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Stay Cool on Summer Hikes

As the days get longer and the temperatures rise, it's the perfect time to hit the trails. But here in the UK, we know it might just rain instead! When the sun does make an appearance, Summer hikes can be a real scorcher if you're not prepared. Here are some easy tips and cool gear to help you stay comfortable as the heat ramps up.

Dress for the Heat

Start with the right clothes. Wear lightweight, breathable fabrics like polyester blends or merino wool. These materials wick away sweat and keep you dry. Ditch the cotton – it holds onto moisture and makes you feel hotter.

Summer Tops

Keep Hydrated

Staying hydrated is crucial. Use a hydration pack or carry water bottles for easy access. Sip water regularly, and consider adding electrolyte tablets to keep your energy up.

Seek Out Shade

When planning your hikes, look for shaded trails. Forest paths or routes along rivers are usually cooler. If possible, hike early in the morning or later in the afternoon to avoid the peak heat.

Time Your Hike

Avoid hiking between 10am and 4pm, when the sun is at its strongest. Early morning and late afternoon hikes are cooler and often more beautiful, with stunning sunrise and sunset views.

Wear Breathable Footwear

Your feet need to stay cool too. Choose hiking boots or shoes with breathable mesh panels. Moisture-wicking socks will help prevent blisters and keep your feet dry.

Pack Light

Don't overpack. A heavy load can make you hotter and more tired. Stick to the essentials and use a ventilated backpack to help keep your back cool.


Ready for your next summer hike? Share your tips or favorite gear in the comments below!

And keep your eyes peeled — we might just have a few surprises in store for your next adventure this autumn.


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