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Top Gifts for Walkers

Find the perfect present for any hiking enthusiast... By Cotswold Outdoor
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Whether it’s Christmas, a special birthday or just a little treat, finding the right gift for the walker in your life couldn’t be easier with Cotswold Outdoor. We’ve pulled together our top gifts for all budgets, from socks that make the perfect stocking filler to a top end high-tech fitness tracker watch.

Osprey Talon 33

The Osprey Talon 33 is a great mid-size rucksack for both single-day hikes and weekends in the hills, with 33 litres of space for all the essentials. Super lightweight, the Talon has an ergonomic AirScape™ back system with specialised air chimneys to release hot air from the back. Osprey have also shaped the harness and hipbelt to hug the body, reducing the movement of the pack when you’re walking. The Talon also has stow-on-the-go trekking pole holders, allowing you to release your poles easily with the pack still on your back.

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Leki Sherpa XL Trekking Pole

For longer distance walking, or walking on uneven ground, walking poles can make all the difference. There are so many benefits to walking with poles. They can improve your balance (especially when loaded up with a pack), help you to move faster and can reduce pressure on the knees when moving downhill. Walking with poles also means that you can spend less time watching the uneven floor, and more time admiring the views that you’ve come to see! The Leki Sherpa Trail XL has quick adjustment points, a light aluminium frame and a long grip, making this pole comfortable and easy to use.

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Montane Endurance Pro Gaiter

A good pair of gaiters is essential to any walker. Combined with a waterproof boot, they’re ideal for muddy terrains or walks through long, wet grass, stopping water from entering through the top of your boot and protecting your trousers. A product of the first collaboration between Montane and GORE-TEX®, the Endurance Pro gaiters are constructed from tough GORE-TEX® Pro fabric, giving protection and durability in the most extreme environments.

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Ordnance Survey Active Leisure 17 Snowdon-Conwy Valley

Snowdonia National Park is near the top of every walker in the UK’s bucket list. And what better inspiration to get out and explore one of the world’s most beautiful national parks than the Ordnance Survey map. Part of the Active Map series, this edition has a plastic coating, making it ideal for the drizzly British weather. The map also comes with a unique code, allowing you to download the electronic version to your smartphone or tablet. Simply download the OS Maps app, enter the code and you’re away!

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Garmin Fenix 3 Sapphire HR Watch

While some may take to the hills to get away from the grips of modern technology, for the tech lover in your life who loves nothing more than checking the stats of a lengthy hike, a full-featured GPS watch is a failsafe choice. The Fenix 3 Sapphire HR Watch from Garmin uses GLONASS (Global Navigation Satellite Systems) positioning to track your movements, with a built-in heart rate monitor and colour e-ink display that’s easy to read in the worst conditions. It’s also incredibly hardwearing, thanks to a steel casing, which looks great from the hills to the workplace.

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Blue Mountain Grassmoor Socks

While gifting a pair of socks may seem like a tired cliché, for those fond of getting out on the hills a good pair of walking socks is the perfect little present. Sub-standard socks can make the best walking boots feel uncomfortable, so gift them a decent pair to keep their feet feeling great. The Grassmoor socks from Blue Mountain come with comfy cushioning in all the right places for extra support, plus their merino wool content makes them odour resistant and super hardwearing. They come in a two pack too, so there’s no excuse for smelly feet.

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Scarpa Peak GTX Boot

Give the gift of dry feet this season with the Scarpa Peak GTX Boots. With a GORE-TEX® lining, they’ll provide reliable waterproof protection, plus a grippy Biometric Trek outsole will help them to stick to the track on tricky terrain. For additional peace of mind, they have extra ankle support, as well as a protective top cap. Perfect for all-weather wandering this winter!

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Great Mountain Days in the Lake District

Whatever level walker you’re buying for, there’s something for everyone in Great Mountain Days in the Lake District. It’s jam-packed with 50 walks in the high fells of the Lake District for walkers of all abilities. With route descriptions, Harvey’s maps and stunning images of the fells, it’s the ideal starting point for any Lake District adventure. The routes are classed ‘energetic’, ‘strenuous’ and ‘arduous’, allowing the reader to pick a difficulty before setting off. Even if they’re not planning a trip to the Lakes right now, they soon will be once they’ve flicked through this!

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