Trek and walk training guides Make sure you're fighting fit for your walk or trek with our training plans

Make sure you're fighting fit to go the distance with our trek and walk training guides. 

Walks and challenges training advice

Start training at least 2 months before your walk. Walking, cycling and swimming are all good preparation.

Make sure you can comfortably walk approximately two thirds of your target distance before attempting your walk.

If you have existing health problems, you need to talk to your doctor for advice before you walk.

You'll need a strong pair of worn-in, comfy walking boots. They should also be waterproofed. Wearing a base-layer sock under a walking sock can help, and having a spare set if it's raining is a good idea.

It's important to wear lightweight, loose-fitting trousers or walking trousers where possible, avoiding jeans as they can be very impractical, especially if they get wet.

Depending on where you are trekking and the time of year, you may need to take a waterproof anorak and over-trousers. Plenty of warm layers are better than a few thick ones.

A few essential items:

  • Registration form (included in your registration pack)
  • Small/medium rucksack
  • Basic first aid kit including plasters for blisters and Vaseline for chafing
  • Talcum powder
  • Plastic drinks bottle no larger than a litre (remember you're carrying it all day)
  • Snack food as well as some high energy glucose tablets or sweets
  • Whistle in case you get lost or stranded
  • Mobile telephone

Some optional extras:

  • Soft shoes/trainers for before and after the walk. They could be taken on the walk in case of boot problems
  • Gloves
  • Woollen hat
  • Torch
  • Ordnance survey map
  • Compass
  • Camera
  • Survival bag
  • Sun cream

Each trek may have different requirements, so always check with your trek provider.