Discover the perfect introductory kit for individuals new to walking as a hobby. We’ve rounded up some options for all the essential gear needed to help you get started on your walking journey. To top it off, we look at HF Holidays and the types of walking holidays they have on offer. HF Holidays are a B Corp Certified British Heritage brand with over 110 years experience organising walking and special interest holidays in 260 destinations worldwide. They have been leading the way for walking holidays since 1912, and are passionate about helping you find the perfect getaway that meets all your needs.


Whether you’re strolling through city streets, trekking rugged trails, or walking in the park, we’ve got you covered with plenty of practical recommendations to help elevate your walking experience.


When it comes to conquering the great outdoors, your choice of walking trousers can make all the difference. From navigating trails to exploring urban landscapes, the right pair of trousers will work hard to provide you with comfort, durability, and unrestricted movement.


We recommend walking trousers with technology and features such as: 

Stretch Fabric

Trousers with stretch allow for enhanced mobility, greater freedom of movement and increased versatility.

Water Repellency

Water Repellency will keep you feeling dry in unexpected showers, ensuring that you stay comfortable all throughout your walk.

Fast Drying

Fast drying capabilities allow for quick drying overnight, ensuring your trousers are ready to go the very next morning. 

Tops and T-Shirts 

Your tops and t-shirts should provide you with ease and enjoyment along your route. Your top can greatly impact your comfort level, mobility, and overall experience when walking.

We recommend tops and t-shirts with some of the following features and technologies: 


Breathable fabrics will help to regulate your body temperature. This keeps you feeling cool and comfortable so you can walk with confidence.

Anti Odour

Anti odour technology inhibits the growth of bacteria, which will keep you feeling and smelling fresh while you’re getting your steps in.


A lightweight top will provide you with comfort and mobility without weighing you down. 

UPF Protection

Sun protection technology in your walking gear is crucial for shielding your skin from harmful UV rays. This technology allows you to enjoy your walks without worrying about sun damage* and is especially important during longer walks in sunny conditions.

*UPF Sun Protection only protects areas covered by clothing. We recommend wearing suncream for additional protection. 

Moisture Wicking

Keeps you feeling cool, comfortable, and dry. Moisture Wicking technology works by dispersing moisture away from your body, which prevents discomfort whether you’re walking long distances, challenging routes, or closer to home.


When it comes to cooler walks and earlier starts when there’s a chill in the air, you’ll need a reliable fleece to provide you with warmth, comfort, and versatility. Whether used as a mid-layer underneath a jacket to help you face the cold or worn over a base layer on warmer days, a fleece is a walking wardrobe essential.

Some features and technologies we recommend looking out for when picking your next walking fleece are: 


The main function of a fleece is to keep you feeling warm during colder weather activities. Fleeces with high-quality insulating materials will be more efficient at trapping in heat while remaining lightweight and breathable. 

Moisture Wicking 

Works as hard as you do. Draws perspiration away from your skin to ensure you feel dry and comfortable all through your time in the great outdoors. 

Zippered Pockets

A fleece with zippered pockets is perfect for securely storing your on-the-go essentials such as your keys, wallet, or earbuds. Allowing you to make the most of your walks, feeling confident that your belongings are safe. 

Anti Odour

Keeps you feeling fresh all day long, even when you’re working hard during your walks. 

Waterproof Jackets

A reliable waterproof jacket can be a game changer for walkers. Offering unparalleled protection and comfort in wet weather conditions. 
With the following features and technologies, no forecast will hold you back from your walking adventures: 

Durable Water Repellency

A Durable Water Repellency finish helps water to bead up and roll off the jacket’s surface without soaking into the fabric.


Packability is important for carrying your waterproof in your backpack before or after the rain. It also makes storing the jacket at home much easier, taking up very little space in your cupboard.


Ventilation in a waterproof jacket provides you with extra airflow. This helps to prevent overheating during more active pursuits 


A lightweight waterproof jacket offers versatility, comfort, and freedom of movement along your route. By opting for a lightweight waterproof jacket, you can easily adjust your clothing according to fluctuations in temperature or activity level. This also allows you to wear more layers underneath during colder adventures without feeling too bulky or restricted. Providing versatility and adaptability during your walks.

Adjustable hood, hem, and cuffs

An adjustable hood, hem, and cuffs ensures a snug and comfortable fit, providing additional protection against the wind and rain. Look out for hoods with a stiffened brim or wire peak which ensures coverage and visibility when walking.

Walking Shoes

Ensuring you have the right pair of walking shoes is crucial for enjoying comfortable, injury free walks. Proper footwear will provide you will the support and stability that’s needed to reduce the risk of strains, pains, and blisters when walking across various terrains.

We recommend looking out for walking shoes with a durable construction, and features such as:


To absorb impact in every step, providing long lasting comfort.


Works to keep your feet dry in wetter weather conditions.


To prevent overheating on longer distance walks.


This provides you with good grip across difficult terrains, preventing slips on uneven or slippery surfaces.

By opting for walking gear with these features, you’ll stay comfortable and adventure ready throughout walks. The kit you wear plays a vital role in enhancing your walking experience, providing the required support and protection while you’re walking. Whether you’re enjoying your favourite route or exploring new paths, make sure you’re gearing up with clothing you can rely on.


Find the perfect Walking Holiday with HF Holidays

Once you’ve got the gear, all that’s left to do is find the perfect location, routes, or even walking holidays! Whether you prefer walking closer to home or venturing out on far flung adventures, we recommend taking a look at the wonderful walking holidays offered by HF Holidays.


With 16 UK based country houses which are conveniently located nearby some of the most enjoyed national parks and landscapes, and a dedication to creating memorable holidays which are tailored to your needs and preferences, you can be sure to always embark on the most joyous journeys.


Whether you like the sound of embarking on guided walks which are led by a fellow outdoor enthusiast from HF Holidays or prefer self-guided walks where you can explore at your own pace, there’s truly something for everyone.