The Boots and Tracks Blog

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Free walk 1000 miles spreadsheet

Are you taking up the Walk 1000 miles challenge? So are we! Well, we've created a simple spreadsheet to help record our mileage. Basically it does all the maths for you. It converts Km to miles (if you are recording your walks on a Km device). It adds all your entries...

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Ten tips for winter walking

Winter is a great time for walking. If you are sensibly prepared there is a fine feeling of well-being (and more than a little smugness) to be out enjoying crisp winter days. What's more, it's good for you!   Here are ten tips to get the best of the great outdoors in...

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Snowdonia is more than Snowdon

What makes Snowdonia such a joy, is that it's much, much more than Snowdon - a fact missed my many. Of course, the ascent of Snowdon itself, or Yr Wyddfa, is a marvellous day out - if the weather is not too bad. There's a multitude of possible routes - some very...

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Walking trousers are not all pants

The development of technical fabrics and design innovation has had surprising impact on humble walking trouser choice. When I first started rambling there were practically no specific walking pants. In summer there were shorts of course, but cold and wet weather was...

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Mam Tor – Derbyshire

It's only around 517 m high, but Mam Tor has all the appearance of a proper mini-mountain. The fun starts even before you begin the ascent. If you start from Castleton, a little gem in itself, the limestone gorge of Winnants Pass makes an awesome approach. Caves...

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Flat can be fun too

When you think classic walking in the UK, all the high places spring to mind - Scotland, the Lakes, Wales, Peak District etc. They've all got lots of bumpy bits. But lowlands can have a lot going for them too. I moved from the North down to Essex, and you don't get...

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Writtle Forest

One thing that makes walking in the UK such a joy, is the variety. I unashamedly admit to loving hills, but forest and woodland provide constantly changing landscapes throughout the year. In the summer, full foliage creates a closed environment of tunnels and...

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Winter walking? Be ready to go.

Autumn and winter walking can be some of the best of the year. The biggest obstacle is looking out of the window when the weather is grey and damp, and making the move to leave the warm house.  You know it will be enjoyable (assuming you will be dressed for it). If...

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Love limestone walking

I've always loved limestone scenery. It's amazing how mildly acidic rainwater can sculpt massive landscapes. Caverns, potholes, gorges and cliffs - so much to see and enjoy. Not to mention enigmatic dry-valleys, rivers that disappear only to pop up again...

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My favourite bit of kit this year

I do believe in drinking lots of water while walking, whatever the time of year. But I've always found water bottles a bit inconvenient. I either have to take off my rucksack, or even if I use side pockets, I'm often struggling to extract the bottle and then find the...

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Staffordshire Moorlands

Staffordshire is often overlooked as a destination, (which for me is one of its charms). The Staffordshire moorlands is a great walking area, blending into its more famous neighbour - the Peak District. As boy we used to make the trip from Manchester to enjoy a day...

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Most useful little addition to your rucksack

They are tiny, cheap, take up little space and are incredibly versatile. A few humble cable ties can be real life-savers. I discovered how useful they can be when cycling. They could attach items to bike frames; secure broken spokes from flapping around; fit lights...

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