“Walking is generally a very safe form of exercise but it is important to take care when you’re out and about,” says Des. “Take note of the following eight guidelines to help you stay safe when walking...” 1. Make sure you wear sensible clothing and footwear. 2. If you’re going on a long walk, make sure you take some water with you and something to eat. 3. Knowwhere you’re going – if you don’t know the area well, try to get a map or leaflet.
Be prepared to change your route if you feel unsafe for any reason.
Take a travel pass or change in case you need to use public transport.
Take a mobile phone and/ or make sure someone knows where you’ve gone and when you expect to be back.
If you wear headphones, make sure you stay aware of your surroundings.
Take care on busy roads and road crossings, and paths shared with fast cyclists.