British hiking in the 1950’s

TheBigForestHikerBearWe have been lost in books about hiking in the 1950’s and old maps and its been delightful. We also had the loan of the most amazing walkers scrapbook from 1952 with photos and text about early adventures on long distance footpaths. There will be a series of posts about hiking over the coming months with illustrations and text from the books and scrapbook but here is one of the first fruits of our research, retro hiker bear. He has his sleeping roll, a beautiful illustrated map of his route, a retro rucksack and lots more accessories too. If he tickles your fancy he is handmade and can be personalised with a favourite journey, badges, names and messages and is available in a very limited edition  over at our Etsy shop (see the About section at the top of the blog homepage for the link). Like all bears from TheBigForest he is designed for display and not for kids.

And TheBigForest designers have new hiking boots, waterproofs and a rucksack too, which are very far from retro, so expect more of our walking adventures on the blog soon.

Yay to summer!

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  1. I once bought a set of framed photographs from a junk shop years ago for the wooden frames. Most of them depicted nameless landscapes, but there was a lovely one of a pair of jolly hikers, complete with knapsacks, woolly knee-socks and bobbed hair, whose travels I assumed might have been documented in the other photos. I must go and look it out!

    • Sounds lovely. Really enjoy those ‘simple pleasures’ photographs from the past. We love the aesthetics of old walking kit too but we are also glad we don’t actually have to use it when rambling! I cant imagine how heavy a canvas rucksack was when it got soaking wet for example.

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