So you’ve got the kit, the crew and a bit of know-how – but how do you actually get to the hills? Most people live at least a few hours' drive from ‘headline’ hill walking areas like the Lake District, Snowdonia or the endless possibilities of Scotland, and getting to these places can be costly.
Luckily, there are ways to keep costs down. Joining a club or simply going with others can be a great way sharing the financial burden of private transport, and public transport is often more convenient than you might imagine. For example, a train runs direct from Manchester to Windermere on Friday evenings, and Oxenholme train station near Kendal is under three hours from London.
Don’t fall into the trap of thinking you have to go to these ‘famous’ places to have a worthwhile experience, however. Many people aren’t aware of the wonderful hill walking possibilities all around them. Bradford’s back garden is Ilkley Moor; a bus runs from Leeds directly into the heart of the Yorkshire Dales; the rolling hills of Shropshire are only an hour’s drive from Birmingham; Sheffield has the Peak District literally on its doorstep.
A bit of creativity, enthusiasm to explore and a willingness to examine a map and a bus timetable can open up whole worlds of adventure right in front of you.