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  • 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!

    SmallBiz100

    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.

    Do you have more questions? Please ask them below!

  • Free socks for Father’s!

    To celebrate Father's Day, we are offering Father's a chance to get a FREE pair of walking socks when purchasing footwear.

    All you have to do is book an appointment for our multi-award-winning Specialist Boot Fitting & Customisation Service by Father's Day evening and quote the code 'FATHER'.

    The fitting can take place anytime in the next 4 months, so you get to choose a time that’s convenient for you!

    Booking an appointment couldn't be easier! Click on the button below or give us a call on 01254 822220 and we will be more than happy to make an appointment for you!

    Terms & Conditions

    • Father’s get a free pair of socks when purchasing footwear following a Specialist Boot Fitting appointment
    • All appointments must be requested by Sunday 16th June 2019 at 23:59 and quote the code ‘FATHER’
    • All appointments must take place by Sunday 20th October 2019 and during normal shop opening times
    • A ‘Free Socks’ voucher will be included in the appointment confirmation email. This voucher must be presented to the fitter during the fitting or at the end of the fitting when purchasing the footwear.
    • One pair of free socks per Father
    • This offer cannot be used in conjunction with any other offer
    • This offer is available whilst stocks last
    • We reserve the right to amend or withdraw this promotion at any time
  • A Lap of Lancashire

    We had the pleasure of meeting and fitting walking boots for Blackburn Rovers Community Trust's deputy CEO David Dunwell, who set off today on a 120 mile trip around Lancashire in aid of men's mental health.

    From Monday 3rd June to Friday 7th June, David will be walking across the county visiting much-loved football clubs along the way in the hope the football community will back the cause.

    From start to finish, David will be completing this challenge (including camping every night) on his own to raise awareness concerning the social isolation and feelings of loneliness that so often accompanies mental health issues. 

    Inspired by his efforts to raise awareness and money for such a worthy cause, we wanted to find out more. We asked David how he has been preparing for the challenge, if he's picked up any walking tips, what he hopes to achieve and more. 

    What inspired you to do A Lap of Lancashire?

    First and foremost I felt there was more provision needed to support middle-aged men at high-risk or currently suffering from mental health issues. Some of the statistics around suicide in men are crazy and I feel there needs to be more done to improve the current situation and challenge the status-quo.

    In my current role I spend a lot of time completing funding bids to support new projects, but on this occasion I felt that I could generate some good awareness whilst raising money and the idea just stemmed from there.

    I’m not a cyclist or a runner but I do love the outdoors and walking and it’s one of the things in my life that helps me de-stress, so that mixed with my football background led me to this challenge in particular!

    I know it’s going to be really tough but I am hopeful that the money raised will really change some lives.

    How have you been preparing for the lap of lancashire?

    Walking, walking and more walking.

    I’ve been trying to get as many miles in as possible but it has proved difficult having a demanding job and an even more demanding little boy.

    In the 52 days running up to the walk I have planned to try and cover 500 training miles and I am pretty much on track to do so. Where I’ve not been able to do as many miles I’ve been trying to carry a bit of extra weight in my back pack.

    I’ve been learning how to take care of my body to ensure I can cover the mileage and the new boots have definitely helped my feet!

    The dog has been loving how much he’s been out and about exploring beautiful rural Lancashire!

    What do you envisage being the most challenging aspect?

    It has been tough getting the sponsorships in to try and reach my funding goal but something that has been overcome with a bit of time committed.

    I think there is a difficulty in the fact it will be quite a lonely experience, which is purposeful to replicate the social isolation people struggling with mental health face.

    I think the toughest part will simply be covering the miles with the weight, particularly around the hilly areas. Some days I will be covering up to 30 miles with a roughly 10kg load which is a lot of time on my feet and pressure on my leg/back muscles.

    Have you picked up any walking tips?

    I’ve definitely picked bits up and also learnt a lot from trial and error.

    Learning how to make sure my body doesn’t get to sore or rub or managing my kit in different weathers (and I’ve seen them all during this training period!). I actually found the experience of getting my boots fitted fascinating and learning about how wrongly fitting shoes can make such a difference!

    I’m sure I’ll learn a lot more as I stumble through the real thing!

    Lap of Lancashire Fitting

    What do you hope to achieve?

    Most importantly I hope to raise awareness of mental health, particularly for middle-aged men.

    Secondly, I’d like to raise at least £2,000 to kick-start a new regularly attended project (hopefully more!) to be hosted at Ewood Park and give the opportunity for like-minded men to ‘chew the phat’ and socialise to de-stress and improve their mental health.

    How can people donate to the cause?

    They can visit my Just Giving page: http://www.justgiving.com/owner-email/pleasesponsor/David-Dunwell or if they’d like to get in touch they can do so on David.dunwell@brfctrust.co.uk or 01254 508133.

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