Don't be fooled by the look of the weather first thing in the morning - it can change and probably will before lunchtime.
Me and my mate, Tim Shaw, set out from Edale one bright June morning to do the first day of the Pennine Way. By the time we reached the Great Westen at Standedge, near Marsden, we'd had torrential rain, hailstones, hurricane winds - and sunshine - in June.
Now I know what you are going to say - sunshine in June - who are you trying to kid, but it's true.
Seriously, the weather can catch you out up on the moors, and if you haven't got the right gear with you, windproofs/waterproofs and wolly garments (think WWW!), you're going to be cold and wet. On the highways and byways of Saddleworth - near a bus stop - this wouldn't be a problem, but miles from the nearest road, or even footpath to lead you off it's going to be difficult.
Be like the scouts - be prepared - always - even in June
Although on my visit we were very lucky to have hot and sunny weather, it can be quite bleak up here.
The weather can change rapidly, and some areas are very exposed, so even if you set off on the moor in good weather, come prepared for it to change.Sunscreen was necessary on our trek, there were some red necks and noses in our group...yes, I'm afraid I was caught out too!
Although the llama trek is a gentle paced walk, there are areas of rough terrain, so wear boots with a good tread and ankle support.
The llamas can carry light loads, such as coats, but they're not there to carry people with injured ankles who've worn inappropiate footwear!
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