Clare Balding’s Favourite Walks

Clare Balding reveals her favourite weekend walks, plus gives her top tips on getting started…

‘If you don’t walk and want to start, get an OS Map. And get a walking guide book. Then pick an area. If it’s the Dales Way, do chunks of it and don’t be over ambitious. Do seven miles, then do 10. Split it in two and have a really nice lunch in the middle – make it fun! And there are plenty of companies who, if you’re doing a long distance walk, will take your kit on for you.
 
What to wear? I do wear walking boots but my best pair only cost 35 quid and in summer I’m quite happy in trainers. I always wear good, thick socks – I love socks. The only thing I’d say is, REALLY don’t wear jeans: they’re too chafing and if they get wet they stay wet. I recently bought myself two pairs of light walking trousers and they just don’t seem to get hot when it’s hot, or cold when it’s cold – I recommend!

My top 3 walks are the South Downs Way, St Oswald’s Way and any part of the South West coastal path.
 
I’d love to do the Santiago de Compostela. And I keep trying to persuade Alice to do the Inka Trail. I think she’s worried about altitude sickness. I say, ‘Most people do it and don’t get altitude sickness so let’s just do it!’. I’m working on that one!’

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