Lad of the Lake

Country Walking Magazine (UK) - - #walk1000miles Update -

Back in the early 80s I was help­ing take a group of Gateshead teenagers on an ad­ven­ture week in Bor­row­dale when the tread on one of my boots came away.

I bought a new pair in Ge­orge Fisher – full leather up­per and Vi­bram sole – for £40, not cheap then. Meet­ing up with the group on the shores of Der­went Wa­ter I was told to put them on and “Go and stand in the lake”. I as­sured my ad­vi­sors they were wa­ter­proof, but still I was told to “Go and stand in the lake up to your knees, it’s the best way to break your feet into your boots”. Off I went and stood in the lake and dis­cov­ered just how cold a lake can be. And do you know what? I still have those boots and they never gave me a sin­gle blis­ter. The process of stand­ing in a lake is one I still ad­vise if your leather boots are giv­ing you prob­lems. Oh and I still dub­bin my boots! Peter San­der­son, Email

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