here’s nothing we like more than getting out into the Yorkshire countryside for a hike (with a backpack full of pork pies of course!) – with so much beautiful scenery on our doorstep we’re spoilt for choice! If there’s one thing serious walkers know however, your kit is everything, and come rain or shine you’ve got to have the right equipment for the job. Here’s our list of made-in-Yorkshire essentials that no hiker should be without!
A good pair of boots is about the most important thing a hiker can own, and we love the classic style and comfy fit of Altberg boots. Made with Italian leather but overseen from Richmond in North Yorkshire, Altberg are known for their hiking boots, but they also make boots for the police and military. They have lots of stockists around the country, but also offer a boot fitting service for that perfect fit.
Award-Winning Clothing from Buffalo
Functional, technical but still extremely cool, we love this outdoor clothing made by Buffalo in Sheffield. Their mountain shirt might look familiar, and that’s because the design has been copied by lots of other manufacturers – but Buffalo are still the original and the best. You won’t find unnecessary bells and whistles, just sleek, comfortable, high-performance clothing for serious adventurers.
A Snugpak Tactical Backpack
Based in Silsden, West Yorkshire, Snugpak are known for their tactical gear, and we think their backpacks and rucksacks are perfect for hikers, cyclists or just about anyone who needs rugged gear to take on an adventure. We particularly like their Sleeka Force daypack – a serious piece of kit that will last you for years.
A Yorkshire-Made Hat
Hailing from Clapham in the Yorkshire Dales, Richard Grafton & Co have been making beautiful outdoor clothing from natural materials since 1987. From sheepskin gloves to fur-lined hats, it’s the sort of clothing you’d be comfortable in hiking the dales, or sat by a roaring log fire in a country pub. We particularly like their flat caps and British wool jumpers – totally Yorkshire!