steve I've done a few of the winter meets and although there's sometimes been some snow around it's not been extensive or deep so no real problems when walking. It can be very cold. One meet was in Blacksail hut and according to my anenometer it was -6C when we left the hostel. Sometimes the meet is a bit of a washout due to bad weather.
Sorry I can't help, I'm London based but will be up in the Lakes for a week starting the 8th of September, based in Ambleside at a B&B with 3 friends. Our walks are usually 8 - 12 miles long and I'm hoping to do the Eskdale round although I might be doing that on my own as it's quite a tough walk.
I'm the youngest at 58, and the oldest I think is 78 this year. I'm trying to sort out some more routes around Ambleside, Langdale. One place I want to get to is Cathedral cave in Little Langdale. You could try this website for routes www.walklakes.co.uk
Hi Jon, no I wasn't wearing socks. I think I'm a tenderfoot anyway but I have worn other sandals that are far more comfortable, again without socks.
Currently I'm relying on my vivobarefoot trainers. Funnily enough if I wear socks in these they're not comfortable. I think they slip around a little. But worn with bare feet they are pretty good. I have worn fiverfingers in the past, but just had to throw mine out as they're now too small.
I've only worn mine once on a 6 mile hike and at the end of it the soles of my feet felt tender and a little sore and I had a blister. Probably o.k. for watersports and round the camp. Currently relegated to just such usage.
Like most manufacturers Jack Wolfskin - bit of a mixed bag. I had a pair of their walking shoes that I didn't get on with and had to throw. I did get a pair of their gloves as they were the only company making gloves out of Schoeller fabric. The palms were covered with some kind of synthetic/fake leather which crumbled away after a few years. My wife had a fleece from them that she absoluteley loved. Fleece on one side soft shell on the other and reversible. Unfortunately she left it at a service station and hasn't found anything to replace it since.