5 Reasons I love getting outdoors in the winter
Just because the days are getting shorter and colder, there’s no excuse for hibernating over winter. It’s a fantastic time to head outdoors and here’s why:
- I think we’re very lucky in Britain with our distinct seasons, each one has something to offer. I particularly love a clear, cold and sunny winter’s day. I love breathing in the crisp, fresh air; there’s nothing quite like it for making you feel alive. Plus in the winter you don’t have to stay up late (or get up so early) to witness spectacular sunsets or sunrises.
- With our somewhat changeable climate, sometimes you just have to wrap up warm, grab your waterproofs and head on out, otherwise you’d never leave the house! I personally love pulling on a woolly hat, a cosy scarf and gloves. I also love thick socks and a good winter coat. As beautiful as this autumn has been, I can’t wait to layer up and head out into the cold air.
- I don’t know what it is, but every time I put on my (spotty, pink) wellies, I feel like a child again. I want to jump in puddles, I want to play in mud and I want to stamp my feet. I am very excited about getting Finn some wellies, I just need to wait until he can walk (not long now eek!).
- One good thing about the winter months is that the crowds are decidedly thinner. Make the effort to head out in the colder months and you may well be rewarded with peace and tranquility. It’s also a good time to plan a trip. Accommodation is often quieter and cheaper, the same goes for eateries and outdoor attractions (although check they are still open).
- Finally, my very favourite thing about being outdoors in the winter is coming home. When I was younger and had horses I had to go outside, whether there was a gale blowing, a blizzard closing in or hail pelting down. The only thing that often kept me going was the thought of my cosy pyjamas and a cup of tea waiting for me at home. These days I’m very grateful for our open fire, it’s so welcoming after a bracing walk, and it’s the perfect accompaniment to a steaming cup of hot chocolate.
What’s your favourite thing about winter?