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Five top tips for hill walkers this autumn

Friday 15th September 2023, 2:10pm


Heading out to the hills this autumn? Itís a great time to enjoy walking in the mountains, with cooler, crisp air and  spectacular autumn colours. 

Read our top five tips for hill walkers to help you get the most out of this fantastic time of year! 

Pack some extra layers

Although it still feels like summer, it can get pretty chilly when youíre up high or if the wind picks up, so pack an extra warm layer alongside your usual waterproof and windproof outer layers. Not sure how to pick your layers? Find out more about what to wear for hill walking.

Watch the weather

It can be incredibly settled during autumn, but is also likely to change quickly, so keep an eye on weather patterns and plan your trip accordingly. Use a mountain-specific weather forecasting service to plan your trip.

Be aware of deer stalking

Autumn is the busiest time for deer stalking in Scotland, so check the Heading for the Scottish Hills website to find out if there is any stalking activity planned for the area you plan to walk in to avoid any disturbance.

The nights are drawing in

Sunset is getting earlier and itís easy to get caught out in darkness on a long day, so get that head torch out, check the batteries and pop it back into your rucksack, ideally with a spare torch or batteries just in case.

Use autumn to prepare for winter

If youíre already planning your winter mountain adventures, itís a good idea to get out and build up your fitness during autumn. Enjoy the golden season, get some miles in and practice key skills like navigation while the weather is good!

So get your boots on, make your packed lunch and pack your rucksack ready for some autumn adventures. Thereís plenty more information in the safety and skills section of the Mountaineering Scotland website or check out our YouTube channel.