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Walking Boots

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Walking Boots

How do you feel about a good, bracing walk? Are you in agreement with Charles Dickens who said “Walk and be happy, walk and be healthy”? Or are you more on the side of playwright William Congreve who had one of his characters mutter: “I nauseate walking; ‘tis a country diversion. I loathe the country”?

Either way there is something about a pair of well-worn, muddy, walking boots that conjures up images of the beautiful English countryside, the Lake District perhaps, or the Downs, and of rambling carelessly and athletically through it, nodding happily at fellow walkers and enjoying a pasty atop a majestic hill.

So have we inspired you to rush out, buy some boots and get walking? Whatever your image of walking boots, it is clear that they are the most important bit of kit to get right if you are planning any kind of hike. An important piece of advice when buying a pair, though: because feet expand during the day, go shopping in the afternoon!


Your comments

I go away 2 or 3 weekends a year and walk in our beautiful open countryside – usually in a circular route so I can end up with a nice pint of ale! How great is that – open fields and out in all weathers! Very English pastime

Ed Coan



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