How trail shoes perform in winter

As Holyrood Park and Arthur's Peak feature a mixture of terrains – from smooth paths to rocky crags – the New Balance's Fresh Foam X Hierro v5 is the ideal trail shoe to tackle the ever-changing ground. Set off in an anti-clockwise direction from the palace around the Queen’s Drive footpath for an easy 3-mile (5km) route which allows for a gradual, scenic climb and a sharp descent. I go off-road at the swan-filled Dunsapie Loch for a quick (but punishing) sprint to the summit. The Hierro V5 come into their own as I tackle the grassy slopes and rocky landscapes. Once I’ve reached the peak, stopping for a stretch and a chance to enjoy the scenery, I come downhill via the circular footpath that guides you back toward the historic palace.