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Country walks

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Country walks

We will be in the Cotswolds August 15-20th. We plan to go on some gentle strolls through the countryside. We are having trouble finding room for waterproof hiking boots. Will we regret leaving them behind? Thanks for any suggestions.

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1. Re: Country walks

I would bring them. If you get one rainy day, some of the paths will be muddy and even tall grass can hold a surprising amount of moisture! I think there is such a thing as waterproof liners, though.

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Cheap stout rubber Wellington boots, £15 a pair. Buy them in the UK and throw them away when you've done with them. Wear your shoes, then when you hit a muddy patch, put on your wellies.

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I have just returned and my advice is to take them. Wet grass, rainy day , mucky paths...there were lots of reasons I was glad to have mine. Have a great time.

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DON'T use wellies for any kind of serious walking unless your feet (and legs) are already used to them.

Blisters are inevitable - and they can do even more serious damage in lots of other ways. They're also practically impossible to take on and off during a walk.

The least-hassle answer to the problem for shortish walks is low-rise, Goretex-lined, waterproof walking shoes (not boots, which have all the disadvantages listed here). These don't really work in long wet grass (even in dry weather, often a problem first thing in the morning after a clear night), because trousers can easily get soaked and wick down through your socks to your feet in spite of the shoes' being waterproof. So it's worth having a pair of gaiters as well (which can be slipped on and off easily, and take up no space anywhere).

The ground's bone-dry right now (which tells us nothing about what it's going to be like in a couple of weeks), and low-rise shoes work fine in normal rain anyway, certainly for the first five miles or so. Much further, and most older people really do need proper boots (most people under about 30 can get away with the lack of ankle support) , with all the palaver of walking them in and space in luggage.

The range of waterproof shoes, and the expertise of shop staff in basic coping with water, is infinitely greater in British outdoor specialists (like Cotswold Outdoor) than in their US peers, where staff can't get their heads round the rigours of gentle walking through wet grass. There's a huge cluster of such shops in London's Covent Garden, and a smaller cluster around central Oxford.

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Thank you for all the suggestions. It is hard for me to get my head around all this 'wetness.' We live in the New Mexico desert where we are usually happy for the opportunity to get wet!

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