Essential Outdoor Gear

Essential equipment for outdoor activities

Listed below are the essential and recommended gear and clothing items for outdoor activities with Lake District Guiding:

Mountain walking:


  • Good, comfortable walking boots (good quality trail shoes are acceptable for those with mountain walking experience).
  • Waterproof jacket and trousers.
  • Warm, dry walking clothing. Jeans or cotton tracksuit bottoms and cotton t-shirts are not suitable (cotton is a poor insulating fabric and when wet it takes a long time to dry, which can lead to a rapid loss of body heat as well as being uncomfortable).
  • Spare warm fleece.
  • Hat and gloves (even in summer).
  • Plenty of food and drink for lunch and snacks.
  • A rucksack large enough to carry it all in (20-30 litres), ideally with a waterproof liner.

Recommended equipment:

  • Personal first aid kit with blister patches.
  • Waterproof headtorch with spare batteries.
  • Trekking poles.

Mountain biking


  • A fully operational mountain bike in good working order - either hardtail or full-suspension - with properly functioning brakes and gears. If in doubt, have your bike professionally serviced before your activity. Click here for bike hire locations in the Lake District.
  • Bike helmet.
  • At least one spare innertube.
  • Suitable cycling clothing and footwear.


  • Gloves, ideally with full fingers. As well as enhancing your grip on the handlebars, gloves help to protect hands from gravel rash during a fall and brushing against trees and brambles whilst riding.
  • Eyewear. Biking sunglasess are strongly recommended to prevent grit, spray and flying insects from getting into the eyes. These need not be expensive.
  • Personal first aid kit.

Wild Camping

The following equipment can be provided by us:

  • Lightweight 2-person backpacking tent.
  • Sleeping mat.
  • Stove, fuel, cooking equipment and utensils.
  • Headtorch.
  • Backpack.
  • Water container for use at camp.

Essential equipment you'll need to bring with you:

  • Personal walking equipment - see 'Mountain Walking' list above.
  • Sleeping bag.
  • Lunch and snack food.
  • Water bottle/hydration system for use during the day.
  • Toileteries.
  • Spare clothes for use in the tent.

Recommended equipment:

  • Trekking poles: very useful for distributing the load when carrying a heavier pack.
  • Camera.
  • Midge repellent.

Navigation Training


  • Personal walking clothing and equipment - see 'Mountain Walking' list above.
  • A good compass, ideally with a long baseplate.  The following models are the most appropriate: Silva Expedition, Recta DT200/220, Suunto A-30/M-3
  • Map case. Ortlieb and Silva produce the most user-friendly and genuinely waterproof map cases, which are easiest to fold and stow away. The cheaper ones tend to leak along the seams and often crack and come apart after a few month’s use.

A note on trekking poles:

If you use trekking poles, please bear in mind that they can get in the way during navigation training when you need to refer to the map and compass frequently.  Unless you specifically need them as a walking aid, please stow them away on your pack or consider leaving them behind for the day.

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  • Lake District Guiding
  • Chapel Close
  • Kirkby Thore
  • Cumbria CA10 1UH
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