It’s an early autumn evening on the edge of the moor. A rough track stretches downhill ahead of us in the fading light and all the familiar landmarks are sinking back into the dusk. We can no longer see the tor behind us and individual trees are lost becoming merely blocks of deeper darkness when then the first owl call comes as exciting and eerie as ever, the classic to-wooo hoot.
Top tips for night walking
• Make sure that you know the area where you’re going – explore it in daylight first if it’s new to you.
• Walk with at last one other person and make sure that you leave details of your proposed walk with someone you can trust.
• Always carry a headtorch and spare batteries.
• Think carefully about where to leave your car.
• If you take a dog with you ensure that it is under close control.
• Keep noise to a minimum especially if you’re using public rights of way close to houses.
• Maximise your chances of seeing wildlife by wearing dark non-rustly clothes that will blend in with your surroundings.
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