Make your First Foot of 2018

Hike your way to a Happy New Year with our twist on a British tradition

The New Year’s Day walk is a classic for a reason. It’s your chance to clear your mind and reset for the year ahead. It sets you up to achieve anything you want in the new year. It’s also the perfect way to make sure you’re ticking off your resolutions straight away, making memories with your nearest and dearest from day one of the new year.

This New Year’s Day, join us for First Foot.

The First Foot tradition

In Northern British folklore, the first-foot is a coveted prize. As the clock strikes twelve and brings in a new year, the first person to pass the threshold of your home claims the title of your first-foot, bringing you luck for the year ahead. However, this tradition runs the risk of being lost for good, and we’re not letting that happen.

For 2018, help us to turn the first-foot tradition upside down. Instead of focusing on the first person that comes inside your home, why don’t we make our first-foot the person we first step outdoors with?

Make your First Foot count

This New Year’s Day, we want you to get out there on a hike with your family or friends (furry ones count too!), and put your First Foot into the outdoors. That’s right. Grab your mum, your dad, your uncle, your aunt and get out there. And let’s start the new year with something a little more strenuous than the usual New Year’s Day walk. You only get one First Foot a year, so make it count and tick off hike number one for 2018.

The First Foot Challenge

On New Year’s Day, we want you and yours to complete at least a 10,000 step – roughly five mile – hike together. For those in need of further hike-inspo, we’ve pulled together a couple of routes you might want to try (they’re free too – bonus!)

Isle of Mull: Ben More from the south
Lake District: Kentmere Pike and Harter Fell
Brecon Beacons: Sugar Loaf
Dartmoor: Belstone Tor
Lake District: Latterbarrow and Lake Windermere
Peak District: The Great Ridge and Mam Tor
Welsh Borders: Offa’s Dyke
Cotswold Hills: Windrush Valley and the Slaughters
Yorkshire Dales: Swaledale and Melbecks Moor
Snowdonia: Carnedd Llewelyn

So, all that’s left is to gather your group, pull on your boots, and make for the hills. Once on your way, make sure you:

● Take some snaps
● Share them on Instagram or Twitter using #BerghausFirstFoot
● Tag our account – @TheRealBerghaus on Twitter, @BerghausOfficial on Instagram
● Continue your journey and keep making memories
● We’ll share our favourite snaps on the Berghaus social channels and blog

Together, we’ll make sure our fresh take on the First Foot tradition lives on.