• Stay on the track, even if it's rough or muddy. Walking on the track edges and cutting corners on steep, zigzagging tracks increases erosion and visual scarring.
  • Choose your footwear for the terrain. Often you will only need to wear lightweight walking boots or even running shoes.
  • If there are no tracks, spread out rather than follow each other's footsteps. A plant will be more likely to recover if walked on once than if stomped on by the whole party.
  • Walk as quietly as possible. This reduces the likelihood of disturbing wildlife and increases the chances of seeing it.
  • Carry all rubbish with you. Even discarded organic litter such as apple cores or orange skin adds nutrients to the soil that can aid the spread of weeds.
  • Avoid walking on sensitive vegetation by staying on rocks and hard ground wherever possible. Trampling easily destroys swamp and bog plants, mosses and other soft vegetation.