DO A NIGHT HIKE
Walk after dark to gain fresh perspectives on familiar ground
Night hikes are a different way to experience nature, to get a flavour of what the world looks like when you’re normally tucked up in bed. Here’s how to be alright on the night:
• Go on a clear night with a full moon for optimum vision. Remember your eyes will take around 30 to 45 minutes to adjust to the dark. Tune into your other senses. Pack headlamps (and extra batteries) in case required, but don’t forget that switching them on will switch off that night vision your eyes have developed. A lamp with a red light option is better for seeing at night.
• Pick a location you know, somewhere flat and preferably open. • Go with other people for safety. • Move slowly: safety reasons again, but it’ll also allow you to enjoy the experience – the sounds, the stars and the squeaks of wildlife...