Having never seen the point of walking poles I was very envious of people I was walking with in Iceland last summer. They seemed to help when crossing rivers, snow fields, muddy traverses and difficult terrain.
It looks like I'm off walking again this year and am thinking of getting some. I doubt I'll use them much in this country (in Northumberland most of my walking is rolling moorland) so don't want to spend a lot.
I saw some cheap ones in Cotswold outdoor. 2 for £25
But then I was drawn in by cheap chinese carbon.
Ideally I'd like cheap chinese aluminium but can't find anything that "looks good".