The cookie settings on this website are set to 'allow all cookies' to give you the very best experience. Please click Accept Cookies to continue to use the site.

New to walking and want to get fit? Choosing the right gear

Posted by Bethan Bithell on 27th Aug 2015

Whether you've decided to take up walking to get yourself out of the house, perhaps shed a few extra pounds or to simply make the most of the countryside, there's no doubt that what you wear will help to enhance your enjoyment and safety!

There are three types of walking, each with different levels of difficulty. These are:

  1. Lowland Walking
  2. Trekking
  3. Backpacking

Find out below what you should be wearing to fully enjoy your past time and to stay safe.

1. Lowland Walking

lightweight-trekking

Lowland Walking involves walking along less demanding conditions and environments, such as well set out paths that are clearly marked and maintained. If you think your fitness level is a bit low then, ideally, you should start with lightweight trekking, as the routes will be fairly level and there will be very few obstacles to deal with. For more information on what to wear for lowland walking, please view our article - Lowland Walking and What to Wear here.

Essential kit for Lowland Walking

The Grisport Java walking shoe has been designed and manufactured to keep you safe and stable as you walk - even in tricky conditions. This lightweight walking shoe offers fantastic grip, comfort and support, along with those important waterproof and breathable qualities. Alternatively, if you prefer a bit more ankle support, the Grisport Palermo walking boot, weighing in at 1040g, offers the comfort and protection you're likely to need as you enjoy your walk.

To achieve ultimate comfort at the heel and sole of your foot, it's necessary to wear the right kind of walking sock. The Hoggs of Fife Adventure sock is a 'loop-stitched' sock (i.e. within the manufacturing process, fine loops of wool have been built into the inside of the sock) which provides extra cushioning whilst you walk.

A lightweight waterproof, breathable and windproof jacket will offer protection from the elements. The Target Dry Classic packaway jacket is perfect for trekking, as it offers full protection against those changes in the weather and will pack away small enough to carry in your rucksack!

2. Trekking

Lowland walking

Trekking involves several days hiking often on rugged territory. However, lightweight trekking is a bit less strenuous and shorter in distance!

Essential kit for lightweight trekking

In order to prevent ankle twisting or perhaps slipping, whilst on difficult terrain, your walking boots need to be more rugged than those you would wear when lowland walking. The Grisport Exmoor shoe looks like a traditional shoe, but has many hidden features. Designed using top quality Italian leather and incorporating a five layer sole unit design, the Exmoor shoe is a rugged, sturdy, stable and comfortable shoe. Designed with a Vibram sole unit, this walking shoe is simply perfect for lightweight trekking.

As you are likely to encounter difficult terrain when trekking, such as slippery hills, rocky grounds or muddy paths, a walking stick may be a necessity! There are many benefits of using a walking stick, whether it be a wooden ash coppice walking stick from Classic Canes, or a traditional adjustable hiking stick. A walking stick (or hiking stick) provides stability when walking up slippery surfaces and also takes the strain off your knees when walking down steep embankments. Therefore, it is recommended that you are equipped with either a wooden walking stick or an anti-shock hiking stick, to help you cross difficult conditions.

3. Backpacking

Backpacking

Backpacking involves strenuous hiking - whilst often enjoying breathtaking views! Traditional backpacking involves hiking for several days, usually when touring a country, so good quality, sturdy footwear and equipment is highly recommended!

Essential kit for backpacking

As you 'backpack' and the altitude changes, wearing the right clothing is essential for both your safety and comfort. Wearing thin baselayers against your skin will 'wick away' moisture, helping to prevent hypothermia and keep you dry and warm all day long.

In addition choosing the correct footwear is a must! For example, the Grisport Everest boot is a heavy-duty backpacking boot designed and crafted to cater for walks of differing levels of difficulty. These boots are light to wear but really strong and will ensure absolute comfort. The Everest boot incorporates many advanced features, including a Vibram sole unit, a Cordura lining, a waterproof and breathable membrane and a quick lacing system. Plus, this boot has been constructed with the five layer sole unit that guarantees comfort! Alternatively, you could try the Hoggs of Fife Munro walking boot. This a lightweight, full leather boot that has an UltraDry waterproof and breathable membrane. These boots offer all round protection from the environment.

In order to prevent blisters, it is essential that you wear the correct walking socks. For a 100% guaranteed blister free walk, the 1000 Mile socks are recommended. They have been designed with a unique two layer sock that helps to reduce the friction between your socks and your boots, as you walk. For more information on how to reduce blisters, please view our 'Don't suffer with foot blisters when hiking anymore! infographic'.

