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  • We won!

    Lancashire Tourism Awards

    In the glittering Tower Ballroom at Blackpool Tower, Whalley Warm & Dry joined the county’s best tourism businesses to see who had won the prestigious and much coveted Lancashire Tourism Awards.

    We were absolutely delighted when our names were announced by presenter of Drive on BBC Radio 5 Live, Tony Livesey, as the winner of the ‘Retail Experience’ award.

    We believe the ‘Retail Experience’ award is fantastic recognition of the customer service we provide at Whalley Warm and Dry. We really do try to go the extra mile to provide a friendly, relaxing, helpful and informative experience for all those who take the time to visit us from across the country.

    We are very proud of what the Ribble Valley and Lancashire as a whole has to offer. With so many award winning places to eat, breathtaking countryside to explore and wonderful places to shop, we urge our customers to make a day of it when visiting Whalley Warm & Dry. We have compiled a list of just some of the many fantastic places to visit in the Ribble Valley – Make A Day Of It.

     

    Walk Whalley Pendle Hill

    We would like to thank all those who supported the Lancashire Tourism Awards and congratulate all the wonderful winners and worthy finalists.

     

    Small Visitor Attraction Award* Sponsored by Northern Print Distribution
    Carnforth Station Heritage Centre

    HAPPA, Shores Hey Farm, Burnley – WINNER
    Inside Spa, Nelson
    Mrs Dowsons Farm, Blackburn
    Thornton Hall Country Park
    The Woodland Spa, Burnley

    Large Visitor Attraction Award* Sponsored by Napthens
    Blackpool Zoo
    Brockholes Nature Reserve, Preston
    East Lancashire Railway
    Farmer Ted’s Adventure Park, Ormskirk
    Sandcastle Waterpark, Blackpool
    Viva Blackpool – WINNER

    Dog Friendly Award* Sponsored by Creative-Council.net & Peter Scott Printers
    The Aspinall Arms, Mitton
    Park Leisure Ribble Valley
    Pendle Inn, Barley 
    The Spread Eagle Inn, Sawley – WINNER

    Retail Experience Award 
    Freeport Fleetwood
    Leyland Market
    Whalley Warm & Dry – WINNER

    Large Hotel Award* Sponsored by University of Central Lancashire
    Barton Grange Hotel, Preston 
    Best Western Plus Samlesbury Hotel, Preston
    The Elgin Hotel, Blackpool
    Lancaster House
    The Midland, Morecambe – WINNER
    The Spa Hotel, Ribby Hall Village, Wrea Green

    Business Tourism Provider Award* Sponsored by Heart FM
    Barton Grange Hotel, Preston 
    Best Western Plus Samlesbury Hotel, Preston
    Lancaster House
    Winter Gardens Blackpool – WINNER

    Small Tourism Event Award Sponsored by Lancashire Post
    Burnley Canal Festival
    Canal Fest at Botany Bay, Chorley 
    Chorley Flower Show
    Cloudspotting, Slaidburn – WINNER
    Great British Rhythm & Blues Festival, Colne
    Lytham Hall Open Air Theatre

    Large Tourism Event Award Sponsored by University of Central Lancashire
    The Hobbit, The Dukes Theatre, Lancaster
    Lancashire Encounter, Preston
    LightPool Festival, Blackpool – WINNER
    Light Up Lancaster
    Lytham 1940s Wartime Weekend
    The National Festival of Making, Blackburn
    Vintage by the Sea, Morecambe

    Lancashire Café/Tearoom Award Sponsored by Lancashire Life
    Alices Tearoom, Lytham St Annes
    Countrystyle Kitchen, Lancaster
    The Dearden Tea Rooms, Haslingden
    The Mill, St Catherine’s Park, Preston
    Potters Barn, Ribchester – WINNER
    The Village Tearoom at Wheelton

    Self-Catering Holiday Award* Sponsored by Quality in Tourism
    Box Tree Farm Glamping, Kirkby Lonsdale
    Breck Apartments, Poulton-le-Fylde
    Moss Wood Caravan Park, Cockerham
    Newton Hall Holiday Park, Blackpool – WINNER
    Pine Lake by Diamond Resorts, Carnforth
    Queens Mansions, Blackpool
    Sunset Park Holiday Village, Poulton-le-Fylde

