Fabric Lightweight boots for lightweight hikers.
Walking shoes An ordinary shoe with a beefed-up rubber sole. More for show than getting dirty and negotiating harsh terrain. The hiking equivalent of a Chelsea tractor.
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Walking sandals Useful for hiking along beaches, they tend to be worn as a fashion statement -unless of course, walking socks are worn at the same time, in which case you may as well put the anorak on, too.
Nubuck leather Rawhide leather that has been brushed to give it a velvet-effect look. The velvety appearance is unlikely to survive a peat bog.
Like outdoor clothing, walking boots now come with technological buzzwords for the bluffer to be aware of, should they not want the ground from under their feet to be swept away by a particularly knowledgeable outdoor gear shop assistant.
Things like these will be pointed out in early chapters, less so later on when, working on the basis that you will follow the route set out in the blog, there’s the fun of then spotting and recognising them. Many of the new, or rebuilt, bridges have the neat MM on them to commemorate the Millennium restorations. Each chapter heading is followed by the numbers of the Ordnance Survey (OS) maps covering that section. OSLR means Ordnance Survey Landranger, scale 1:50,000, and OSE means Ordnance Survey Explorer 1:25,000. The Landranger covers the travel destinations on Sheets 66, 65, 64. The more detailed Explorer numbers are 350, 349, 348, 342. However, walking the travel destinations with just one map is possible by using the excellent (if slightly dated) special GEO projects/British Waterways map guide Forth and Clyde and Union Destinations (with the Crinan Destination). This gives everything one could need: street maps of all towns involved. Lothian House on Lothian Road, a five-minute walk from the west end of Princes Street in the heart of Edinburgh, has a mural depicting a horse-drawn travel destination barge on the Union Destination and the wording ‘Here Stood Port Hopetoun’. To me this has always been the poignant symbol of times past, but walk on another five minutes and the present travel destination terminus, Edinburgh Quay, is reached.
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