As the warmer, drier weather draws to a close for another year, you might be thinking that outdoor pursuits are off the table. But you can stay active in colder, damper conditions, provided you have the appropriate clothing and equipment. Considering that for most of the year, Britain's weather is less than ideal, it would be a shame not to enjoy the same sort of activities you take for granted in the more temperate months. Checking the forecasts ahead of time, particularly with the up-to-date information you can get online now, means that you can avoid the worst of the cold and damp while still being prepared for it.

A good waterproof jacket is essential to hiking or climbing in wet conditions. Regatta's Thornhill coat uses a Hydrafort fabric and taped seams to leave you dry and comfortable throughout the day, coupled with a soft brushed fleece lining to the top for added warmth and a handy, fold-away hood. Or you might consider the Stornoway warm lined jacket from Fortress with its quilted lining and concealed hood. In their women's range, Regatta offer the 3-in-1 Vanessa jacket, made of a waterproof and breathable Isotech polyester fabric with an inner layer anti-pill Symmetry fleece.

If you're looking for something to carry on the off-chance of bad weather, then we offer the Regatta Packit and Artic Storms' ladies lightweight, breathable Suntex jacket. These products give you the benefit of a waterproof jacket you can pack away lightly and use when required.

There are a variety of ways to keep yourself warm outdoors, and we stock a wide range of products for this purpose. Our rechargeable hand-warmers heat up to 50 degrees for up to an hour without pre-heating or batteries for colder treks. Our Wroxham and Fortress fleece bodywarmers are great for the Autumn, if it's not quite cold enough yet for a full winter jacket. We stock wool hats and beanies as well as open-finger mitts to keep the cold at bay.

Autumn is a great time for hiking, and and with our 1000 mile and Bridgedale walking socks, as well as our Grisport Wolf and Peaklander boots, you'll be in a good position to make the most of it in comfort.

Waterproofing your existing clothing couldn't be easier with Nikwax's Wash-In TX direct, which adds a layer to protect from the elements. Their Tech-Wash cleaner is a great way to keep your waterproofs in good condition all year around.


 So now you can feel confident with venturing out in less than forgiving climates, and enjoying the outdoors for longer. And if you feel like you need any advice at all on what to wear for outdoor activities in the Autumn and Winter months, you can drop into our store in Heswall and we'll be happy to answer any questions you may have.