Chic walking gear for your autumn rambles: a hiking kit list

That long weekend in the Lake District is just around the corner and word among the walking set is you can’t just wear your gym leggings and Nike trainers for a foray in the fells.

Time to upgrade your kit list. Sweaty Betty has launched its first hiking collection and luluemon has a shiny new walking range for maintaining style on the stiles.

From cool boots for hiking up hillsides to rainproof jackets that’ll keep you cosy at the top, this is your luxury guide to the chicest hiking gear the season has to offer.

The boots

Timberland Nellie Paninara boot

This women’s boot is made with planet-friendly Better Leather, which is sourced from a sustainable tannery rated silver for its environmental processes. It’s waterproof, durable and comes in brown or bright yellow for standing out on the summit.


Ariat Skyline Summit GTX

Rugged and ready. The latest in Ariat’s Skyline range is ideal for everything from light strolls to lengthy hikes, with premium Gore-Tex for waterproof support and a shock-absorbing EVA midsole to protect against impact to the feet. It’s created with full-grain leather to keep feet dry and rugged nylon panels for breathability. Available in a warm acorn brown for women or a dark olive in a medium or wide fit for men.


Vivobarefoot Tracker FG

Now even walking boots come with a barefoot option. Vivobarefoot’s Tracker boot is made from high-quality leather and designed for wild and rough terrains. It features a firm Ground sole with 3mm lugs that provide traction over trails and rocky landscapes, premium action leather waterproof upper and recycled PET mesh lining. Available in dark brown and botanical green.


Merrell Bravada Waterproof

Pretty in pink, this waterproof hiking shoe was created from the ground-up – literally. Merrell’s Women’s Collective – a group of 60 trail-loving women – helped craft the design so it fits like a sneaker and hugs the ankle without stiffness. The outsole is made from the brand’s special Quantum Grip rubber for traction on wet and dry rock.


Timberland Mt Maddsen GoreTex Hiker

Timberland’s expert hiking boot: like the Nellie Paninaras, it’s made from Better Leather for eco points and has a Gore-Tex membrane for better waterproof protection. Designed specially for women’s feet, this hiker includes anti-fatigue technology in the footbed.


The socks

ProTrek Light Hike Socks

Pack these for your weekend in the Cotswolds for ultimate comfort. These ankle-length socks are made with a scientifically-engineered fabric that’s lightweight, ultra-durable, and provides enhanced moisture-wicking and breathability to ensure long-lasting comfort.


Smartwool Hike Light Mountain Print Crew Socks

Comfortable and colourful with a mountain-inspired design. Each is built with an elasticized arch brace for a secure fit and a flat knit toe seam for added comfort.


The bottoms

Planet Warrior Tropical Recycled Plastic Leggings

Natural in more ways than one, Planet Warrior’s tropical leggings are made from recycled plastic bottles so you can help to protect the landscape you’re enjoying. They’re flattering, high-waisted and super-flexible for hiking up those hills.


Sweaty Betty Power Leggings

Go camo. Sweaty Betty’s popular and ultra-durable Power Leggings now come in an olive tonal camo print for blending into nature.


Sweaty Betty Snowdonia Cuffed Hiking Trousers

Water resistant and durable for the toughest hikes. These trousers feature several pockets for your essentials, a drawcord waist for the perfect fit and a tapered leg with cuffs.


The jacket

Berghaus Ridgemaster Waterproof Gore-Tex Jacket

World-class storm protection, Berghaus’ Ridgemaster Jacket features Gore-Tex 2L waterproof fabric for keeping you dry in heavy downpours, plus AquaGuard underarm zips for extra ventilation on the hills. The hood is fully adjustable for when the heavens open.


Berghaus Women’s Combust Reflect Down Jacket

Your winter walking hero. This jacket combines Berghaus’ Hydrodown material for cosiness with quick-drying Hydroloft tech. Reflect technology fires body heat back inside the jacket to keep you warmer than ever.


Hunter Original Waterproof Cotton Smock Jacket

Pair this with your Hunter wellies for real country chic. This lightweight waterproof jacket comes in a classic design with snap cuffs and an adjustable waist for a slimline look. Hunter recommends sizing down if you’re in between sizes.


Sweaty Betty Snowdonia Waterproof Hiking Jacket

Sweaty Betty’s cool new waterproof walking coat features a hood and taped seams to keep you dry, a zip up front and fastened cuffs to keep excess water out. The foldover pockets are also water resistant.


Colombia Women’s Beacon Trail Shell

Colombia’s trail jacket has a featherlight, fuzzy-soft thermal-reflective lining for next-to-skin comfort and warmth. The ergonomic hood secures while allowing you to see from side to side.


Lululemon Glyde Along Softshell

Layer lululemon’s sleek tailored rain jacket over your sweaters for watertight cosiness on drizzly days.


Finisterre Nimbus Insulated Jacket

Finisterre’s most popular and sustainable jacket, Nimbus’ warm, down-free engineered insulation fill offers an excellent warmth-to-weight ratio for a surprisingly lightweight feel. This year the fabrics, fill and even the zip are recycled so it wins on eco points too.


The layering

Sweaty Betty Serenity Jumper

Meet your new go-to lightweight knit. Silky soft with a high neck, relaxed boxy fit and ribbed drop hem. Perfect for throwing on as a lightweight layer as the temperature drops.


Smartwool Merino ¼ Zip Baselayer

Available in blocky red or blue colour tones, Smartwool’s merino quarter-zip provides the same level of comfort, breathability, thermoregulation and odor resistance that you’d expect from its 100% Merino wool products. Perfect for skiing as well as hiking.


Finisterre Penmere Quarter Zip Fleece

A classic lightweight fleece that’s fully recycled. This Finisterre is warm, versatile and comes with a secure zipped chest pocket to keep your valuables safe while out exploring.


The extras

Sweaty Betty Packaway Hiking Backpack

This hiking backpack folds away into a smaller pouch for packing into your suitcase on weekend trips. It’s lightweight, water-resistant and comes with padded shoulder straps and a chest strap for serious walks. There are expandable side compartments for your snacks and flask.


Jack Wolfskin Ecoloader 24 Pack

A sustainable daypack made from 100% recycled materials – 18 plastic bottles are used to make each one. The BLOOM foam in the shoulder straps and back padding is made from algae, a renewable biomass feedstock – 47 litres of filtered water are returned to the environment in the making of each Ecoloader pack.


Contigo Autoseal Luxe Travel Mug

Spill-proof elegance for carrying your coffee on the go. This mug will keep it piping hot for up to five hours and the one-piece lid means there are no loose parts to lose on the trail. Just press to sip and the Autoseal Luxe technology will ensure no spillages.



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