This list is far from exhaustive and you can carry as little or as much as you need. Amos will be happy to share his advice gleaned from years of walking in good weather and bad! If you have forgotten something then do ask - we may have spares you can borrow.

Sleeping bag - if you intend to cook and camp

Ground sheet/ sleeping mat - if you intend to cook and camp


Dry sack 

Day sack 


Survival bag


Map and map case

GPS  if needed


Pen/marker and paper

Magnifying Glass 

Drinks container - bottle/hydration system 

Insect repellent (beware the midges!)

First Aid Kit 

Swiss army knife or multitool


Blister relief/foot care

Medicines e.g inhalers


Waterproof Trousers/ Over trousers



Fleece - as insulating layer  

Base layer

A t-shirt for periods of inactivity 

Thick walking socks for warmth

Slim liner socks for next to the skin comfort

Walking boots 

Spare laces 


A weather suitable hat 

Gloves in cold weather

Scarf or neck gaiter

Snacks that can be stored in pockets/easy reach of your rucksack

Meals that can be heated/made using water

Water - more than you think you need

Lighting - a torch or a headlamp

Spare batteries - for any electrical equipment or your torch

Stove - if you intend to cook and camp



A large number of our guests will be looking for a Horton in Ribblesdale bed and breakfast so that they can take advantage of the superb countryside and large number of public footpaths that start from our doorstep. Too many however come under prepared for the terrain and weather conditions. From experience the weather can change dramatically in the blink of an eye up here which can catch even the most experienced walkers out. We have compiled a list for you and a few bits of advice for hill safety.

Look after your feet
Start off by getting a good pair of boots which fit you. They should be suitable for the kind of walking you plan on doing – the rougher the terrain, the heavier duty the boot you will need. Also think about socks; most people use a very thin pair under a thicker pair (or double layered socks) to help prevent blisters.

Carry a map and compass
The most efficient way of getting to where you want to go is to learn to use a map and compass. A GPS device or a smart phone can be a useful addition, but you should never solely rely on them because you may not have any signal.

Dress properly
What you need depends on the time of year and conditions –and remember these conditions may be completely different up the hill to what they were where you left the B & B. Start with a moisture-wicking baselayer then add insulating and windproof layers on top. Pack a waterproof outer layer, and maybe a hat and gloves. Gaiters can be invaluable in boggy conditions and they’ll help keep your feet dry; they’ll also save you from having muddy trouser bottoms.

Food and drink
Keep fuelled up and you’ll keep on striding, so remember to pack meals plus a few snacks and plenty of fluids. Keep constantly hydrated with either water or the ‘isotonic’ style sports drinks which replenish lost minerals and salts. Always carry some emergency rations that can be eaten if you get into difficulties and are stranded on the hill.

Be prepared if things go wrong
Every walker should carry some kind of emergency kit. A headtorch can be
the difference between getting back to the B & B safely or needing emergency
help, so always take one just in case. A spare warm layer, a first aid kit,
and some extra food are also essential – even if you never have an accident,
it’s amazing how often you’ll use them. Always carry a survival bag for
emergency situations, a couple of quid from any outdoor shop might end
up saving your life!

Carry it all comfortably
Prepare for your walk with a common sense approach: you don’t need
a 50L rucksack for an afternoon stroll. If you can fit everything you need
into a day sack then do that. Invest in walking poles, they will save your
knees coming down from some of the steep descents on the peaks nearby.

Planning and preparation
Let us know where you are going and when you plan to return, then we can
help to direct any emergency help if it’s needed, better safe than sorry.