When you look out of the window at the moment, the thought of spending a spring afternoon in the Dales and Moors of the UK is probably not quite what comes to mind. Indeed, with the weather currently causing flood warnings and havoc in parts of the UK, the thought of going outside at all is a little daunting.
Nevertheless, spring isn’t that far away and for many, that signals the start of the hiking season.
There are currently 15 National Parks in mainland UK, from Cairngorms in Scotland down to Dartmoor in Devon, with National Park land covering 9.3% of England alone.
Of course, going out into the British countryside without the right equipment can make your enjoyable Sunday hike into something of a stressful weekend and no piece of equipment is more important that your footwear.
Now of course, few people actually try and take on the toughest British terrain in their best smart shoes but at the same time, your old running shoes might also fail to make the grade. In truth, wearing trainers in the British countryside could compare to trying to use slick F1 tyres on a rally stage.
Thankfully, some of the UK’s leading brands in outdoor equipment have spotted the problem and come up with a range of quality, cost effective hiking boots that are designed to handle the very worst that the British elements can throw at them.
To make sure that we get off on the right foot, we’ll start by taking a look at these Berghaus Augury Mens Walking Shoes. Brand new in to Very.co.uk, these walking shoes come from one of the world’s most respected brands in outdoor wear and equipment.
With a combination of breathable synthetic suede, rubber and mesh, arranged in a distinctive dark grey and orange colour scheme, the shoes feature Berghaus’ OPTI-STUD® technology, which optimises grip for traction on a variety of terrain.
Next up, we’ll take a look at the Hi-Tec Kamberg WP Walking boots which, at £49, are ideally priced for those looking to tackle the great outdoors on a more casual basis.
Featuring a waterproof suede leather and mesh upper, waterproof bootie construction, heel abrasion for protection, a Comfort-Tec contoured sockliner and a lightweight TrekLite EVA midsole for cushioning, this boot has all of the basis covered for a quality budget hiking solution.
For the more serious hikers amongst you, the Berghaus Tarazed GTX® boots, new from Berghaus, could be exactly what you are looking for.
These 3/4 season boots are designed to be robust enough for mountain treks whilst, at the same time, offering you comfort and grip.
Featuring an Opti-Stud and Vibram outsole, duel density EVA midsole and plenty of other nifty little features to keep your keep firmly in place, as well as dry and cool, these boots are for the real adventurers out there.