The UK offers some of the most diverse and beautiful surroundings to explore on hiking and walking trips. Getting out in the great outdoors is one of the most pleasurable pastimes on offer in the UK. Simply get together your key items of outdoor clothing. These include waterproof trousers, outdoor jackets, fleeces and either your hiking boots or walking shoes — depending on the season, then get out there and explore the outdoors. Mountain Warehouse can fulfil all of your walking, trekking and hiking clothing, and outdoor equipment needs. With stores in some of the most picturesque hiking hotspots, you can rest assured that, should you forget anything on your trip, we'll be able to assist you with all outdoor additions that you require. Hiking in the UK Hiking in the UK is remarkable. There are plenty of options for beginners through to the more experienced hikers and trekkers. Choose between the Lake District, the Peak District, Snowdonia, the Yorkshire Dales, the Brecon Beacons as well as the Scottish Highlands and plenty more. Snowdonia Snowdonia is a region of vast natural beauty in North Wales. It is a National Park of 2170km2. Snowdonia National Park is named after the highest peak in Wales — Snowdon. Snowdonia offers superb mountainous hiking and trekking. With its densely packed mountain ranges and interesting peaks to explore and conquer, this area of natural beauty offers fantastic walking for all outdoor enthusiasts. As well as walking and hiking, Snowdon also offers an array of other mountain activities including cycling and mountain biking, abseiling and various other outdoor activities. When hiking in Snowdonia, it makes sense to be well equipped with the most suitable outdoor equipment and clothing. When you're walking and hiking a long way from any shops or shelter, you need to make sure you are warm and comfortable when out in the cold, no matter how much fun you aim to have. Less than 40km away is our Wrexham Mountain Warehouse store, whilst our Cheshire Oaks store is only a few miles on. Here you can find everything you need for walking and hiking, from compasses, socks and waterproof boots through to packaway waterproof clothing and tents big enough for all the family — ideal for the summer holidays this year. Lake District The Lake District offers some of the most charming and scenic walking locations in the world. With plenty of lakes to explore, the walking and hiking on offer in this incredible location of natural beauty is equally as spectacular as the vast range of water activities that are on offer for keen outdoor and aqua enthusiasts. As well as being an incredible place for outdoor activities, the Lake District is steeped in history and culture. With famous previous residents including Beatrix Potter, William Wordsworth and John Ruskin — to name a few, the Lake District is ideal for family camping holidays as well as adventurous hiking and water sports trips. The Lake District offers superb walks and great adventures. The weather in the Lakes, however, can vary dramatically, regardless of the season. Our Kendal and Keswick stores both offer fantastic outdoor equipment and clothing for all outdoor pursuits in the Lake District. Mountain Warehouse offers a vast range of products suitable for all the family, regardless of the activity. When in the Lake District, be sure to pack your waterproof trousers, 3 in1 jackets, camping equipment, walking shoes and socks, as well as any other outdoor accessories you think you may need. Yorkshire Dales The Yorkshire Dales offer beautiful rolling hills throughout the Yorkshire countryside. As with all areas of natural beauty suitable for walking and hiking, you will have to make sure you have the relevant equipment, appropriate hiking shoes and all other essential walking gear you think you may need. Mountain Warehouse has a number of stores in the north of England that service the walkers and hikers of the Yorkshire Dales. The Yorkshire Dales offer a wide range of walks of various distances, inclines and grades. The Yorkshire Dales give you the opportunity to climb to the highest point in North Yorkshire right through to exploring some of the most beautiful waterfalls the UK has to offer. If opting for the waterfall walks, be sure you are clothed in the appropriate waterproofs. Our Yorkshire stores will be able to offer you a wide range of outdoor clothing including waterproof clothing, hiking boots and socks, packaway waterproof jackets and trousers as well as walking and outdoor equipment that you often find are necessary on walks and hikes. Various Hiking Hotspots The UK has many more superb locations to explore the great outdoors in — the Peak District, the Brecon Beacons and the Scottish Highlands to name a few — but remember there are also a wide range of walking and hiking areas throughout the UK. When exploring, you need to make sure that you are equipped with the correct kit — this includes both clothing and equipment. Flasks, compasses, walking poles, gaiters and comfortable hiking boots and socks are all available from Mountain Warehouse. Made by our Mountainlife brand; these items amount to a highly pleasurable walking and hiking experience for you. Not only will you remain comfortable, you are more inclined to continue to hike on a regular basis and enjoy this past time more when you are secure and comfortable. As with all outdoor activities, to really benefit in the best way possible, it really is best to seize the opportunity and go out on a glorious day. Navigation Many of the best natural areas to walk, hike and trek in are vast and open spaces. It helps to plan a route and stick to this. Navigation is the absolute key to a safe and enjoyable hike. Often navigating can be hard if you are exploring somewhere new. Navigation can often be rather more effective when carried out in pairs or in groups. However, it helps for all to know and understand the route — often the most experienced hiker can falter and lose his way. Planning your route thoroughly will allow you to discover areas of the countryside that may not have been accessed on a tourist path or other recognized planned route.