Exclusive Q&A With Becky The Traveller

We caught up with explorer @beckythetraveller about her adventures around the UK.

What boots did you wear for the E2W hike across Britain, and were they recommended to you?

"I didn’t wear hiking boots, I wore hiking trail shoes. They are the Salomon XA Pro 3D – non-Gore-Tex version. As it was a summer hike I wanted to wear something that would dry out quickly if they got wet and also something that would be more lightweight for wearing every day. A friend of mine recommended them as good hiking shoes for long-distance walks."

What is the one item you can't live without on a hike?

"I think I'd have to say my waterproof jacket - I take on all my hikes, even sunny days as sometimes the weather on the summits can change really quickly. They are also handy when it's cooler as make a good wind protection layer."

What sleeping mat are you using?

"I have a Thermarest family! The one I was using in the video is the X-Therm - 430g (my winter mat), then I have a summer lightweight one Uber-Lite 250g and an inbetween Neo Air X-Lite 340g. They’re absolutely brilliant mats and so comfy plus pack really small too."

What make is your stove?

"It's the MSR Pocket Rocket Deluxe, absolutely fab little stove, lightweight and self-ignitor."

What keeps you going mentally on a long-distance solo hike?

"I enjoy looking at the smaller things, so plants, flowers and mushrooms, that always keeps my mind occupied. I also regularly sing little tunes whilst I'm on longer hikes too - obviously not for everyone but it something I do!"

What can you tell us about wild camping rules and etiquette across the UK?

"Wild camping is actually illegal in England and Wales, but it’s legal in Scotland, so if you’re looking for somewhere to go first time then Scotland is a brilliant place to go to. If you’re wild camping in England or Wales you need to get the permission of where you’re camping but it is actually tolerated in areas such as the Lake District, high up in the fells. The main thing to remember is ‘leave no trace’."

Do you have any tips for when you get lost?

"There is nothing wrong with getting a bit lost or going the wrong way as long as you’re aware that that’s happening and you stop and rethink, the best thing to do is get some proper guidance and some map reading skills. Back in the early days I definitely got lost, I’ll admit that! I’d not done any navigation courses and I’d not learnt how to use a compass properly so that would be a great place to start – learning how to use a compass. The best thing to do if you get lost is to try and backtrack where you came from in the first place. And I would recommend that you do a navigation course."

Do you have any advice for days when you find it hard to get out there?

"I can struggle with my mood. One good thing I do is I plan things with other people - if I’ve committed to going out with someone else then I won’t let them down. So even if I’m feeling absolutely pants, I will still go out and I will meet them and as soon as I’m out there, I’m totally fine!"

What are you favourite snacks to eat on the trail?

"I think that would have to be flapjack!"


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