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    We are very excited to launch our Specialist Boot Fitting & Customisation Service in the great outdoors! Multi-award-winning service delivered in the wonderful fresh air!

    Weather permitting, you could enjoy a boot fitting in the garden at the front of the shop.

    This exciting development is just one of many practical measures we are taking to help keep you and our team safe. Additional measures include a hand sanitiser station, a protective screen at the till & a limit on the number of customers in the store at any one time. Our Covid-19 policy can be found here.

    Our Specialist Boot Fitting & Customisation Service will now operate on an appointment-only basis to help us manage the number of people visiting us & follow social distancing guidelines. 

    Hurry, appointments are booking up fast!

    We can't wait to help you!


    We are pleased to announce we will be reopening our bricks & mortar store on Tuesday 16th June & we are now taking online bookings for our Specialist Boot Fitting & Customisation Service.

    We would like to stress that creating a safe environment for you & our team is of utmost importance to us & we will be implementing a number of policies & procedures – these include a hand sanitiser station, a protective screen at the till & a limit on the number of customers in the store at any one time. Our Covid-19 policy can be found here.

    One new development we are excited to announce is the option of having a Specialist Boot Fitting appointment in the great outdoors! Weather permitting, you could enjoy our Specialist Boot Fitting & Customisation Service outside in the garden at the front of the shop! Further information on this exciting development to follow.
    Whilst our Specialist Boot Fitting & Customisation Service will need to operate slightly differently than before, the result will remain the same –comfortable & supportive footwear so you enjoy walking even more!
    Further updates, will be announced in the coming days – make sure to follow us on social media or check back on the blog to stay in the loop!
  • Shop is now temporarily closed but online operations continue

    In order to fully support the fight against COVID-19, we have decided to temporarily close the shop until further notice. Our online shop will, however, continue to operate for as long as it is safe to do so.

    Whilst we will really miss helping you in person, we know it’s the right thing to do- we must all play our part.

    • We regret that all appointments for our Specialist Boot Fitting Service from now until 1st May will need to be postponed, we apologise for any inconvenience this may cause.
    • If you’ve made an appointment after the 1st May - we will continue to actively monitor government advice on a daily basis & we will contact you if your appointment needs to be postponed.

    We will continue to respond to emails as soon as we can so please do get in touch if you have any questions.

    We would like to offer our sincere thanks to everyone for their support & we wish you all good health, mental & physical.

    We hope to see you again soon but in the meantime, take care of yourselves & each other.

    The Whalley Warm & Dry team

  • Coronavirus: WW&D Update

    We would like to keep you updated on the status of Whalley Warm & Dry and our Specialist Boot Fitting Service in light of the Coronavirus but before we do, we would like to say we are thinking of you at this uncertain time & we wish you good health (mental & physical).

    Here's an update;

    • We are still open for business & accepting appointments for our Specialist Boot Fitting Service for those who are feeling well, however we are actively monitoring government advice on a daily basis & we will keep you updated.


    • We are taking measures to help keep both customers and staff as safe as we can, this includes the use of hand sanitiser between appointments.


    • If you have an existing appointment for a boot fitting please cancel if you are feeling unwell.


    • Unfortunately, we have made the difficult decision not to accept any further re-soles/re-heels in order for us to streamline our operations in-store at this difficult time. We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause. It will still be possible for you to arrange re-heeling & re-soling directly with either Altberg, Lancashire Sports Repairs or Cobbler John.


    • We hope for our online shop to continue to operate as normal.

    If you have any questions or require further information, please do not hesitate to get in touch - 01254 822220 or

    Take care of yourselves & each other.

    The Whalley Warm & Dry team

  • Custom-Made Insoles Clinic now at Whalley Warm & Dry

    We are pleased to announce the launch of the new Foot & Insole Clinic at Whalley Warm & Dry - expertly fitted footwear & hand-built custom-made insoles all at one location for a seamless & stress-free experience! 

