Despite the chill in the air and overcast sky, we’re told spring is on the way to the United Kingdom. I’m planning to get out and walk a lot more frequently during the weeks ahead, so currently in the process of updating my equipment and outdoor clothing.
Dickies Medway Safety Hiker boots bridge a gap between hiking gear and work wear. As someone who has suffered from plantar fasciitis - a painful, long-term injury affecting the heels and soles of my feet - I’m keen to wear only quality, comfortable footwear.
The Craghoppers lifestyle travel bag is a multi-pocket, over-the-shoulder, satchel style bag with a canvas exterior and adjustable shoulder strap. It’s suited to everyday use and urban travel.
The uppers consist of lined, abrasion resistant, breathable grey waterproof membrane and navy blue suede. The soles feature a rubber compound produced by Vibram, an Italian company, and have a calibrated nylon midsole providing torsional support. These unisex boots are available from size 41 (a British 7.5/US 8) to 47 (British 12/US 12.5) and come with a tube of Nikwax sponge-on waterproofing, that takes a few minutes to apply and should be allowed to dry prior to going for a walk.
As a regular traveller and a photographer who often reaches for a tripod while underway I’m always keen to find and use reliable, lightweight equipment that packs down well into my luggage.
Craghoppers’ new Havana jacket is lightweight, with multiple pockets, and promises protection against both the sun and biting insects.
The 2014 edition of Hudson's Historic Houses and Gardens provides a wealth of ideas for days out at museums and heritage sites across Great Britain and Northern Ireland.
Slow Northumberland and Durham is one of Bradt’s guides to slow travel in the counties and regions of the United Kingdom.