Well, whatever you choose to wear, do take care and enjoy your walking. Have a great time!

  • Dog Walking Boots Buying Guide | Advice on What To Wear

    9th Apr 2019  B.Bithell

    Dog Walking Boots Buying Guide | Advice on What To Wear

    What to look for when buying a pair of dog walking boots Choosing the right pair of dog walking bo

    Read More
  • Hoggs of Fife Albany Tweed Collection - A Luxury Range!

    26th Jun 2018  Bethan Bithell

    Hoggs of Fife Albany Tweed Collection - A Luxury Range!

    Hoggs of Fife Albany Tweed Collection Quality tweed jackets and accessories for ladies can be diff

    Read More
  • Best shooting wellies for shooting and beating

    18th Jul 2017  Bethan Bithell

    Best shooting wellies for shooting and beating

    Best Shooting Wellies – The 2016 Review! Are you looking for the best shooting wellies available?

    Read More
  • 18th Jul 2017  

    A guide to fabrics | Cherry Tree Country Clothing

    https://www.outdoorandcountry.co.uk/fabricguide.as...agion antimicrobialCorduraDurable Water Repelle

    Read More
  • 18th Jul 2017  

    Measuring Hand Size | Gloves Size and Buying Guide

    Choosing which glove to buy online can be difficult. What size do you buy? To find out the size

    Read More
  • 22nd Apr 2017  Bethan Bithell

    5 Reasons why you should wax your leather walking boots

    Spending a bit of time waxing your leather walking boots and shoes will save you money and time in t

    Read More
  • 5th Apr 2017  Tony Bithell

    100% Cotton Shirts for Men That Will Not Disappoint!

    Sometimes, a 100% cotton shirt is all that you want to wear! It’s lightweight, it has a cool to touc

    Read More
  • 16th Feb 2017  Bethan Bithell

    How To Avoid Leaks In Your Dog Walking Boots

    There’s nothing worse than spending a lot of money on a decent pair of leather dog walking boots and

    Read More
  • 7th Feb 2017  Bethan Bithell

    Walking in the Mountains | A Beginner's Guide

    It is always important that you are well prepared when walking in the mountains . Whether you plan o

    Read More
  • 20th Jan 2017  Bethan Bithell

    Trouser Leg Length - Short, Regular, Long, Unfinished

    Do you struggle to find the right trouser leg length? This guide outlines the different styles of

    Read More
  • 26th Oct 2016  Bethan Bithell

    Our 10 Useful Tips on using a Hiking Staff

    A hiking staff is a long stick made from natural resources which is shaped or carved and used for a

    Read More
  • 1st Oct 2016  Bethan Bithell

    Outdoor Boots and Shoes - Think Hoggs of Fife

    Town or country, hiking or the workplace, we all need boots and shoes! At Cherry Tree Country Clothi

    Read More
  • 22nd Sep 2016  Bethan Bithell

    Hoggs of Fife Caledonia Tweed Cartridge Bag Review

    Keep your valuables and cartridges safe using a stylish Hoggs of Fife Caledonia tweed cartridge bag!

    Read More
  • 27th Aug 2016  Tony Bithell

    Waxed jackets - the pick of the best! Including useful tips

    Do you like wearing waxed jackets and looking for a new one ready for the Autumn? It’s always diffic

    Read More
  • 21st Aug 2016  Bethan Bithell

    The History of Waxed Cotton Country Clothing

    Customers often ask about the history of waxed country clothing. This seems to be an area of great i

    Read More
  • 28th Jul 2016  Bethan Bithell

    Shooting Jackets 2016 | Cherry Tree Country Clothing

    We all know that game shooting can be tough on your shooting clothing – and especially your shooting

    Read More
  • 24th Jun 2016  Bethan Bithell

    Benefits of Dog Walking | Cherry Tree Country Clothing

    The activity of dog walking brings with it many clear benefits for both you and your pets!With an in

    Read More
  • 2nd Jun 2016  Bethan Bithell

    Leaking walking boots? Get the best from your boots!

    Leaking walking boots and other common problems – and how to prevent them!Do you experience leaking

    Read More
  • 16th Mar 2016  Bethan Bithell

    What to wear when deer stalking | Handy Advice Guide

    Stalking is a term used to describe the hunting and shooting of deer. As well as stalking for meat,

    Read More
  • 11th Mar 2016  B.Bithell

    5 Essential Features of Comfortable Walking Boots

    No matter what your activity is, wearing comfortable walking boots, when out and about, is a must! &

    Read More