    The in-depth knowledge provided by our specially trained fitters combined with the comprehensive understanding of the biomechanics of the feet courtesy of The Foot & Insole Specialist is invaluable when finding footwear & insoles that work together perfectly to provide both comfort and support.

    Medical professionals including Doctors, Physiotherapists and Chiropodists regularly refer patients to see us for our ability to help people find properly fitting footwear and supportive insoles which can help alleviate the pain associated with medical conditions such as Morton’s Neuroma, Plantar fasciitis, Metatarsalgia, Arthritis and knee, hip and back problems.


    Liz, Jon's daughter & who many of you will recognise from her years of boot fitting & work at the shop, has recently qualified as a Podiatrist. 

    Together with her husband, Liz has set up a second clinic for their family business, The Foot & Insole Specialist. 

    From this new clinic, Liz will be taking appointments for biomechanical assessments & hand-built custom-made insoles.

    The custom- made insoles are 100% tailored to your two individual feet, naturally supporting every contour of your foot, improving comfort, shock absorption, support, alignment and posture.

    To book an appointment for our Specialist Boot Fitting Service plus custom-made insoles, please call Katy on 01254 822 220

    For an appointment just for custom-made insoles, please call 01254 824982.


    We can’t quite believe it’s Christmas time already!

    As a family business, we have chosen to close from 3 pm on Christmas Eve and reopen at 10 am on Friday 3rd January.

    We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause.

    Don’t worry, we still have boot fitting appointments available before Christmas so you can be sure to have comfortable feet on your festive walks!

    But hurry, appointments will be snapped up fast! Make sure to book yours very soon so you won’t be disappointed. Making an appointment couldn’t be simpler -you can make one online by clicking on the button below or give us a call on 01254 822 220 and we would be more than happy to chat!

  • Whalley Warm and Dry – we’re moving

    whalley warm and dry moving

    It’s true Whalley Warm & Dry are moving to a new location! Don’t worry we’re not moving far, just around the corner in fact, and the shop is still very much open for business in its current location on King Street.

    We are all very excited about this next chapter for Whalley Warm & Dry!

    As you can see from the photo below, we have a LONG way to go (the building used to be a garage) but we can’t wait to show you the new purpose-designed space in the new year!

    Make sure to follow us on Facebook and Instagram for all the updates 😁

    whalley warm and dry moving

  • It’s official – we are the largest stockist of Altberg walking boots in the UK!

    Altberg boots and shoes

    It's true, we are officially the largest stockist of Altberg walking boots and fittings in the whole of the UK! We even have boots not found anywhere else in the UK!

    We have Altberg boots in a range of width fittings (Extra Narrow, Narrow, Medium, Wide and Extra Wide) shapes (including the A-forme and wider last) plus volumes and did we mention they all come in half sizes! This gives you a pretty impressive range to choose from!

    Altberg boots and shoes

    All 18 of these Altbergs are the same size but vary in width, shape and volume - no two are the same!

    If you're feeling a little overwhelmed with all that choice, you can breathe a sigh of relief because our Specialist Boot Fitting & Customisation service will help you to choose boots that are the right size, width, shape and volume for your feet.

    We don't just measure, we match your feet to our range of boots available in 170+ different fittings then we customise them to personalize the fit for free-that's why people travel to us from across the country! We would love to help you too- you can book your appointment online today!

    We even have Altberg shoes!

    Altberg shoes

    Join the thousands of customers who travel across the country to visit us and discover the comfort of walking in boots that feel like they were made just for you!

  • Small Biz 100 2019 – exciting news!


    We are delighted to announce we have been chosen from thousands of small businesses across the country to be one of the SmallBiz100! 

    We feel honoured to have been chosen by the judges to be a part of #SmallBiz100 and the Small Business Saturday UK initiative championing small businesses across the country!

    small biz 100

    Whalley Warm & Dry has been selected as one of 100 trail-blazing small businesses in the official count-down to Small Business Saturday, which takes place across the UK on 7 December 2019. 

