Winter 2021

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Always be prepared

Walking boots, in the snow

Hillwalking in winter can be incredibly rewarding, but also challenging and technical. Jen and Sim Benson select 10 of the more specialised items to pack for the most extreme conditions.

Hillwalking in winter

A walker, with poles, looking out across a snowy hill view

The unique landscapes of Great Britain can be magical in winter, but shorter days and severe weather conditions can present new challenges – particularly on high ground or in remote areas. Our expert shares her top tips for staying safe this season.

Big walk: Rutland Round

A church sitting in the middle of a lake

As Rutland prepares to celebrate its 25th birthday, find out how the 105km/65-mile boundary-tracing Rutland Round trail helped put England’s smallest county on the walking map.

Walk and Talk with Ursula Martin

A woman, dressed warmly with sticks, proudly posing on top of a mountain

The Welsh long-distance walker on spending nearly three years walking 8,850km/5,500 miles home from Ukraine, passing through 14 countries and a global pandemic.

Winter walking gear


Good walking gear gets you out of the door, while the best keeps you there. Versatility is key when choosing top kit for winter walks, say Jen and Sim Benson