Hill Walking on a budget

dUnKle

Member
Over the years the forum has helped me with my health and fitness no end, giving answers on running and cycling, I have gone from spending 90% of my time sat on bum to getting around 12 to 14 thousand steps in a day (on average) and loosing a stone and half in about 12 months

So, my next aim would be to start walking and seeing more places,
What with living in Shropshire there are loads of places to go and I think im starting to get fit enough to get there

However I have no idea what to buy in terms of

Trousers,
Boots,
Jacket

I dont want to spend a fortune (although happy to go £100 or so for boots as they will serve me day to day) - I already have a nice pair of Karimoor shoes which I got cheap from ebay and they are fine for walking round town and somewhat water resistant but I dont think they would stand up to a real soaking

So what do I need, where should I go ?
We have Blacks / Millets / Go Outdoors and Cotswold local, but im not one for all the brand names if I dont need them (my days of splashing £150 on a shirt for night on beer are long behind me)

So any advice would be grateful, my short term goal would do be able to do Snowden by this time next year
 

PSM1

Distinguished Member
What you need will all depend on how 'wild' you want to go and at what times of the year. If you are talking about going up well used paths during the summer in good weather then nothing more than what you probably have in the house will be fine. If you plan on walking off the beaten track in the middle of winter then you will need some serious kit.
Fell runners go up Snowden in trainers in all sorts of conditions (although they are a bit of a different breed of person!!!) so again no need to get fancy boots etc.
A breathable waterproof jacket and trousers with some reasonable base layers (may have these from your running already) should be enough to keep you comfortable in most conditions you will be walking in and mean you go out more often.
I would keep and eye on Aldi/Lidl for their walking or exercise promotions as you can often buy some good base layers etc. for cheap money (for example they often have merino wool base layer stuff in their cycling promotion which would be great for walking too).
 

Toasty

Distinguished Member
If you're just starting, then a decent pair of walking boots and layers of clothing will be fine. I'd recommend well trodden walks reasonably local to you to start with, Shropshire is perfect, The Wrekin which offers different lengths of walk and some hill climbing too. Maybe Breidden Hill / Rodney’s Pillar for a bit more of a hill, but good forestry tracks to follow.

Good thing about this is you'll know the weather pretty well before committing and learn what you need as you go. As @PSM1 how hardened a walker will you get? Full on storm weather will need a different set of togs to dealing with the odd shower, which is what I recommend you start with. Eg, decent shoes, breathable waterproof jacket and trousers that can deal with a shower. Above and beyond that and you'll need more specialist kit and may put you off.

Basically, get used to walking with a rucksack that can accommodate layers of clothing, plenty of drink, snacks and a map and take it from there. You'll easily be able to tackle Snowdon once you find your feet, there are so many different ways to get to the top that cater for all abilities of walker..
 

dUnKle

Member
Cheers
Im not planning on anything in mid winter etc, however would like to be prepared for Autumn weather (certainly for something like today where the heavens have just opened)

I have a light running jacket which I could fold up in bag, but whilst its been waterproof in the showers I have run in, im not sure if it would be up again to prolonged rain should I get stuck in it

I also have a lovely Jack Wolfskin coat, which is warm as hell and waterproof as it gets, but its too big / heavy to really carry round

Think the boots will likely need to be the first thing, something that would survive a real soaking and be up for mud / off path
 

Toasty

Distinguished Member
I would personally avoid heavy / thick clothes, especially if you're looking at avoiding harsh winter days. You do get quite warm once you're a mile into a walk, so thin layers you can take off / put back on quickly is always my preference. I'd include hats and gloves in that. It's amazing how you can regulate your temperature just by making small adjustments to your layers.

Edit: I would also recommend walking poles, they really help save your knees after a days walking.
 

Inferno

Distinguished Member
I have a running jacket but like you say there is no way I could go walking for hours in it when it's constant rain.

I would suggest you try Regatta for a jacket to walk in as they are pretty good and not too expensive, I have a 3 in one one with a fleece that zips in and out for when it gets cold but I rarely use it as I get mad hot and use some other gore-tex one mainly with just a short sleeve t-shirt even in the cold, as has been said after a mile ish I'm roasting and I usually just have a running cap with a peak for when it rains but have it in my pocket of the jacket ready.

Good sturdy waterproof Gore (alternatives are available, event etc as well) boots I would say are a must, I have just recently had to buy a new pair, I went for a 6 mile walk before in them down Sankey Valley near me before and it rained all the way for an hour + and they kept my feet lovely and dry and warm even though I was being a kid and splashing through puddles.

Decathlon do some cheap 1/4 zip fleeces that look perfectly adequate if you don't get that warm walking there about a fiver or so, I would recommend merino wool socks though as has been mentioned as there great and I wouldn't walk without them on a decent couple of miler walks.

:).

 

dUnKle

Member
I think the jacket is going to be my biggest problem.
Have a regatta waterproof jacket which use for going to work in the rain.
It's very very waterproof, however it's far to warm. Within minutes of leaving the house, just on gentle stroll to work, I'm hot and clammy. Other week I wore it when walking my little girl home from town and in end took it off and put up with the rain

Guess I need something almost as light as the running jacket but with better waterproofing. Something maybe with holes under the arms to let me breath.
 

Inferno

Distinguished Member
Guess I need something almost as light as the running jacket but with better waterproofing. Something maybe with holes under the arms to let me breath.

That is why I have an other jacket I mainly use, it's thinner and lighter but it certainly isn't a cheap one, it has underarm zips but I can still get warm in it but then again I fair bomb along, always getting telt aff ha ha.
 

davidcrofter

Well-known Member
Get yourself a lightweight Gore-tex jacket from a brand like Berghaus, North Face, RAB etc. A 3 in 1 version if you are planning on walking in all weathers ...

