The perfect clothing choice for any walk, either up and down or round and round, is a good quality layering system. At Rohan we have a great selection of products to make up a really comfortable and versatile layering system. Base layer is the key; be bold and start off cold, as the old adage would have it! The Merino Union 150 on a cool and cold day is a perfect choice – though don’t underestimate the wicking properties of the Global T on a more temperate outing; a perfect performance baselayer that looks like your average cotton t shirt and so versatile!
The weather conditions were ideal for proving the need for our layers to work and keep us protected; mild and dry in the morning, just below 10 degrees centigrade, as we reached higher ground towards the falls the spray made the air cooler near waterfall. Later in the day at Rydal, the clouds broke and strangely, the temperature dropped again before the end of day which was low cloud, wet and dark early!
Walking up from the Ambleside shop at Market Cross to visit the Stockghyll Force Waterfalls, it is only a short walk – but it is a good hike uphill. Base layer allied with the new Stretch Microgrids was the preferred combination of the day, exciting to test some Spring 2021 new products early! You cannot beat a Microgrid for versatility, they have been a trusted line in the range since the 1990’s! For Spring Summer ‘21 we have added stretch into the fabric for even great freedom of movement, ease to put on or take off and general comfort in use, likely to be a best seller early next year when the stock reaches stores.
After the initial section we were up into the falls area and it was time to layer up – Frostpoint Vests out of the pack, ideal timing! Followed in short time with the trusty shell – the Ascent Jacket, the perfect 2 layer waterproof jacket for a day such as this – full waterproof and windproof protection, with packability (into its own chest pocket).
We moved on from here to drive over to Rydal Hall, for a well-earned brew and a walk around the woods. But if you wanted to carry on your walk from Stockghyll, you could head on up the hill and tackle Wansfell, dropping down into Troutbeck before looping round to land at Waterhead and to find another refreshment!
When around the Rydal woods with the sun breaking through, the Windstorm Fleece came out; amazing product with DWR qualities as with the Troggings Trousers. Sometimes that DWR is enough to kick off a heavy shower and possibly save the extra layer being added.
Walking up to Rydal caves tested out the suitability of the kit; the stretch allowed us to ease up the incline, not just the Troggings Trousers – but the Summit Trousers and the Traverse Trousers worn by Claire and Anne respectively. The water resistance from the DWR handled the water in and around the caves perfectly.
We were still able to get great views from there back across to Heron Pike and Helm Crag out past Grasmere. With the weather due to close in, we need to push on a little.
Back to Ambleside where we found our trusted and favourite Apple pie café for lunch before heading to Waterhead to catch a view up the valley towards Langdale, having changed out of our walking kit into a more relaxed jeans and fleece. The stretch and warmth of the Advance Jeans was ideal, with the Metro Crew as the weather really began to close in.
The Metro Jeans offered a “black jeans” look, in a great stretch fabric, teamed up with the super warm Finnic Cardi. Sadly the view will have to wait for another time as the forecasted cloud front moved in and closed the curtains on a great Lakeland day! As a final treat, Nick got to try out the Pioneer Jacket (not in stores until March) – it took some persuasion to get it back off him! Look out for that next year.
We run into quite a few Rohan customers along the way, wishing them – as we do you – a very, merry and safe Christmas.
We hope you can enjoy some time outdoors and look forward to being in touch next year!