Last night Healthy Living London headed out into the crisp night air for an Urban hike with the Metropolitan Walkers and Merrell, and we are so glad that we did. Great conversation, beautiful autumnal weather without the rain, comfy new hiking boots and the city lights at night, guiding the way. Hiking has become a popular activity that has many lacing up their boots for an adventure outside, so why should the bright lights and big city prevent you from getting outdoors? London is a hive of activity and a great city to explore, so wrap up warm and get out there. Plus, with Christmas all around, the colorful displays and twinkling lights are wonderful to see.
I headed to Tooting to meet up with a group of hikers, The Metropolitan Walkers, for an urban hike in London. As part of the Ramblers Organisation, the Metropolitan Walkers are a group based in London that meet up at least once a week for a hike. Each week, a new volunteer leads the walk meaning that the road ahead is different each time, and as there is a vast membership, the group size and participants vary too. Having spoken to a few of the members during our hike, it seems that wellness and exercise seem to be the main driving force behind the walks, as well as being part of a group activity. In fact, the group that I joined had all become close friends and have even been on trips together, most recently to Iceland! I love this camaraderie and friendship.
Merrell joined the hike and offered each participant a pair of their Moab 2 GTX hiking shoes to try out and keep! This was a one off; they don’t give out shoes at every hike, so we were lucky! I have to say, these shoes are great. Comfy, lightweight and breathable, ideal for any hike, plus they are super easy to clean. Importantly for me, years of attempting to prance around at dance school have led to a high instep. The Merrell Moab has a molded nylon arch that supports my foot, as well as a cushioned heel that absorbs shock; this is essential should you decide to ramble over uneven and unstable ground. I also love the mint blue/ sage colour detail on the shoe.
• GORE-TEX® waterproof membrane, exceptional breathability and waterproof performance
• Synthetic leather and mesh upper
• Bellows, closed-cell foam tongue keeps moisture and debris out
• Protective rubber toe cap
• Breathable mesh lining
• Merrell M Select™ FIT.ECO+ blended EVA contoured footbed with added zonal arch and heel support
• Molded nylon arch shank
• Merrell air cushion in the heel absorbs shock and adds stability
• EVA midsole for stability and comfort
• Vibram® TC5+ sole
• 5mm lug depth
• Weight: 1lb 10oz / 744G
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The Ramblers are a charitable organisation that uses the membership fees to fund Britain’s bridal pathways and puts more paths on the map.
*Health Advice: It is advisable to consult with your doctor before beginning any new exercise program.