The British pastime of “going for a walk” has been around for centuries. Not a hike, or a passegiata, just a good old stomp through the fields, usually with a dog in tow and a few reluctant children. As a true Brit, I relish the opportunity to put on my wellies and get some fresh air. Not to be deterred by the miserable weather, it’s essential that you dress for the elements. We’ve all made the mistake of going for a walk in trainers with the hope it won’t be too muddy; always a disaster.
This weekend we escaped London for the East Sussex countryside. With a light dusting of snow, it finally felt like Winter here in the UK and it was great to get some fresh air before a Sunday Roast and afternoon by the fire.
For me, Barbour is the quintessential British brand. There’s something reassuringly British about those lovely wax jackets with courdoroy details that just make you feel at home! I remember finding my first Barbour as a child in my Grandmother’s cupboard. It’d probably belonged to one of her three sons and been stashed away for future use. I remember the triumph at my discovery and happily wore it on the Lakeland fells until I outgrew it; it’s probably still in a cupboard somewhere. In recent years, Barbour has become more of a fashion brand, but for me, it will always remain a countryside essential, found in under- the- stairs cupboards across the UK!
I recently invested in a new Barbour and went for the Beadnell. I love the relaxed fit which means it can be thrown over chunky knitwear without feeling restricted. It’s proven to be adequately waterproof on many a wet walk, and set to be a wardrobe staple for years to come!
Clearly the most important item on any walk is your footwear, and in Britain this means wellies. Until recently, I’ve always gone for Hunter, but was converted to Aigle boots after realising they’re available with a fur, neoprene or leather lining, promising toasty feet, whatever the weather! I’m wearing the Aiglentine Fur Wellington Boots which are so comfortable and warm I always feel slightly smug when wearing them; most definitely worth the investment!
A good hat finishes off the country look. The hat I’m wearing was bought in hat shop in Madrid, but you can find a similar one here.
Three countryside staples you can’t go wrong with.