What to wear when walking

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Walking in the peak district is both refreshing and therapeutic. To maximise the enjoyment of walking in the countryside your choice of correct clothing, both for comfort and protection will contribute greatly to your enjoyment of your day! Also, please think carefully about what equipment you should take with you to assist you when walking over changeable terrains. 

Walking Shoes/Boots

If you’re prone to ankle injuries or will be carrying a heavy pack, go for a boot with ankle support. Most hikers opt for mid-cut boots, which rise to just above the ankle bone These are great for medium to long treks. Trainers are not recommended, they are fine for most easy to moderate trails, but you may want walking shoes/boots with some extra traction and support for steep climbs. Consider waterproofing and breathability when picking your walking shoes. If you’ll be crossing shallow streams, walking through snow or mud, you might want waterproof boots.

Warm clothing, especially during Autumn and Winter months

Of course, what you choose to wear walking in each season is highly dependent on your location. But in general, some easy adaptations can take your walking outfit from season to season. 


In spring the weather can be unpredictable. Carry extra warm layers in your backpack in case temperatures fluctuate during your walk, and prepare for rain.


This warm season is the easiest to dress for. Account for sun protection, and carry an insulating layer if you’ll be hiking to high altitude or after dark. 


Just like in spring, expect all sorts of conditions in the autumn. Pack a wind-blocking layer, hat and gloves.


When the temperature drops, it’s all about layers. Go for base-layers, insulating layers, and water- and wind-proof outer layers, including trousers to protect you from the elements. Your rain jacket can work well in the snow, too, as long as it fits over your warm clothing. 

Peak District Mosaic Group Walk in Winter


You’ll want a backpack that can fit everything you need for the walk, without weighing you down. You’ll need enough room for extra layers, food, water and essentials like your keys and phone. Some backpacks have a built in waterproof fitted cover, if not, it is useful to include a cover for your backpack to protect the contents from the elements.

Walking Poles

A pair of walking poles will help your balance and will take some of the pressure off your joints on steep hills.

Food and Drink

Pack a picnic if you plan to be out most of the day. As well as snacks bring some sugary sweets to keep your energy levels up. Plenty of water is also recommended to stay hydrated.

Things to consider.

  • If you are currently taking medication do you need to carry it with you. 
  • Given the distance and elevation (climb) of the walk you are going on is it suitable for you.
  • Carrying a small first aid pack with plaster/bandages in case of small cuts and blisters.
  • Bring some spare clothing such as socks. 
  • Bring a mobile phone in case of emergencies.
  • Do you need to carry cash and sun glasses for the walk.
  • Bringing contact details on an (In case of emergencies) ICE card.

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