Hopefully, all of your questions are answered below. If you need more info, please get in touch here.
Hiking Campania Club Walks
What kind of day will it be?
I aim to make the walks relaxed and enjoyable – to go at your pace and to stop when you’d like – for a breather, to take photos, to go off-piste on a trail we find or for you to enjoy some moments alone to just ‘be’. I can talk a little about our surroundings or not at all. Of course, we can also move more quickly and hike many miles at a good pace. It’s all up to you.
What do I need?
- Sensible footwear – robust trainers or ideally, walking boots
- Light clothing layers
- Sun hat or winter hat/gloves
- Small day pack (suncream, small wipes/tissues, spare plastic bag, extra clothing, plasters)
- Bottle of water
- Camera (and spare batteries!)
- Personal medication
I always carry a first aid kit with basic medical provisions (i.e. for blisters, cuts or sprains) plus an emergency phone and Garmin eTrex 20 handheld GPS.
Unfortunately dogs are not allowed on guided walks unless it is by prior arrangement and only in exceptional cases – please Contact me to discuss. Please do not arrive with dogs without speaking to me first (as some landowners do not allow them). Self-guided walks are at your own discretion.
All walks are in English.
Nuts & bolts!
I will ask everyone to complete some paperwork at the start of the walk confirming:
- you accept personal liability and are fit enough to take part
- you have considered the need for health/travel insurance
- a telephone number for a friend/relative in case of emergency
Countryside Code for Walkers
- Do not light fires
- Protect all wild and cultivated plants
- Keep to the recognised paths
- Take all your litter home
- Do not damage walls or steps
- Do not take risks! Be very well prepared, tell others where you’re going and when they should expect you home and carry enough of the right equipment to cope with an unexpected delay or change in the weather.
Has something changed?
Roads, trails and the landscape all change over time. All the info on this website was correct as of March 2016. If you are using my guides to drive to a trail or are out walking and something has changed or no longer makes sense – please get in touch here and together we can keep this guide up to date.
Notes on Campania
The wilder parts of Campania are beautiful but there is not much money to keep them pristine. Often walks start in a remote lane – the road can be poor quality and sometimes people leave their rubbish. There can also be a bit of graffiti. Don’t be surprised or alarmed. It is not great, but it is nearly always only confined to the parking area or 1-200 meters up the start of the trail. Thereafter, you’ll see nature at it’s best.
It’s also clear that many of the trails were developed using European Funding which was available between from 1998 to 2008. There were fantastic map boards, trail markers, links to tourist information online, wooden fencing and maintenance to car parks and buildings. Sadly this money has run out and none of these things are being kept up. On the plus side, it’s one of the few places in Europe that you get to really explore and work things out for yourself (although if you use my info you’ll be just fine!).