    Visitor Experience Award Sponsored by Blackpool and The Fylde College
    Blackpool Ghost Walks
    Dining with Distinction at East Lancashire Railway
    Farmaggedon, Ormskirk
    Go Ape Rivington
    Inch Perfect Trials, Whitewell – WINNER
    The Woodland Spa, Burnley 

    New Business Award Sponsored by Nelson Town Council
    Ascent Trampoline Park, Blackpool – WINNER
    Clip ‘n Climb Preston
    Crafty Events, Leyland
    Holmes Mill, Clitheroe 
    Moor Hall Restaurant with Rooms, Aughton
    The Oxfordshire Hotel, Blackpool
    The Rookery Roughlee

    Wedding Venue Award Sponsored by DFC
    Avenham and Miller Parks, Preston 
    Beeston Manor, Hoghton 
    Browsholme Hall and Tithe Barn, Clitheroe – WINNER
    Farington Lodge Hotel, Leyland
    The Midland, Morecambe
    Ribby Hall Village, Wrea Green
    The Spread Eagle Inn, Sawley  

    Taste Lancashire Award* Sponsored by Total Food Service
    The Bay Horse Inn, Lancaster
    Bertram’s Restaurant, Burnley – WINNER
    Hipping Hall, Kirkby Lonsdale 
    The Midland, Morecambe 
    Olive Tree Brasserie, Preston
    Twelve Restaurant & Lounge Bar, Thornton-Cleveleys
    The Villa Wrea Green

    Lancashire Pub/Inn Award*

    The Bay Horse Inn, Lancaster
    The Cartford Inn, Little Eccleston – WINNER
    The Clog and Billycock, Pleasington
    Eagle and Child, Ramsbottom 
    Freemasons at Wiswell
    The Millstone at Mellor
    The Spread Eagle Inn, Sawley

    Lancashire Producers & Makers Award Sponsored by Huddle Media
    Brindle Distillery, Chorley 
    Choc Amor, Mawdesley
    Dewlay Cheesemakers, Garstang – WINNER

    Sustainable Tourism Award* Sponsored by Jones Harris Chartered Accountants
    Browsholme Hall, Clitheroe – WINNER
    Lancaster House
    Moss Wood Caravan Park, Cockerham

    Inclusive Tourism Award* Sponsored by Northcote at the Rovers
    Browsholme Hall, Clitheroe – WINNER 
    The Dearden Tea Rooms, Haslingden 
    The Mill, St Catherine’s Park, Preston 
    Sandcastle Waterpark, Blackpool 

    Culture & Heritage Award 
    Clitheroe Concerts Society
    In-Situ, Brierfield
    Lancashire Theatre Workshop/Ribcaged Productions, Clitheroe
    Lytham St Annes Spitfire Ground Display Team
    Winter Gardens Blackpool – WINNER

    Guest Accommodation Award* Sponsored by Links Signs & Graphics
    The Red Pump Inn, Clitheroe 
    Crow Wood, Burnley – WINNER

    Small Hotel Award* 
    Farington Lodge Hotel, Leyland
    Kings Hotel, Blackpool
    The Villa Wrea Green – WINNER

    #LTA17  #WhereLifeFeelsGood

  • Walking Boots- Extra Narrow, Narrow, Medium, Wide, Extra Wide Fittings

    If you have been blessed with wide or narrow feet, you may have found finding comfortable, well fitting walking boots a challenge -this is where we can help! We have walking boots available in 5 different widths;

    5 WIDTHS WALKING BOOTS

    We even have half sizes! This gives you over 170+ different fitting options to choose from!

    We don’t rely on just one brand for our width fittings, we have carefully sourced walking boots from brands in the UK and across Europe so we can provide you with a range of walking boots that cater to feet of varying widths and shapes. If you’re curious to know which brands and boots made the list we can give you a hint – not all of our boots are on the website but we can tell you that we are the largest stockist of Altberg walking boots and even have limited edition models exclusive to us - you can't find them anywhere else. We are also proud stockists of Meindl, Hanwag, Scarpa and Lowa.

