The best winter walks — and the boots to trek them in

From the coastline of Northern Ireland, to the crags of Scottish islands, we kit you out for the best British walks this winter

Tree-lined paths. Bracing air. Cloud-shrouded views. There’s really nothing better to blow the cobwebs away than a brisk winter walk — well, except for the pub lunch waiting for you at the other end.

And Britain, with our mountains, shorelines and many national parks, has some of the best treks and hikes the world has to offer. So, if you’re looking to broaden your horizons (and strengthen your hamstrings) this winter, we’ve not only found the perfect routes for you, but also the ideal boots in which to walk them…

For woodland walks, choose supportive boots

The best winter walks — and the boots to trek them in
The New Forest National Park, England

For a great Sunday adventure, lace up your hiking boots, find a good British forest and get lost. It’s a sure fire way to get closer to nature, enjoy some peace and quiet, and get some exercise, too. But, with all those errant roots and hidden hillocks, you need to be well prepared.

With their exclusive ‘Deep Forest’ sole, developed in partnership with Michelin, these boots from Le Chameau are ultra-lightweight and ready for any terrain. The North Face, too, feature a ESS Snake Plate™ for underfoot protection. Or, for a more style-conscious hiker, Ralph Lauren’s Fidel boots are a practical vision in suede.

The best winter walks — and the boots to trek them in

Le Chameau Men’s Chameau-Lite LCX Low 7” Boots

£249

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The best winter walks — and the boots to trek them in

Ralph Lauren Fidel Suede Boots

£1265

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The best winter walks — and the boots to trek them in

The North Face Hedgehog Hiking Boots

£140

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For coastal walks, choose waterproof boots

The best winter walks — and the boots to trek them in
The coastline of Northern Ireland

Of course, it’s not all about in-land adventuring. Some of the most spectacular views in Britain can be found on our coastlines — such as the above in Northern Ireland. But walking by the sea brings soggy, sodden challenges of its own. That is, unless you have the right footwear.

Waterproof hiking boots are often the most striking. These Hannen Tall Boots from Ugg, are crafted from a vivid red leather, and seam-sealed with waterproof materials. Arc’Teryx have also thrown their boots into the ring, GORE-TEX ‘Bora’ lace-ups that are both water and wind proof. Or, for a real adventurer’s look, Sorel’s Cheyanne II Boots boast a hugely reliable vulcanised rubber shell.

The best winter walks — and the boots to trek them in

Ugg Hannen Tall Boots

£220

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The best winter walks — and the boots to trek them in

Arc’Teryx Bora Hiking Boots

£235

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The best winter walks — and the boots to trek them in

Sorel Cheyanne II Insulated Boots

£135

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For mountain walks, choose flexible boots

The best winter walks — and the boots to trek them in
The Quiraing, Portree, Scotland

Despite the Alps being just a Channel-hop away, we have some stellar mountains in Britain as well — such as this landslip on the eastern face of Meall na Suiramach, on the Isle of Skye. But, with mountain walking anywhere in the world, it’s all about getting a pair of boots with a flexible sole — to negotiate any rocky crags or ridges.

Modelled on classic hiking styles, Moncler’s Egide boots have rubber lug soles for grip on such wet or uneven surfaces. Salomon’s OrthoLite midsoles offer long-lasting cushioning and support, and Dr Marten’s pleasingly stylish 1460 Smooth boots also boast rubber lug soles to keep you stable on icy patches.

The best winter walks — and the boots to trek them in

Moncler Egide Shearling-Lined Boots

£560

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The best winter walks — and the boots to trek them in

Salomon X Alp High Nubuck Hiking Boots

£175

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The best winter walks — and the boots to trek them in

Dr Marten's 1460 Smooth Boots

£130

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For moorland walks, choose rugged boots

The best winter walks — and the boots to trek them in
Burrator Reservoir on Dartmoor National Park

From Yorkshire to Dartmoor, we’re not short on moorland here in Britain. But, although you may think it desolate and depressing, there’s something pleasingly relaxing about these placid plains — especially if you have boots rugged enough to properly explore them.

To that end, turn once again to Le Chameau. These stalking boots, with a tighter fit and multi-layer Le Chameau LCX® Technology, offer that level of protection — but retain their ultra-lightweight composition. Bally, too, have created a boot with sturdy traction and a cleated rubber sole. But it’s Tricker’s Brogue Boots that perfectly bridge the gap between practical and formal; the perfect boots for your next shoot.

The best winter walks — and the boots to trek them in

Le Chameau Men’s Chameau-Lite LCX Stalking Boots

£299

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The best winter walks — and the boots to trek them in

Bally Leather Medison Boots

£775

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The best winter walks — and the boots to trek them in

Tricker’s Stow Brogue Derby Leather Ankle Boots

£273

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For snowy walks, choose insulated boots

The best winter walks — and the boots to trek them in
Bealach na Ba Viewpoint, Strathcarron, Scotland

Although our snowfalls may be few and far between, there’s nothing like a traipse in freshly-fallen powder to really wake you up. So, next time the snow drifts down from the sky, make for the highest point you know — such as the above in Strathcarron — for a white-out trek.

But remember to keep warm. Le Chameau’s Chasseur Prestige Leather-lined boots are handcrafted from durable and supple Kevlar-strengthened Chamolux rubber and available in a choice of 4 calf fittings for an optimum fit. Hunter’s Balmoral boots are lined in soft bamboo fibres for comfort, and Sorel’s snow boots have removable wool InnerBoot linings with Sherpa Pile™ cuffs to keep you comfortably warm.

The best winter walks — and the boots to trek them in

Le Chameau Men’s Chasseur Prestige Boots

£420

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The best winter walks — and the boots to trek them in

Hunter Balmoral Field Wellington Boots

£155

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The best winter walks — and the boots to trek them in

Sorel Caribou Shearling-Trimmed Snow Boots

£112

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