Personally I would avoid walking boots and get a decent pair of trail shoes - far more comfortable.

Never got on with walking boots personally and I remember buying a pair of expensive Rockport Hiking Boots and then setting off on a long walk after about 1 mile in on a particularly hilly route I started developing pain, I thought either admit defeat or crack on - big mistake I think I walked over 5 miles in just my socks.

If you have a decent outdoor gear centre I would go along and see what type of gear fits you best and largely ignore any advice they try and give you.
 

Inferno

Distinguished Member
^^^ Agreed apart from the boots bit.
 

dUnKle

Member
The boots / shoes thing is interesting as I've never liked wearing boots but assumed they where a must
 
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Ruperts slippers

Distinguished Member
Over the years the forum has helped me with my health and fitness no end, giving answers on running and cycling, I have gone from spending 90% of my time sat on bum to getting around 12 to 14 thousand steps in a day (on average) and loosing a stone and half in about 12 months

So, my next aim would be to start walking and seeing more places,
What with living in Shropshire there are loads of places to go and I think im starting to get fit enough to get there

However I have no idea what to buy in terms of

Trousers,
Boots,
Jacket

I dont want to spend a fortune (although happy to go £100 or so for boots as they will serve me day to day) - I already have a nice pair of Karimoor shoes which I got cheap from ebay and they are fine for walking round town and somewhat water resistant but I dont think they would stand up to a real soaking

So what do I need, where should I go ?
We have Blacks / Millets / Go Outdoors and Cotswold local, but im not one for all the brand names if I dont need them (my days of splashing £150 on a shirt for night on beer are long behind me)

So any advice would be grateful, my short term goal would do be able to do Snowden by this time next year
Just go to TKmax, plenty of bargains to be had. The best bit of kit I have for walking is a thermal vest and leggings, last weekend we walked/scrambled up and around the Kinder Dam area. All I had on all-day was the thermal top, leggings combo, (Trousers, boots obvs) then in my rucksack I have different layers just In case.
 

wongataa

Well-known Member
However I have no idea what to buy in terms of

Trousers,
Boots,
Jacket

So what do I need, where should I go ?
We have Blacks / Millets / Go Outdoors and Cotswold local, but im not one for all the brand names if I dont need them (my days of splashing £150 on a shirt for night on beer are long behind me)
I would go to Cotswold and Go Outdoors, see what they have and ask for advice on stuff like boots. Well fitting waterproof boots are great for hiking in - no more wet feet from mud, streams, and rain.

I mainly use some Craghopper Kiwi trousers for hiking. They aren't expensive and are good quality. I have some Gore-Tex over trousers that I can take with me if I think it will rain badly. Breathable jackets are nice but remember they will never be as breathable as you would like, even the really fancy ones. I have a Berghaus Gore-Tex jacket.

You won't need fancy kit to go up Snowdon. If the weather is nice good trail shoes, shorts and a t-shirt is fine (I have done this over Crib Goch).
 

zad

Well-known Member
I'm a big fan of GO Outdoors | Tents & Camping Equipment | Outdoor Clothing & Waterproof Clothing any of their gear is good. The Jacket I wear does me for all year round and squeezes into a smallish size for the back pack. Just make sure you look after what ever you get.


Oh and socks get some decent socks :) I got some Danish endurance socks and they are like nothing I have worn before.. that said I did spot some Bridgedale | Bridgedale Wool Fusion Trekker Walking Socks Ladies | Walking Socks last time I was in sports direct so got some of them as well :)
 

aVdub

Distinguished Member
I saved a fortune on hill walking gear by only walking in flat area's and taking a bus to the tops of hills :p

That said I would honestly spend the most I could on walking gear and a little bit more if you can.
 

IronGiant

Moderator
Buy some stout shoes or boots. Some reasonable waterproofs, you don't need to wear them, just buy a rucksack to carry them in. Even in midsummer, you will be surprised how cold it can be on the summit. Even while being sunburned

It's a beautiful place and I'd recommend anyone to go there, but it needs treating with respect. Every year people slip and die there.
 
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imightbewrong

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Inferno

Distinguished Member
It's a beautiful place and I'd recommend anyone to go there, but it needs treating with respect. Every year people slip and die there.

What Here :D

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Dony

Distinguished Member
I'm a weekend hill walker as opposed to a serious hiker, and I've 2 pairs of Craghopper trousers, a lightweight pair for the summer, and a fleece lined pair for the colder weather. On top I'll wear a base layer and a waterproof golf top which is is light and windproof/waterproof. Over that I've a Craghopper jacket and a beanie type hat.
A pair of Hitec walking boots and good walking socks, a small backpack and a walking pole complete the look.

I've a decent set of golf waterproofs which I also take if I'm going for a longer trek.

 
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imightbewrong

Distinguished Member
Snowdon's an ok day out I guess

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The ridge is a good laugh

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dUnKle

Member
Well I walked up to go outdoors and had a look round, it reminded me of a church hall bring and buy sale from my childhood, seemed to me no order, rhyme / reason to anything, no real info and no bugger to ask

The only organised section was the back wall where things started "reasonable" and then went to massive prices for stuff I presume is only needed for a weekend with Brian Blessed

Anyway, I did hunt out a couple of jackets which had "vents" under the arms and seemed rather lightweight and proclaimed to be ok in the wet, but seeing as nobody to ask I am back to you guys and your opinion on this

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Inferno

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I have never heard of them at all is all I can say, sorry not much use but it looks reasonable, what do you think about the price, and are you a member of Go Outdoors?
 

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