It’s that time of year when the nights are drawing in and the weather starts to take a turn for the worse, but remember, there’s no such thing as bad weather just bad clothing!
Your most important pieces of clothing are waterproofs, both jackets & trousers. Make sure you buy ones that have space for a few layers underneath during winter, and are breathable! This is definitely not the area to save money! Have a shop around. Even if you don’t want the expense of completely waterproof trousers, there are a lot of water-repellant pairs available which will keep you relatively dry except in the heaviest of downpours!
But what do you wear under your waterproof jacket/trousers? We always tell you to start a walk cold (easier said than done!), but base layers are key for winter walks. Base layers sit snug against your skin and are designed to trap a thin layer of warm air against the body, as well as helping wick sweat away. Cotton is a definite no, as once it gets damp it’ll retain the moisture and draw heat away from your body, cooling you down quickly! NWUK currently have some True Mountain base layer clothing in their clearance sale so why not take a look? You could even add a NeWTs t-shirt on top!
Once you’ve got that sorted, have you considered waterproof shoes (or socks) and gloves? There’s nothing worse than squelchy shoes or cold & wet fingers. NWUK stock several different types of Sealskinz gloves, ranging from water repellent to completely waterproof, or there are loads of options online. If you have Gabel poles, why not treat yourself to some all-in-one gloves which allow you to clip directly into compatible poles without the need for straps? They might not be waterproof but they stop a lot of messing about trying to fit straps over gloves, especially when the velcro sticks to the wool 🙂
As the weather gets colder we would suggest a buff or morf headband which are more breathable and can be worn around the neck (& nose/mouth/ears/head if needed) rather than a scarf. Scarves tend to get warm quickly! Don’t want to wear a hat? How about a fleecy headband to kep your ears warm? Don’t fancy bringing a cold drink along on a walk? NWUK thermal mugs are designed to keep drinks hot (or cold) for up to 4hrs.
Planning to join us on a night walk?
While we stick to quiet roads and paths, it’s so important to stay visible! A head or chest torch, or a high-vis jacket is a must, but you can also get pole lights and wear reflective clothing to increase your visibility!
Don’t forget, if you haven’t already got all-terrain paws now might be the time to get some! As the weather gets wetter our walks are going to get muddier, and having to take paws on and off when they’re covered in mud isn’t the most fun thing in the world (that’s Nordic Walking, obviously)!
If you want any advice, drop Jane an email, or ask her on a walk, and she’ll do her best to answer your questions!