I recently embarked on a walk around the Peak District on the Bonsall walk, near Matlock Bath in Derbyshire. Greeted with a mixture of blinding sunshine, gale force winds and showers, it was difficult to know what to wear. This inspired me on creating a blog post to tackle the subject. What are the absolute necessities to take with you whilst on a walk? it a premium hoodie, sweatshirt or t-shirt? Here I will give you the step-by-step details of the walk and what I wore to tackle each stage of the adverse weather conditions.
A summary of the walk:
Starting at the River Derwent, the weather was overcast and cloudy. However it was quite warm in temperature. At this point I decided to wear a base layer of a cotton t-shirt with my favourite premium sporty hoodie on top from Quemondo. If you have not heard about Quemondo, they are quite a new brand and produce and selection of high end hoodies for different occasions. Their three main styles are sporty, casual and fashion. If you want to see their whole collection I’d also have a look on their Facebook.
Above is the MS Grey Melange sporty hoodie that I own. The fabric is very thick, durable and warm. However it is also a breathable hoodie because it is made from high quality cotton. I also like the fact that the zippers are water tight too.
As I moved past the pub on the corner, closer to Gulliver’s Kingdom, the weather became colder and clouds began to form rapidly. The wind also started to pick up. A complete nightmare for choosing protective clothing. Luckily because my premium hoodie is so snug, all I had to do was pop over a protective waterproof layer to keep my hoodie dry.
Regatta do a great light weight protective jacket that featuring a waterproof and windproof yet breathable fabric. Perfect to slip on top of a hoodie in wet conditions. All the seams are taped so it will definitely keep you dry.
A strange door in the rocks I found on the walk.
Although the weather conditions turned a little, I was still able to enjoy my surroundings whilst passing through the limestone area of quarrying.
Halfway through the walk there is a chance to venture to the Bonsall high street for a drink or refreshment which is usually very much needed at this point. I took shelter from the weather here for a while. After a short break, the weather became much finer and warmer. I then embarked on the return route down Ember Lane. The outstanding views over the Derwent Valley make the effort of climbing Ember Lane very worthwhile The Heights of Abraham is local to the area and is well worth a visit. In the summer months, there are cable cars which glide back and forth from Matlock Bath, taking visitors to the top of the pleasure grounds.
As you approach Ember Farm go straight ahead and follow the signpost indicating a footpath and then take the higher of the two paths. This will take you through the woods above Matlock Bath which lies hidden below and completes the route.