This section is a more general guide to walking all over the world, in different
terrain and completely different climates. Walking in general is more common
sense than anything really. You must also take note of the country
code where ever you are. A public right of way is exactly what it says;
a passage across someone's land. The owner of the land may object to this if
the walker leaves litter or does any damage, but he may not complain legally
if the walker keeps to the path and does no damage to the land.
Be very wary whatever the time of year you are out walking as the weather
can change very quickly, especially if you are walking near the coastline.
Most accidents occur when people are not equipped for the walk they are
- Wear the right clothing
for the walk you are doing.
- Take plenty of food and always a drink. If you get caught in the hills overnight
then you will wish you had packed those extra provisions.
- A first aid kit will help out in an awkward situation.
- If possible always take a map and compass (and learn how to use them).
- Its always wise to take a whistle with you. These don't weigh much but will
be useful if you need to be found. The distress signal is six quick blows
on the whistle and silence for one minute. Then repeat.
- If you know you are walking through tunnels (Madeira especially) you MUST
take a torch. Make sure the battery is not going to run out on you!
- Let someone know where you are walking from and to. Especially important
if you are in another country.
- If fog or the cloud comes down always walk in single file. Know who should
be in front and behind you. Give the compass and map to the last person, as
they should direct the whole walking party from the rear.
- If a walk becomes unsafe or if it is late in the day then turn back. Do
the walk another day.
- Take a walking stick to help you ascending and descending.
Please follow the country code, wherever you are. Some helpful hints are
- Leave all gates as you find them; they will be left to let animals in or
- Always take your litter away with you and dispose of properly.
- Never walk across cultivated land. Always keep to the public footpaths.
- Guard against risk of fire. Never light fires on open land.
- Use the stiles provided to cross fences and hedges.
- Do not damage the wildlife, trees or plants.
- Take special care on country roads.
- Do not alter the sluice gates of the levadas (Madeira especially).
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