Whether you walk alone or with a group, make safety a priority.
Register your participation on the walk with the walk leader / organiser at the agreed start point.
Make sure you have plenty to eat and drink and are adequately dressed for the length of time you’ll be out, carry a bottle of water and some fruit on longer walks.
Wear appropriate Clothing & Footwear and bring WET-GEAR to protect you from the elements!
***IMPORTANT – NO DENIM JEANS PLEASE***
Take a sensible approach to the weather, which in Donegal is rarely severe but changeable and often wet. Check the forecast before you set out (try the Met Office), always take a waterproof and keep an eye on the sky. Rain, mist or fog and cold are the obvious hazards, but strong winds can be a problem too, especially on exposed hillsides or coastal cliffs.
Identify yourself. In case of an emergency, carry your name, address, and a friend’s or relative’s phone number on the inside sole of your shoe or tied to a lace.
Alert others to health conditions. Wear a medical alert bracelet or necklace if you have diabetes, an allergy to bee stings or other conditions that could result in an emergency.
Buddy up. When possible, walk with a companion.
Stay steady on your feet. Use appropriate walking footwear to help avoid slipping in wet conditions. Check with walks organiser regarding the possible terrain.
Stay in touch. Carry a cell phone or enough change to make an emergency phone call.
Protect valuable possessions. Leave expensive watches and jewellery at home to avoid theft or loss.
Be defensive about traffic. Walk against oncoming traffic so that you can see approaching vehicles. Don’t assume a car will automatically stop for you, even if you have the right of way. Use sidewalks when available. Headphones also might stop you from hearing traffic or someone approaching.
Be visible. Wear reflective materials. If you must walk after dark, consider wearing sportswear made of reflective fabric or with reflective stripes that glow in the dark
Know where you are or have a map and the ability to read it, always stay with your group.
On longer walks, be aware of “escape routes” in case you need to cut your walk short for whatever reason. Make sure someone knows when to expect you back.