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Farnham Walking Festival

Sunday 21 to Sunday 28 May 2017

Not long now until the Farnham Walking Festival which offers walks for everyone, of all ages and fitness levels, including wheelchair users, to discover historic Farnham and the beautiful surrounding area through a range of walks.

All walks are led by experts in their field and are free of charge. Find out about life in the castle, the industrial heritage of the town, public art, how to walk properly and of course the natural landscape surrounding the town.

Booking, on a first come first serve basis, is required for all walks and all walkers are responsible for ensuring they wear the correct clothing.

Book via the website: or pick up a form from Breaking Free and return it to us.

Deadline for booking Tuesday 16 May.

Breaking Free LogoFarnham Walking Festival logo

Posted on 10th May, 2017 by Breaking Free Ltd

With the weather heating up, Teva Sandals are now in stock

With the weather finally heating up, the long awaited range of Teva sandals are now in stock, and selling fast!

Super grippy, super comfortable, with features such as water-chanelling technology, shock pads, and microban zinc to counter the stink, Teva have thought of everything to make your feet love their footwear.

If you're keen on having cool and comfy feet when the sun shows up, then come and take a look!teva_kayenta_dreamweaveteva_tanza_leather_mens_sandals

Posted on 10th May, 2017 by Breaking Free Ltd


The Simon Trust Greensands Scramble



Join us as we walk 57 miles of beautiful Kent and Surrey countryside. Pretty villages, orchards, hop gardens, Chartwell, Leith Hill and ending up at the famous NT Punchbowl at Hindhead on Sunday afternoon for a Survivor’s Party.

We start most days at a pub at 9am, or just whenever you wish. Please do as little or as much of the four days as you can. Even a few hours with the dog would be fantastic!


Thursday Linton Bull Inn ME17 4AW               to Sevenoaks Riverhill Gardens        -17 miles.

Friday      Riverhill Gardens TN15 0RR           to CarpentersArms Limpsfield Chart  -12 miles.

Saturday Westcott Prince of Wales RH4 3QE  to Hascombe White Horse               -17 miles.

Sunday    Hascombe White Horse GU8 4JA      to Hindhead Punchbowl                  -11 miles.


There will be a start at 12 midday on Sunday 30th at the Hascombe White Horse. This is not intended as a race and you will please need to be self sufficient. i.e. there are no water stations.

There will be a Survivor’s Picnic Party at The Punchbowl, Hindhead on Sunday afternoon with FREE refreshments.

BOOK YOUR PLACE ONLINE AT:   www.Eventbrite Greensand Scramble

Entrance fee is just £10 (+ booking fee) for a short dog walk or the full four days.

Details on parking and transport back to your cars will follow by email nearer the time (as long as you enter.)


All proceeds will go to The Simon Trust, a new local charity raising £500,000 towards a much needed home for ten young adults with severe autism in Alfold, Surrey.

Please visit for more information.

Posted on 15th April, 2017 by Breaking Free Ltd

Stretchy but still waterproof! The new Rab Kinetic jacket

It seems that Rab have decided to tempt us all with the innovative new Rab Kinetic Jacket, a stylish yet super lightweight stretchy waterproof softshell which is also highly breathable. 

The new Proflex™ fabric technology allows fantastic freedom of movement which means that you can use the jacket as either a mid layer in winter or an outer layer in warmer seasons. 

Technically, the jacket is designed for day-long use in changeable weather conditions, with a waterproof component hidden inside: a high performance, flexible membrane with a waterproof measure of 10,000mm and an exceptional breathability level in excess of 35,000cc/sqm/24hrs.

The outer and inner layers of Proflex™ are engineered, high gauge knits – the outer treated for water repellency, the inner wicking to move moisture rapidly through the system.

We love the choice and flexibility the Kinetic gives over traditional waterproofs, more style and less rustle rustle of the fabric as you walk.  There is a Mens and a Womens version, so no need to feel left out ladies!Rab Kinetic Jacket

Posted on 13th March, 2017 by Breaking Free Ltd

Royal Robbins

Here at Breaking Free we have stocked Royal Robbins summer clothing for many years now and we’re still loving the new ideas they put into their funky but functional clothing.

If you haven’t heard of Royal Robbins, well he was an American climber, one of the best in the world in the 1960’s.  At the time the outdoor apparel industry started and ended with Army surplus and jean cut-offs. Climbers and hikers desperately needed well-fitting clothing that could move, and that looked good.  Royal and his wife started to produce a range of functional clothing for travel which not only lasts but is easy to pack and you can wear straight out of a suitcase.

The Royal Robbins makes use of some technologically advanced and renewable fibres which perform well in the outdoor environment, for example Modal®, a super soft material extracted from beech trees and Tencel®, a highly functional natural fibre extracted from raw eucalyptus wood.  Instead of Nylon, they use Sorona®, an eco-conscious, corn-based biopolymer that reduces energy consumption by 30-40% and greenhouse gas emissions by 55-60%.

Read about the technology that goes into the clothes here:

If you are looking for versatile but great looking and easy to manage travel clothes, then check out our Royal Robbins range for this summer’s travels.

