Essential Lockdown Walking Kit

The warmest socks, best bum bags and next-level headphones. We’re not talking serious hiking gear here, just 10 small things that will make a difference to your daily walks in London or further afield:

Have your phone around your neck with this thick cord and you’ll never have to search your pockets in the freezing cold. Impact crossbody phone case with tie, £49 from Casetify:

A small scarf to protect your neck like a warm cushion. £95 from Jo Gordon:

This will keep out both the wind and the rain. Lightweight waterproof jacket £135 from Hunter:

A double-walled coffee cup that keeps your drink hot without burning your hands. Made from stainless steel and free from BPA. As you might expect, these Chilly cups come in an array of great colours. 340ml or 500ml, £20 from Chilly’s:

Sleek and warm, you can’t beat a simple cashmere beanie with a bobble. Choose from black, red, grey and beige. £79 from Johnstons of Elgin

Freeing you up to use your fingers, wrist warmers let you multi task around the park. Icelandic wrist warmers £69 from Brora:

Cashmere socks are a no go if you are walking any distance as they will wear through within a few outings. Instead, feel glorious in Penelope Chilvers’ wool socks (made in Scotland), which come in navy, green, grey and these wonderful cream ones. £25 from Penelope Chilvers:

Transport yourself to another realm with these mind-altering headphones. Bang & Olufsen Beoplay H4 over-ear headphones £250 from Selfridges:

A bum bag so you just carry your essentials. Gwyneth Bum Bag in Golden Palm, £30 from Nola Boutique:


A failsafe pair of waterproof boots, so stylish you won’t even need to take them off once you’re home. Dark green classic boot, £170 from Blundstone:

— Annie Reid
13th January 2021