We had one or two things going on at the end of the year, so when we finally got a free day I was dying to get out under some big open Yorkshire sky.
It’s been a fairly tough couple of months, but there’s nothing like taking in lungfuls of countryside air and breathtaking scenery to remind you of the beauty in the world.
It was a cold, wet December day so we played it safe – but no less spectacular – and walked to the top of Malham Cove.
It was a chance to take my new Hi-Tec walking boots out for a spin. It was a good day for testing: it poured with rain on the climb and the cove’s limestone pavement is notoriously slippy when wet. I felt a lot more confident on my feet up there than I would have otherwise and they were as light and comfortable as they seemed on first impression.
As I said before, I have weak ankles from my childhood sporting days and, after a day out walking, my ankles tend to stiffen up making walking at all pretty uncomfortable the next day. These boots are mid-height which means plenty of movement when you’re wearing them but you’re also getting the support you need. No stiff ankles afterwards: result. Also the next-day blister test? They passed with flying colours.
Roll on the longer days and brighter weather for some more exploring!