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  • Footwear

    All good walking boots have removable footbeds as they get worn out and need replacing long before the boots do. Upgrade to a shock absorbing footbed or to Superfeet to improve the fit of your footwear.

    Don’t forget to take out the existing footbed or your boots will be very tight. Always buy replacement footbeds on the larger size for your boots, then trim around the toes to make them fit. When the heel end is in place there should be a 1mm gap at the front to allow for the boot flexing. If your boots are slightly too big volume reducers that go under footbeds will make them a bit tighter. See Boot Fitting & Modification.

  • Fleece

    All fleeces can work as part of a layering system or on their own. Some are warmer than others and some are quite thin so you can wear more layers.

    The same principle for base layers works with fleece layers. You want water vapour to pass through it while it traps warm dry air inside. Whether you are wearing it on its own or as part of a layering system, the same principles apply.
    You need to consider how warm you want your fleece jacket to be. How much do you feel the cold, are you doing active sports or standing around where you will feel the cold more? Do you want a heavy fleece that feels warm and toasty, or a close fitting lightweight fleece with much less bulk?

    Full zip fleece jackets offer better ventilation than pullovers, and fleece gilets make a great warmth layer, keeping your body nice and warm while keeping your arms free of bulk.

    Kids Fleece. Children can feel the cold worse than adults, and they complain a lot more.
    If the fleece is for a child in a child carrier, remember they are not moving around so get colder quicker.

    Fleece Gloves. A rucksack essential around Glenridding. Summer & Winter.
    It’s worth carrying a thin pair of liner gloves in your pack all year round, it can always turn cold on the felltops. Through the winter you do need a good pair of gloves and you need to think if you want waterproof or just warm, and if so how warm?

    Fleece Hats. We all know that we lose most heat through our heads, so get a hat! From close fitting Beanies to crazy Russian furry hats, how warm and how practical do you like your hats?

  • Compass

    The essential tool for all walkers. Buy one and learn how to use it. Even if you have a GPS, you still need map and compass skills. Our local Mountain Rescue team get called out all the time to people who haven’t taken their navigation seriously enough.

    If you would like to be shown how to use a map and compass, or learn new navigation skills contact Distant Horizons (www.distant-horizons.co.uk) who run navigation courses here in the Ullswater valley. It is easy to teach yourself basic navigation and the instructions that come with the Silva compasses are very good. They call it the Silva 123 system and when you practice set yourself little challenges and just try to navigate over a small area to get the idea.

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