Winter Rambling: The Right Attire


Posted on: 12 November 2014 by William Freddy Hope

I regularly go walking and so I thought I would do a nice write up of my thoughts on rambling and the attire as so many get it wrong.

There are retirement walking groups and over 60s rambling communities everywhere in the UK. From the UK’s official Rambler’s Association to the smaller regional groups in the country, rambling is a hugely popular activity that can be extremely beneficial to health, and is also a great opportunity to socialise with others. It’s a great way to exercise, but most importantly, it’s the kind of sport that can be taken at your own pace so you will always find a walking trail that’s right for your abilities.

Rambling is a rewarding sport no matter what time of year. But if you are an all-year-round rambler, be sure to take the right safety precautions when the harsh winter weather sets in, and don’t overlook the importance of having the right clothing and equipment.


For rambling in winter, we recommend the following:


  1. Base Layers and Mid Layers

Keeping warm is important in the winter and even though a day starts off mild in the morning, we all know with the British weather, things can turn very quickly. As the sun goes down, temperatures can drop dramatically. Hypothermia can be a risk for more extreme conditions but even in the UK, you need to be mindful of what you pack. Base layers such as thermals and mid layers such as fleeces should always be worn when rambling in the wintertime.


  1. Waterproof Footwear

It’s important to note the difference between ‘waterproof’ and ‘water resistant’ when it comes to shopping for the right shoes. If you are expecting heavy rain or snowfall, it’s important to pack waterproof footwear, as water resistant materials just won’t suffice. For fell walking and long hikes in rough terrain, it’s important to have the right walking boots so you don’t suffer a foot or ankle injury. If you are taking a relaxed ramble, protect your feet from the elements with some wellington boots; for maximum comfort and protection, always choose a reputable, quality brand such as Hunter Wellies.


  1. Waterproof and Windproof Outerwear

Outerwear is one of the most important pieces of clothing when it comes to the outdoors. For light rambles across the country, always take a light packable waterproof in case it rains. For something a little more vigorous such as fell walking in the Lake District or the 3 Peaks of the Peak District, invest in a quality windproof and waterproof jacket.


  1. Choose Breathable Clothing to Stay Dry

Keeping warm does not mean you have to be sweaty. Mid and base layers should always be breathable. Look for moisture-wicking features when shopping for outdoor clothing – this can often be found with mesh and you can stay dry and toasty at the same time. 

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