutton Bridge


Build up your stamina . . .

Always challenge yourself. Every time you go for a walk, go 300 metres further than last time until your stamina increases.

Kate McCullough, Kiama


Lace your walking boots properly . . .

When lacing your boots up instead of tying a knot at the top as is usual with shoes, back lace a few hooks down before tying. This will prevent the top of the boot pinching and make for a more comfortable fit.

Shaun Wilson, Oxford


Don't forget the water . . .

Sounds obvious but . . . always take water with you on your walks.

Sarah Wardle, Deeping St James


Keep you backpack contents nice and dry . . .

Make sure your rucksack is packed evenly, and everything is inside a plastic bag. That way if it rains your things wont get wet.

Lauren Harper, Bletchley


Harden your feet . . .

To harden up your feet soak them in hot water and surgical spirit.

Margaret Donaldson, Kennoway


Limber up before you start walking . . .

Always stretch before and after walking.

Samantha Boff, Mapperley


Avoid wet, damp feet ruining your day . . .

Always carry two plastic bags and an extra pair of socks, should your feet get wet, put on the dry socks and the bags over the socks, this will keep your feet dry and help them to stay warm.

Deb Gittins, Serlby


Carry Anticeptic Cream for insect bites & grazes

Always carry a small tube of anticeptic cream and a couple of plasters for any insect bites or grazes that may occur when walking, plus a spare pair of socks.

Christine Hulme, Romiley


How to clean muddy walking boots . . .

To clean muddy soles of boots use a toothbrush. The bristles are small enough and soft enough to remove the dirt.

Charlotte Kelly, Pendlebury


Rotate your socks and protect your feet . . .

I've spent weeks walking in the Drakensberg (Natal) in new boots without a blister by daily rotating my socks (by which I mean wearing two pairs at all times but changing inside-out and outside-in) and by letting my steaming pinkies breath free.

Graham Nurse, Luton


Keep your trousers dry when you sit on the grass . . .

Always take a carrier bag with you on walks, so you always have something to sit on, rather than getting trousers wet and uncomfortable

Rebecca Townsend, Beccles


Set realistic targets

Sounds obvious but . . . Set realistic targets

Mark Pickering, Stoke-on-trent


Keep any medications dry . . .

Take a couple of of sealed, ziplock bags in which you should keep any medication. This stops the (emergency) medication getting wet.

Sanjay Baijal, Hounslow


Sample pots are ideal size for . . .

I ask in beauty shops/counters for sample pots. These are ideal size for holding creams/potions for your first aid kit, and save you carrying whole tubes/bottles.

Rose Widdecombe, Ashbourne


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