    Once our specially trained fitters have measured and analysed your feet as part of our free multi-award winning Specialist Boot Fitting Service, they will use their in-depth knowledge of the brands and expertise of the footwear to match your foot to the footwear as closely as possible. We can even customise the fit of the footwear using our specialist machinery. This process is done in store, whilst you wait and only takes about 10 minutes. 

    walking boots for WIDE feet

    If you have wide or extra wide feet you will have probably been faced with the following dilemma when buying walking boots;

    Choice One – squeeze your feet into walking boots that are too narrow in the hope they will ‘break-in’

    Choice Two – Go up a size in walking boots to get more width at the front but risk your feet hurting elsewhere as a result e.g. blisters at the heel from the heel lifting

    It’s a tough choice with painful risks!

    At Whalley Warm & Dry we remove this dilemma completely - if you have wide feet, we will make sure you are fitted in wide fitting walking boots with plenty of space at the forefoot to avoid crushing your toes. You will be able to give your toes a wriggle- this has come as a surprise to some of our wide feet walking customers as they have never been able to do this before in walking boots! The wide fit walking boots won’t only fit well at the front, we will make sure the whole foot, including the heel, is comfortable and secure. With a number of wide and extra-wide fitting boots to choose from, there’s no reason for you to squeeze your feet into walking boots again!

    HAPPY FEET = HAPPY WALKER!

    We have lots of happy customers with happy feet! They have kindly left over 100 Facebook and Google reviews.

    walking boots for narrow feet

    If you have narrow feet you will probably have been faced with a seemingly endless struggle to find boots that hold your feet and don’t cause your heel to lift at the back. Most walking boots leave your feet swimming around and cause your feet to bash into the sides of the footwear. With each pair of walking boots you try on you desperately wonder how you can make them fit.

    You may have been forced to resort to extreme measures to get a walking boot to feel like it fits. The most common approach is to try wearing more pairs of socks or thicker socks to remove some of the excess space inside the boots but you may have chosen a riskier strategy and bought a smaller pair of boots. Unfortunately going down a size in walking boots to get a snugger fit can all too often result in very sore toes and even the loss of toenails- ouch!

    At Whalley Warm & Dry, if you have narrow feet we will fit you in a narrow fitting walking boot that gently holds the whole foot, including the heel. You won’t need to go for a smaller size, the narrow fitting walking boots will be the right length so you won’t risk your toes hitting the front of the boots.

    THE EASY CHOICE

    Join the thousands of customers who travel to us, from as far as the Highlands of Scotland to Cornwall, for our Specialist Boot Fitting Service and range of extra narrow, narrow, medium, wide and extra wide walking boots. We can help you to find comfortable walking boots so you can enjoy walking even more- you can relax when you're feet are happy!

    Book your appointment online now or call 01254 822 220.

  • 7 REASONS WE LOVE TILLEY HATS

    7 REASONS WE LOVE TILLEY HATS

    Tilley hats are simply world class! They are an absolute travel essential, perfect for whatever adventure awaits you!

    So what makes them so wonderful? Well, we hope to answer that question today with our list of 7 reasons why we love Tilley hats…

     

    1. GUARANTEED FOR LIFE

    Tilley hats are built for life but if your Tilley hat should ever wear out, fall apart, shrink or even mildew, you can relax knowing you will get a free replacement from Tilley. In a world of planned obsolescence, I think you will agree this makes a refreshing change!

     

    2. EXPERT CRAFTSMANSHIP

    Tilley hats are handmade in Canada by talented artisans using traditional skills. Forty-one individual processes, using twenty-three different sets of expert hands are involved in making a single Tilley hat. Each step is meticulously executed to ensure you have a  fantastic quality hat.

     

    3. COMFORTABLE FIT

    You don’t need to worry about painful pressure around the head with a Tilley hat. Tilley hats are designed to fit low and loose. They are held on by gravity but on windy days you can use the adjustable, tuckaway wind cord to help keep your hat in place. With a range of sizes available in each style, you can be sure to find the right fit for you. Like footwear, your Tilley Hat must be sized properly. To help you discover your Tilley hat size, we have put together some simple advice, along with a helpful video here.

