Before setting off on your Microadventure, here are a few simple things to keep in mind.
• Have the required permission for any land you use or enter.
• Keep to public paths where possible.
• Always minimise the risk of fire.
• Do not contaminate clean water.
• When camping, ensure you leave no trace of your camp – this includes taking litter home with you or disposing in appropriate places.
• Limit any disruption to wildlife.
• Take responsibility for your own actions.
• Keep all dogs under control.
• Please ensure children are supervised at all times.
• You are responsible for your own safety. Only swim in suitable, safe environments and locations.
• If you are swimming with children, please ensure that they are wearing necessary safety equipment.
• Be wary of rivers or streams with currents.
• Plan ahead and follow any guidance or signage around the swimming area.
• Check the weather beforehand and don’t be afraid to abandon your swim if conditions become adverse.
• Do not swim alone.
• Let someone know where you are going and when you’ll be back.
• Understand your limitations when it comes to swimming.
• Check the depth of water before entering.
• Swim from a purpose-built jetty if possible.
• As with swimming, always tell someone where you will be and when you’re likely to return.
• Do not camp on private land unless you have permission.
• Make sure you’re properly equipped for the conditions and surroundings – check the weather forecast before setting off to ensure you have warm/wet weather clothing if necessary.
• If camping at night, ensure that you have a torch or other lighting source with you.
• Take a charged mobile phone with you on a Microadventure to ensure you have a way of contacting help or the emergency services if necessary. It also allows you to track your GPS co-ordinates if you do have a specific device to do so.
• Ensure you pack basic first aid equipment.
• Common courtesy applies on where it is appropriate to have a fire.
• If you do light a campfire, ensure that you do so where there is no risk of it spreading - dry areas and moors for example. You also need to ensure that when you light a fire, you have the capability to extinguish it. Always keep your fire as small and contained as possible.
• If you are camping on private land, ensure you have the permission of the land owner if you want to light a campfire.
• When seeking materials for a campfire, do not destroy live vegetation. Using dead materials not only burns better, it also means that you will not damage an existing eco-system.
• If possible, dig a hole before lighting a fire. This will help keep flames sheltered from the elements as well as helping to contain the fire. Once the fire is completely extinguished, replace removed earth or soil to reduce the impact of the fire.
Remember, always Microadventure responsibly.