Tips For New Walkers

If you are new to walking, below are a few tips to help you on you way:

Distance to be walked:

This will obviously depend on how fit you are and the time you have available, but as a rough guide a steady pace will be 2 miles per hour. Take a 5 minute break every hour.

Before setting out:

Tell someone where you are going and when you expect to return. They should be briefed to summon help if you have not arrived home within an agreed timescale.


Although local authorities are installing kissing gates along much of the MILLENNIUM WAY, there are still many stiles on the walk that are not dog friendly. Please bear in mind when planning your walk that there may be situations where you will need to lift your dog over stiles.


Take the appropriate Ordnance Survey map with you. Sometimes it is difficult to identify footpaths (hopefully not on our walk!) and if you need clarification. the definitive map is held by the Footpaths Officer of the local Council. A copy can usually be found in main libraries.


How To Use A Compass ?Knowing how to use a compass in conjunction with a map can often be very useful - click on compass icon (right) for a guide on how to use a compass.

Country Code:

Please observe the Country Code e.g. don't drop litter, close gates, keep dogs under control etc.


Clothing Make sure you have enough suitable outdoor wear to be warm and dry. Do not forget a hat and gloves in winter.
Walking Stick Very useful to help maintain balance on uneven or slippery ground.
Haversack It is surprising how many bits and pieces we all carry and a haversack stops them falling out of pockets when crossing stiles etc. It is very difficult to find a lost wallet or set of keys in the middle of a field.
Boots Seek the advice of a good outdoors shop and buy the best you can afford. Do not buy them too tight. It is a good idea to allow space for two fingers to fit in at the back of the boot.
Food & Drink Take a drink - walking can be thirsty work. Some fruit or a snack gives a good excuse to stop and have a break during a walk.
Mobile Phone Could be vital in an emergency
Whistle A more old fashioned way of attracting attention but still very effective. The emergency code is 3 short blasts every minute to summon help and 6 long blasts every minute as a reply.
First Aid Items At the least take some plasters for blisters.

How to use a compass

Compass Instructions