VISIT: Many of us have rediscovered the joys of nature during lockdown, and so countryside staycations are on the up. These are great if perhaps you’re not ready to be surrounded by loads of people, or maybe you simply want to enjoy some hiking and other outdoor pursuits. The Lake District reigns supreme for all of the above, and while it has become increasingly busy during peak season, it is over 900 sq miles so there are plenty of less populated areas to explore.
WEAR: Hiking gear can be tricky to get right, especially in warmer weather. Ultimately you’re after functional clothing, but not something that will have you looking like a geography teacher. Gramicci shorts are not only stylish, but they also out perform many conventional hiking shorts due to various technical details including a gusseted crotch for ease of movement. The shorts also have a handy integrated belt, which means one less thing to pack (or in our case, forget to pack). Japanese brand and Wander are also a must when it comes to outdoor gear and, like Gramicci, there’s no compromising on the style front with the brand seeking to bring the traditional sensibilities of fashion to the outdoors. Some of our favourite summer pieces include the Dry Rip Shirt Jacket, which is crafted from a lightweight cotton polyester mix, and of course, no hiking trip is complete without a well stocked backpack. For the serious hikers among you, opt for the and Wander X-Pac 30L backpack, which is not only incredibly lightweight but also offers water resistance of over 10,000mm - perfect for the unpredictability of the British summertime!