Due to the extremely hot weather, which has seen temperatures exceed 28°C before midday on the Offa’s Dyke Path, we are taking all necessary precautions to make sure all walkers are made safe in the sun, as there is very little shade on the path in many places.
Before undertaking this challenge, we knew it was going to be extremely difficult but the very high temperatures have made it even more so than originally anticipated.
Our aim is to ensure that the walk is a pleasant, albeit challenging, experience and that our walkers are not put at an increased risk of heatstroke or dehydration.
So far, walkers have been drinking between 3 and 5 litres of water daily, wearing factor 50 sun cream, and wearing appropriate headwear which shades the face and neck.
It is also recommended that walkers prepare adequately to minimise the risk of developing blisters as the heat will cause your feet to swell, sweat and rub on your boots. We recommend spare pairs of socks to change into to avoid wearing wet pairs for too long, as well as plasters/tape preemptively applied to areas which you know are prone to blistering.
As the Met Office is predicting that temperatures will continue to rise for the rest of the week, this may mean that we have to make adjustments to timings and distances of the remaining days in order to ensure everyone’s safety.
We’ll be sure to let you know of any changes that will be made as a result of the weather.