For Coast and Country

August 25, 2014

I’ve moved back to Cornwall, at least for the time being, and it’s windy and wild here which to me, is just wonderful. As much as I am bold and unconventional, I am passionate about nature and one of my favourite things to do is go for long walks out in the countryside and that means sensible country and coastline walking clothing. Sensible shoes and sturdy windproof jackets with cosy layers underneath while you stand on a cliff edge and marvel at the ocean or hang over a field fence and watch cows masticating peacefully while flies try their best to sit and rest a while in the wake of a flicking tale or ear.

If you’re like me and love to be out in the open, I think this is what we’re going to need…

Country Walking Outfit

A pretty country tunic dress and leggings (optimum movement is needed for climbing over turnstiles and up trees, for you know, the view!), wellies and a raincoat – this is England and rain is never far away – many pocketed bag filled with a cake tin full of yummy cake, a scarf and a a tube of rich and comforting moisturiser. Oh and don’t forget a very happy dog! The kind of outfit that will keep you warm and dry but that you can also wear to that pub you will inevitably huddle inside for a well earned pint or a warming hot chocolate. 

to beach and coastal path sign

I think it’s absolutely fantastic that you can pretty much walk the entire west coast of England in one line. There is a coastal path all along this wild and wonderful coastline and here in Cornwall if the wind gets too strong to be anywhere near a cliff, there is plenty of countryside to get lost in.

coastal pub

My ex boyfriend and I once borrowed my friend’s dog to visit a nearby forest and got there quite late in the afternoon, we also didn’t really know our way around this forest so we just followed the dog who had been there countless times before. Eventually it got dark and we started to distrust that the dog knew the way out. Thankfully in my trusty many-pocketed bag, I had a headlamp which helped us find a road in the pitch darkness of the woods to follow our way back to the van… That experience came a little too close to Blair Witch country!

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  • Bente Vold Klausen August 28, 2014 at 12:08 pm

    I love walking as well and in Norway we have a say: There is no such thing as bad weather, only bad and impropriate clothes!

    • The Dame August 28, 2014 at 4:17 pm

      So true Bente! Once I discovered fleece clothing and down feather filled coats I could finally be ok with English winters!

  • World Travel Family August 31, 2014 at 9:44 am

    Hi from a fellow Brit. It’s my first winter in the UK this year for 7 years and there will be a lot of mud as I take the kids to Forest School every week. Liking the look of those wellies very much!

  • Chanel | Cultural Xplorer August 31, 2014 at 10:48 am

    I keep hearing wonderful things about Cornwall, I have got to visit one day!

  • Cory Lee August 31, 2014 at 12:59 pm

    England is one of my favorite places in the world, but I haven’t been to Cornwall yet. Could I borrow your dog if I come to go on a walk with me? Lol