We might be hurtling through spring and fast approaching summer, but you can’t help acknowledging that the weather often doesn’t reflect this sentiment. However, the outdoors can be just as beautiful under any climate and there are many reasons to step out of your comfort zone (central-heated apartment) to brave the elements.
There are many things that can be overcome when facing inclement weather on a beautiful walk, but one thing that has the capacity to cripple a man/woman is the soggy sock. The smallest of entry points can turn into the largest bout of discomfort, so we’ve put together a couple of great UK walking trails as well as the right attire to make sure your only concern is being able to take in as much of the beautiful scenery as possible.
High Peak, Derbyshire
After a hard day of taking it one step at a time it’s never easy waking up to do it all over again. The two-day walk is always a challenge and one such example is the High-Peak walk in Derbyshire.
It’s a gruelling 18 miles and takes the walker up Jacob’s Ladder to Kinder Scout and down to the Domesday village of Castleton. The second day sees the hiker traversing Winnats Pass and over Mam Tor and Lose Hill.
In this situation the Dickies Utility Vest offers the perfect balance of being light-weight, protective, and full of easily accessible pockets – a good way to stay agile and keep out any nip in the air.
Rocks and Ravens
The walk is special for a number of reasons. From fault lines to white limestone, and wild gritstone outcrops, the peaks reach high into the sky, where buzzards, falcons, ravens and kestrels take up residence.
With the variety in terrain and the weather being what it is, it’s vital that any walkers looking to take on this challenge fit themselves with footwear that’s fit for the job. A great boot for this occasion is the Dickies Fury Super Safety Hiker Boot. Its properties include being light-weight; anti slip; anti static; and having a sealed tongue to keep out any water and dirt.
Alfred Wainwright’s “Coast to Coast”
When embarking on one of the most spectacularly scenic walks in the world, spanning 190 miles and allowing for about 12 days travel, preparation should be directly proportional to excitement. You’re likely to encounter all manner of landscapes and all manner of climate changes to accompany them. As an avid rambler, what more could you ask for than trekking across some of the highest ground in the country, setting foot on opposite coastlines and experiencing the breathtaking sights of the Lake District and north York moors.
We highly recommend the Dickies Medway Super Safety Hiker for this occasion. The HYDRY waterproof membrane, steel toecap and extremely flexible sole mean that the boot ensures safety and maximum comfort over long journeys. If you come up against really treacherous conditions but have to plough on, the Dickies Raintite Jacket and Trousers protect you from any water-based woes until the welcome sun returns.
Get Ready to Ramble
Many of the boots DickiesStore supplies are of the strongest, most durable quality, designed to withstand the various factors that present very real and dangerous threats found on construction sites. Dickies has taken this resilience and meshed it with the comfort and style that enables its wearer to feel protected while being able to navigate the countryside with ease. So when you’re woken up by the summer sun streaming through your window on a Saturday morning, make sure you’re already equipped with the right attire for your spontaneous stroll.
Here’s a list of a few more hikes you might like to try out this summer, courtesy of the National Trust.