Everybody is different when it comes to the hills; some prefer to walk alone with their thoughts, others prefer company. But whatever your temperament, it can really benefit you to find some like-minded people with whom you can share the experience, at least initially.
You might have friends who, like you, are just starting out but share your aims and ambitions. Or you may know someone more experienced who can show you the ropes. In either case, the best lessons are often learned with others, so don’t be afraid to draw on the knowledge, experience or just the confidence boost it gives to be with other folk. Many are happy to introduce others to the outdoors and share their expertise.
Joining a club can be a great way to meet like-minded people, improve your skills by learning from others and sharing the cost of getting into the outdoors. The BMC has a network of hundreds of affiliated clubs all over the UK.
Social hiking websites like Meetup.com are also enjoying huge popularity at the moment and can be a great way to dip your toe in to the outdoors with friendly people, but check out our advice on using Meetup before you do.