This need not be large, but always take some water for you and your dog, a collapsible dog dish and a few snacks (maybe even homemade ones!) for both of you depending on the length of your walk. Plus always be prepared with a waterproof coat, a small first aid kit for blisters and bug bites (just in case), your dog lead and some doggy bags (just in case!).
I use mainly OS maps 294 and 300 for my walks. These now come with a free download for your mobile that tracks your progress and you can always see where you are - a huge asset if you tend to occasionally go wrong (like me). I have linked the routes that I have created using the OS maps app on each of our walks and the app download prompt should appear if you click the link provided. This will allow you to use the GPS tracker.
You can also print off the routes I have put together as they are all available as downloadable pdfs. All of our route pdfs are 2 -3 A4 sides only.
All of our walks are round walks, starting and finishing at the same place. If you are driving try and use car parks where you can so that you don't block traffic access to the villages or farmland.
I always give myself a good dousing (including my clothes) of insect repellent before setting off, as there is nothing worse than getting bitten to death whilst you are walking. I have found Mrs White's Unstung Hero Mosquito repellent pretty good as a people, pet and planet friendly spray that says that it is - a revolutionary formula which combines a fragrant, fresh Eau de Cologne and an ingredient that renders you 'invisible' to mosquitoes, ticks, black fly, wasps and bees. See our blog of the 11th September 2023 where I forgot to douse!
• be considerate to those living in, working in and enjoying the countryside
• leave gates and property as you find them
• do not block access to gateways or driveways when parking
• be nice, say hello, share the space
• follow local signs and keep to marked paths unless wider access is available
Protect the environment
• take your litter home – leave no trace of your visit
• do not light fires and only have BBQs where signs say you can
• always keep dogs under control and in sight
• dog poo – bag it and bin it in any public waste bin or take it home
• care for nature – do not cause damage or disturbance
Enjoy the outdoors
• check your route and local conditions
• plan your adventure – know what to expect and what you can do
• enjoy your visit, have fun, make a memory