     

    4. KEEPS YOU COOL

    Tilley hats are the ideal travel partner when venturing to warmer destinations. The wider brim styles provide great shade for the face and neck. Ventilation incorporated into the crown helps to keep you cool and comfortable, especially the bestselling LTM5, LTM6 and T5MO AIRFLO® designs. The Hydrofil® sweatband is soft next to the skin and wicks perspiration away from the forehead.

    TILLEY T5MO

     

    5. MAXIMUM SUN PROTECTION

    Tilley hats have been tested and certified to provide an Ultraviolet Protection Factor (UPF) of 50+, this is the maximum rating given. A UPF rating is granted to apparel or gear that has been tested and proven to block a certain amount of ultraviolet radiation. UPF is similar to SPF, except that UPF means UV testing was conducted with equipment rather than on people’s skin. SPF rating only applies to lotions applied directly to the skin, not fabrics. Further information about how Tilley hats can help provide sun protection can be found here.

     

    6. WATER REPELLENT

    Tilley hats aren’t just for sunny days, the water repellent finish can help on rainy days too!

     

    7. GREAT CHOICE

    Tilley hats are available in many fabrics including organic cotton (T4MO, T5MO styles) hemp (TH4), wool (TTW2) and nylon (LT5B, LTM6, LTM5). They also come in a choice of colours and of course sizes. With such a great range of styles, colours and fabrics available, it can be hard to decide which Tilley hat to choose. To make things a little easier, we have created a helpful table here so you can easily compare our range of Tilley Hats across features such as weight, brim size and colours.

     

    I know we promised 7 reasons why we love Tilley hats but we struggled to narrow it down to just 7, so here are 3 bonus reasons…

     

    8. SECRET POCKET

    The secret pocket in the crown is Velcro© sealed and is ideal for when you are travelling and need somewhere to store your cash, credit cards or hotel keys… just don’t forget where you’ve put them!

    Tilley LTM5

     

    9. THAR SHE FLOATS

    Back in 1980, Alex Tilley was overseeing the creation of the first Tilley hat and he had 5 clear objectives. He wanted to create a ‘proper hat’ which would float, stay on, be unsinkable, last indefinitely and look attractive. As you can see from the list above he certainly achieved his ambitions! The non-absorbent foam liner in the crown not only adds buoyancy and fulfils the floating criterion but it also offers head protection too.

     

    10. WASHABLE

    Considering the wear you can expect to get from it, you will be delighted to hear Tilley hats are washable. Most Tilley Hats can be cleaned at home however the TTW2 style is Dry Clean Only. Full instructions on how to care for a Tilley Hat can be found here.

     

    So there you have it, our 7 reasons why we simply love Tilley Hats! If you are already a proud owner of a Tilley hat, we would love to hear why you love your Tilley hat!

    If you would like to know more about these world class hats please get in touch (01254 822 220 or info@whalleywarmanddry.co.uk) and we can provide further information and advice.

     

  • Which Tilley hat to buy?

    With a range of colours, fabrics and styles to choose from, it can sometimes be difficult to decide which Tilley Hat to choose.

    To make things a little easier, we have created this comparison table so you can easily compare our range of Tilley Hats across features such as weight, brim size and colours.

    MATERIAL(S)

    BRIM SIZE

    COLOUR OPTIONS

    SUN PROTECTION

    WEIGHT

    Tilley T4MO Khaki

    T4MO

    98% Organic Cotton

    2% Spandex

    Front: 3 ½” 

    Back:  3 ½”

    Sides: 2 ½”

    Khaki

    Olive

    UPF 50+

    3.7 oz /

    105 g

    Tilley T5MO Khaki

    T5MO

    98% Organic Cotton

    2% Spandex

    Front: 2 ⅝”

    Back:  2 ¾” 

    Sides: 2 ⅛”

    Khaki

    Olive

    UPF 50+

    3.5 oz /

    99 g

    Tilley LT5B Stone

    LT5B

    95% Nylon

    5% Spandex

    Front: 2 ⅝”

    Back:  2 ¾”

    Sides: 2 ⅛”

    Stone

    UPF 50+

    3 oz /

    85 g

    Tilley LTM6 Khaki

    LTM6

    100% Supplex Nylon

    100% Polyester Mesh

    Front: 3 ½”

    Back:  3 ½”

    Sides: 2 ½”

