What equipment do you need for countryside walks?
A quick meander around the block of your home won’t require much equipment other than a good pair of shoes, but once you go farther afield and experience more rugged terrains and weather, you’ll likely need to invest in some specialist walking gear.
To start with, you’ll need to ensure you have the right clothing and footwear for your walk. Footwear is one of the most important pieces of equipment you’ll need for any walk, so we’d suggest starting with some walking boots for beginners to ensure your feet are well-looked after on any terrain.
For countryside walks, you could opt for either a walking boot or walking shoe, depending on your preference. Walking shoes typically have less ankle support and are similar in style to trainers, which can be great if you’re likely to break into a short jog or prefer to wear shoes with a lower ankle. The Timberland Sprint Trekker Trainer is a great choice for those looking to pair practicality with style.
Walking boots, like the Mt Maddsen Hiking Boot, are great for longer or more strenuous walks, offering optimal support and practicality wherever your walk may take you. Of course, you can wear your boots for any walk, and not just those that require more support or durability. Once you’ve found the perfect pair, don’t forget your walking socks!
Embarking on a countryside walk in the UK could mean you’re exposed to several weather fronts in one day, so you should also ensure you’re equipped with the right clothing. We’d suggest a lightweight raincoat like the Outdoor Heritage Windbreaker, which can be packed into a small backpack when you don’t need it. Layers are also a good idea – think long sleeve thermals or fleeces in winter, with t-shirts and light layers in the summer.
Ensuring you’ve got the right clothing and footwear is the first step in making sure you’re ready for whatever the British weather throws at you. If you’re heading out on a longer walk, you’ll also want to take some water, a charged mobile phone, sun protection if it’s sunny and perhaps a light snack for any pit stops.
What equipment do you need for a hike?
While hiking requires much of the same equipment as walking, there are a few additional items you’ll need depending on the type of hike you are setting out on.
For your first hike, you’ll definitely need some decent hiking boots to support your feet for the duration of your route. The Timberland Splitrock Nubuck Mid Hikers are good hiking boots for beginners, offering a padded collar for ankle cushioning and a lightweight feel that ensures your feet are comfortable the whole time.
Whether you’re hiking in summer or winter, wearing the right clothing for the season is essential. But while you might think thick clothing is good for the colder months, wearing garments like jeans or thick hoodies can actually make you sweat more and cause you to be uncomfortable. Like walking, we’d suggest sticking to layers and adding or removing as necessary.
Your outerwear should always include a pair of quick-drying waterproof trousers and a waterproof lightweight jacket. Long leggings or tights are also a great addition to your hiking wardrobe, especially if you’re planning on hiking through rugged terrains where an extra layer of protection against scrapes from bushes will be welcome.
When it comes to accessories and hiking equipment, there are a few additional things you’ll need. At a minimum, we’d recommend a good winter hat and gloves, energy-boosting snacks, plenty of water, a map, a first-aid kit and a sturdy backpack to carry everything in.
Of course, the size of your backpack will depend on what you’ll be carrying in it, but we’d suggest something durable, water-resistant and with plenty of pockets and compartments like the Dardin Zip-Top Backpack. If you’re looking for something multi-functional with ample space for everything you need on a long or overnight hike, the Dardin Hiker Backpack is the best choice.
No matter where you choose to embark on your first countryside walk or hike, having the right gear to support you on your adventure is essential. At Timberland, our products have been designed to pair style with practicality, ensuring there is something to suit every explorer.