Which Walking Boots for the Pennine Way?
Q. I am staring the Pennine Way on 29th July going South to North in two weeks.
I have two pairs of boots: my leather ones (Brasher Superlite) are better in muddy/boggy conditions and my fabric ones (Salomon Protrek 6) more comfortable generally and cooler on a hot day.
I only want to take one pair, but which one?
Does anyone know how much the PW has dried so far this summer?
Richard Long, Aylesbury
A. I've spent a fair bit of time on the Pennine Way this year - and large parts that used to be very boggy are now paved.
Having said that - this is The Pennines - it will rain - and you are bound to find a boggy patch somewhere.
The biggest factor in preventing blisters (and maintaining your walking speed) on a long distance path such as The Pennine Way is well fitting and DRY footwear. If your feet and socks get wet for any prolonged period - blisters are sure to follow. Then it will not matter how lightweight your footwear is!
So I'd take the leather ones and look after your feet.
One other thing - to keep you on the right path download our Downloadable GPS Waypoints for the Pennine Way
If you making all that effort to walk 257 miles in two weeks - it would be daft not to.
Hope this helps