    Khaki

    Olive

    UPF 50+

    3 oz /

    85 g

    Tilley LTM5 Olive

    LTM5

    100% Supplex Nylon

    100% Polyester Mesh

    Front: 2 ⅝” 

    Back:  2 ¾”

    Sides: 2 ⅛”

    Khaki

    Olive

    UPF 50+

    3 oz /

    85 g

    Tilley TH4

    TH4

    100% Hemp

    Front: 3 ½”

    Back:  3 ½”

    Sides: 2 ½”

    Mocha

    UPF 50+

    5.9 oz /

    167 g

    TTW2

    71% Wool

    18% Polyester

    12% Polyutherane

    Front: 2 ⅝”

    Back:  2 ¾”

    Sides: 2 ⅛”

    Black

    Olive

    N/A

    4.8 oz /

    136 g

    The broader brim styles (T4MO, LTM6 TH4) offer maximum shade from the sun, whilst the medium brim styles (T5MO, LTM5 and TTW2) are perfect if you're active and need a hat that stays put.

    Whilst there are differences between the Tilley hats, they all share the same quality craftsmanship and Guarantee for Life.

    If you would like any further information about our range of Tilley hats, please call 01254 822 220 or email info@whalleywarmanddry.co.uk and we will be more than happy to help.

     

     

     

     

  • ALTBERG SHOES NOW IN STORE

    For two years specialist, British boot-maker Altberg have been quietly planning, designing and refining their first collection of shoes and we are delighted to announce we have the Pathfinder Trek, Pathfinder Trail and Jorvik Trail shoes in store now.

    Altberg have used their classic boot making skills and ‘know how’ to produce a range of high-quality walking shoes which we are sure will be a hit with our customers.

    The new Altberg shoes have all the classic features associated with this much-loved brand – quality materials, great fit, micro soles and strong midsoles.

    Our award-winning Specialist Boot Fitting Service can help you to select the most comfortable size.

     

    ALTBERG PATHFINDER TRAIL – £130

    Altberg shoes - Pathfinder Trail

    The Altberg Pathfinder Trail is designed for low to medium well-trodden tracks and trails. The ‘micro-fibre’ upper is a non-leather extremely breathable material and when combined with the micro sole, it makes the Pathfinder Trail shoe the most lightweight piece of footwear Altberg have ever produced.

    Micro-fibre has been used for many years in running and training shoes because it’s breathable, durable and well ‘tried and tested’.

     

    FEATURES;
    • Ultra-lightweight
    • Highly breathable micro-fibre upper with a suede finish
    • Vibram® rubber leisure sole with micro cushion mid-layer – the Vibram® leisure sole is a hybrid that combines lifestyle and trekking
    • Hydrophilic fabric lining and waterproof membrane
    • Trekking grade midsole which gives it good torsional support for uneven terrain
    • Lacing down to the toe to facilitate a wider range of foot widths and volumes

     

    ALTBERG PATHFINDER TREK – £140

    Altberg shoes - Pathfinder Trek

    The Pathfinder Trek is designed for walking on tracks and well-trodden upland trails where conditions are not too severe.

     

    FEATURES;
    • Lightweight
    • Full grain Nubuck leather upper – water repellent European leather
    • Trekking grade midsole which gives it good torsional support for uneven terrain
    • Waterproof lining with a moisture and grit resistant bellows tongue
    • Soft leather around the ankle for extra comfort
    • Vibram® rubber leisure sole with micro cushion mid-layer – the Vibram® leisure sole is a hybrid that combines lifestyle and trekking
    • Lacing down to the toe to facilitate a wider range of foot widths and volumes

     

     

    ALTBERG JORVIK TRAIL-  £170

    Altberg shoes Jorvik Trail

    The Jorvik Trail leisure walking shoe has been designed to perform equally well on the hill or the street.

     

    FEATURES;
    • Lightweight
    • Supportive
    • Breathable
    • Seamless, one-piece construction made from first-grade 1.6-1.8mm Italian Nappone full grain leather
    • Sympatex waterproof lining
    • Vibram Masai sole with Tri-flex midsole offers strong support and traction

     

    Our Specialist Boot Fitting Service can help you to find the most comfortable fit and size for you, call 01254 822 220 to make an appointment or to find out more information about this exciting new range of Altberg shoes.

     

     

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