    In the 100 days running up to Small Business Saturday, the campaign will spotlight each of the Small Biz 100, as part of its mission to celebrate small business success and encourage the nation to 'shop local' and support British small businesses.

    Director of Small Business Saturday, Michelle Ovens MBE said:

    Each year this campaign has grown in support from government, business and communities alike, and so we can’t wait to begin the annual 100-day countdown to Small Business Saturday with the launch of the Small Biz 100 2019.

    “Small Business Saturday’s increasing popularity means it was harder than ever to choose just 100 of this country’s incredible 5.6 million small businesses to showcase, but we believe those we have chosen are true representatives of the diverse, creative and inspiring heroes at the heart of our communities.”

    In its seventh year, Small Business Saturday is the UK's most successful small business campaign, which last year saw an estimated £812 million spent in small businesses across the UK on the day, according to research commissioned by founder and principal supporter American Express.

  • The North West Way – Frequently Asked Questions

    The North West Way - Steve Garrill

    We interviewed author of The North West Way, Steve Garrill to discover more about this wonderful route and why you should give it a go!

    What is the North West Way? 

    The North West Way is a long-distance path linking Preston and Carlisle railway stations, utilising a combination of existing paths, it was designed to include some of the most scenic and inspiring walking in the north of England.

    North West Way Route

    How long does it take to complete the route​?

    It was written to be completed in 13 days but Brigantes offer itineraries to complete it in anything between 9 and 23 days.

    How hard is it?

    Designed to be doable by anyone of average fitness.  

    By using existing public rights of way, the route is well maintained because it is regularly checked by the author and rangers.

    North West Way landscape

    How easy is it to access the route on public transport?

    The route both starts and finishes at mainline railway stations.  

    The first four days could be completed as day walks using public transport with the remainder in chunks.  

    Like all long distance walks it is the opinion of the author (shared by Alfred Wainwright!) that a walk is best completed in one go.

    Where can I stay on the north west way?

    Details of B&B, pub and farmhouse accommodation are included in the book.

    All have been tested by the author (as have all tearooms and pubs en route!)

    Can I get my bags carried or my accommodation booked?

    Brigantes have a huge amount of experience in this field and have a specific page on their website for the North West Way here.  

    What would people be surprised to learn about the north west way?

    Possibly the sheer amount of history along the route, that along with the fact that every day offers a different type of walking.  

    I didn’t get into walking until I was 40 when my GP told me I would be in a wheelchair within 5 years.

    Having got the bug I completed most of the long distance walks in the north of Britain but was never fully satisfied with most of the routes or, in some instances, the quality of the book accompanying the route – hence the North West Way was born.

    What are your personal favourite highlights of the route?​​​​

    Almost impossible to answer that one!  

    Hawes to Keld is beautiful, Baldersdale to Langdon Beck offers fantastic big sky walking, I love the sense of remoteness on the Langdon Beck to Dufton section along the Tees (that is the photo on the front cover of the book).  

    Every day is gorgeous!

    As a trained history teacher, what is your favourite historical highlight?

    Great little Roman museum at Ribchester, Dales Countryside museum at Hawes, lots of Roman history on the last 2 days, great churches. Again hard to choose, but I could spend hours in The Hub transport museum at Alston.

    North West Way 5

    What sets this long-distance route apart from the others?

    The sheer diversity of the types of walking and scenery plus the amount of history and points of interest. As a book a huge amount of work went into checking the detail and simplicity and accuracy of the instructions.

    and finally, What key advice would you offer to anyone thinking of completing the North West Way?

    Plan it well in advance, book your accommodation months in advance.  

    Make sure your boots (always Altberg from Whalley Warm and Dry for me!) are really well worn in.

    Don’t carry too much and make sure your rucksack is correctly adjusted.

    There is a section at the front of the book on planning and kit recommendation.

    Hopefully this has answered your questions and inspired you to walk the North West Way, if so we have signed copies of The North West Way available in store.

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Tuesday - Saturday 10am - 5pm
& Sunday - Closed until further notice.