Thank you for listening and welcome to my third podcast,
In this podcast, I’ll briefly talk about the cost of walking, the low cost or how it can be done on a tight budget. I’ll talk about the costs while on a walk and consider that you already have some basic walking gear.
First on the list is:
Misconceptions: While you are up a mountain, you will feel liberal and free, you are away from the devices that allow you to consume and conform. Also coupled with the idea that walking up a mountain is outlandish and alien to a surprising amount of people; you may also be forgiven for thinking that hiking is reserved for middle-class people or folk from privileged backgrounds. This is simply not the case. Walking is for everyone. Walking is relatively uncomplicated, in most cases it is as simple as; google a route, drive to it, and walk it; without any charge.
As mentioned in our first podcast some of the more managed walks and trails have a chargeable carpark. The parking fee generally goes towards the upkeep of the paths on the trail etc.
Next point: Fuel costs
If you stay local this can be reduced, if you walk from your house it’s completely free.
If you travel further afield like to the Lake District, then fuel may be a consideration but the reward of a good walk in the lakes will cost £20 or so in diesel depending on where you live.
A good tip is getting 4 people in one car and split the bill.
Next point: Pre-Costa
This may sound a little odd but, in my family, and among my walking buddies we take an almost ritualistic visit to a costa on-route whenever we can. I love coffee; its full of great feel-good chemicals, it’s a natural source of caffeine which is great before a walk and it tastes great! While there we generally get a sweet snack and perhaps a breakfast bap. They also do baby chinos that used to be around 50p a small hot chocolate for the kids, but I’m now told that they are free of charge.
Stopping at a Costa is an unnecessary cost, but we fully consider it as a treat.
Dinner: I’d simply bring a packed lunch, that way you can have exactly what you want and keep the cost down. I would also highly recommend bringing a flask along; as a warm drink as halfway around a trail or on the top of a mountain is a real treat.
I’d also bring plenty of small snacks along the way for the kids. I bring a bag of berry mix; raisins etc and even some of the 30 pence packets of the cherry jelly sweets that you can get from any supermarket.
As an added tip; a fresh bottle of water left in the car for your return journey can be a very welcome convenience. My boys both have some flasks which allow us to take soup on colder days. Which they absolutely love.
Tea cabin on the route: Quite a few walks, especially managed trails have either a little café or a hut selling hot drinks, ice-creams, and refreshments along the way. They can be great for a winter warmer or to cool you down in summer.
Tea rooms, café or pub lunch after: This can be one of the main expenses and it’s not necessary, however, if you’re lucky enough to be walking in the Lake District, or the Yorkshire Dales then you will have at least 1 or 2 great food pubs in any village that you pass by. A quick check on trip advisor from your smartphone will tell you all you need to know about quality, service, and price. Most pubs meals in the Lakes and Dales are the same as you would find in any town.
Walking gear and equipment: I’ll talk about walking gear in far more detail in future podcasts.
There you have it, so check out my website or google good family walks near you.
In the next podcast, I’ll be talking about the cost of walking.
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