NOE Sevilla Short Sleeve


Posted on 6th March, 2017 by Breaking Free Ltd

Breaking Free is 20 years old!


Here at Breaking Free outdoor and travel shop, we are celebrating our 20th birthday this month, having been trading from the Townhall Buildings in the centre of Farnham since 1997.

We are now the only independent outdoor shop in the whole of Surrey and Hampshire combined.

Owners Dave and Sandra Harvey, formally proprietors of Birdworld, started the business out of their love of everything outdoors, with Walking, Climbing and Caving being well loved hobbies of theirs. Being a Scout Leader, Dave is well known in Farnham and his technical knowledge of all things outdoor is second to none.

“There’s no such thing as bad weather, just inappropriate clothing.” So said Alfred Wainwright, father of “Peak Bagging” and the Coast to Coast Walk. Whether you are rambling around Frensham Pond with your dog, or yomping around in the mountains, or photographing Whales in Iceland, or fighting of the mozzies in Malaysia, Breaking Free aims to provide you with whatever footwear, clothing and equipment is appropriate for your trip.

Posted on 20th February, 2017 by Breaking Free Ltd

New ALTBERG KELD G-forme boot

Altberg Keld


Alt-berg are a British company who make boots in North Yorkshire.  They take a real pride in every pair of boots they make, and specialise in making boots to fit people who normally struggle with getting the right width of boot, or with the shape of the boot.

Alt-berg have a new ergonomic fit of boot which they are calling the G-forme.  This is ideal for people with a wide forefoot and a medium heel, giving an overall wider volume boot, reducing sideways pressure on the large toe.

The new boot to model this fit is the Altberg Keld boot.  It is a traditional 2-3 season leather walking boot with a wide fit that is a strong and durable, but with as low weight as possible. The upper is seamless one piece construction, made from first grade Italian Nubuk.  To give added protection to the upper, the boot has a full rubber rand. The ankle has soft leather padding, giving excellent support.

At Breaking Free we now have the Altberg Keld in stock.  Come in and see us for a boot fitting, we will always spare the time to make sure you leave with the correct fitting boot.  The customer feedback we get from Altberg is always extremely positive!

Posted on 1st February, 2017 by Breaking Free Ltd

New Eagle Creek products for 2017

Now that the travel season is starting we have got some exiting new products from Eagle Creek to keep your posessions well organised while away from home:

There are three new colours in the Pack-It Specter™ Mini Cube Set, which is designed to keep jewelary, hygiene products, and other small travel accessories easily organized, while the padded structure offers protection.

We also have the new Pack-It Specter™ Cinch Organizer in three colours.  The Cinch Organizer is ultra-light and easy to clean, and with six internal pockets it will make certain that all of your toiletries, undergarments, and other products are kept securely throughout all of your travels.

The new Pack-It Specter™ Wristlet Set is perfect for small items like toiletries to medium-sized belongings such as hair brushes. It features a slight padded structure protects contents against the rigors of travel while keeping set lightweight, and the TPU-lined material is easy to wipe clean and stands up against moisture.

Pack-It Original™ Quilted Circle Set is a new take on the cube design, perfect for storing and sorting watches, bracelets, rings, and other assorted accessories as well as larger items such as belts and scarves.  The Integrated quilting protects your bag’s contents.

New Luggage options for 2017 include the new Tarmac 26" and 29" cases and also the Tarmac international carry on case.

The Tarmac International Carry-On was constructed with extreme durability to handle the rigours of long distance international journeys. Innovative features include:

  • Sleeve in the main compartment that can secure up to a 17” laptop and other electronics
  • Expansion zip
  • Innovative Coat Keeper™ secures jackets and sweaters to the top of the bag
  • Add-A-Bag strap allows you to attach a companion bag to the front
  • Puncture-resistant lockable zippers and Central Lock Points tightly secure the bag from intruders
  • Bi-Tech™ Armor fabrics maximize resistance to the elements and abrasion
  • Over-sized treaded wheels, heavy-duty wheel housings, skid plate, and bumper protection
  • Compression straps and external lash points securely fasten gear

The NEW Tarmac 26 and Tarmac 29 wheeled luggage benefit from similar innovative features but with larger capacity,  to make packing a suitcase simple and efficient.  

  • Expansion zipper allows you to maximize your storage space for more carrying capacity
  • Add-A-Bag strap can attach additional pieces of luggage to the front
  • Puncture-resistant lockable zippers with a central lock point optimize security
  • Innovative Bi-Tech™ and Bi-Tech™ Armor fabrics offer maximum abrasion and weather-resistance
  • Over-sized treaded wheels with heavy-duty wheel housings can cross most terrain, while the skid plates offer protection from bumps
  • Secure loose belongings to your luggage with the Innovative Equipment Keeper™ or Coat Keeper™
  • Padded sleeves to keep a laptop or tablet safe during travels
  • Multiple compression straps and external lash points making securing gear simple and effective

Eagle Creek Tarmac International Carry-On

Posted on 25th January, 2017 by Breaking Free Ltd