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Lifestyle || The joys of a good walk

I mentioned in my post on the Bronte walk on Wednesday that we covered 12 miles last Saturday. Sam and I are a couple who loves a good long walk. 12 miles doesn’t even feel daunting anymore. When we lived down South in London we covered the Green Chain walk and part of the North Downs Way. Now that we are up in Yorkshire we have so many new walks to discover through the moors and the Dales. 

It’s like pulling teeth to get me to run (remind me why I’m doing the Great North Run again?) but I’m always game for a long walk through the countryside. Especially if you bring a backpack loaded with sandwiches and drinks and a book or two for a restful read out in the middle of nowhere. 

Growing up, though we lived rurally, I always considered myself a city girl; now, less so. I consider myself a countryside person who needs a city in close proximity. I like the isolation and the quiet and the fresh air, but I also want someplace bustling to pop into for a great cup of coffee, a trip to the theatre, or an afternoon of shopping. 

Something about the fresh air just clears away the cobwebs (or more accurately, anxieties) in my mind and leaves me feeling refreshed. After our big hike around the moors of West Yorkshire I slept like a baby and woke up feeling uncannily refreshed. 

A long walk is one of those simple pleasures in life that I wish we all had more time to indulge in. 

“Some old-fashioned things like fresh air and sunshine are hard to beat. In our mad rush for progress and modern improvements let’s be sure we take along with us all the old-fashioned things worth while.” – Laura Ingalls Wilder 

Coat: c/o Lighthouse Clothing || Jeans || Top || Shoes || Socks || Watch 

My gorgeous raincoat is from Lighthouse clothing, and I highly recommend you taking a peek at the rest of their stock! 

What’s your greatest simple pleasure? 

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  • ninegrandstudent

    I do love a good walk – it’s the thing I miss most when I’m stuck inside every weekend studying! I also LOVE your raincoat, I’ve been looking for a new one so definitely going to check the brand out…

    NINEGRANDSTUDENT: A Lifestyle Blog

    • I really recommend it at the moment! Ttenlinkng is quite thin so I’ll never be able to wear it when the weather gets cold, but it’s a great “warm” weather raincoat. X

  • 古人日三省其身,我从博客里吸收养分!

  • Gorgeous photos & scenery!! Yes to a big walk – I know exactly what you mean. I’d say a “cafe day”, sitting on a terrace outdoors with a cappuccino usually makes me feel like I’m living my best life 🙂

    • Ooohh good one. In my “ideal” day a sit with a coffee and a book in the sun would definitely be part of it! X

  • Ahh you’re the second person I’ve seen with a Lighthouse coat! What a beautiful design, I can totally imagine myself in every item of this outfit! Definitely well worth investing in a really good wind and waterproof raincoat! Alice xxx

    • I have my short yellow raincoat which I love too, but it’s so nice to have something that covers the top half of my legs- there’s nothing worse than walking with wet thighs in jeans!! X

  • This looks like a beautiful walk! And it’s so funny – I recently got a new coat from Protected Species that looks so much like this one … and have taken so many similar snaps, haha! A longer-length coat is perfect for the rain in England.

    • Yes! I have a short raincoat that I love but I HATE when the top half of my legs get soaked by the rain, especially if I’m in jeans! X

  • NatalieLeanne

    Mine is definitely a cup of tea 🙂 xx

  • Diana Maria

    That raincoat is so lovely! Longer raincoats like this tend to be my go to, the style looks wonderful and it does you well in the rainy weather. These photos and the views are so great, I love the photography in this post!

    Sending love & light your way,

    My Lovelier Days

  • What a beautiful place! I do miss those open countryside and coastal walks in the UK. It wouldn’t even phase us to walk that distance either. I mean, it would probably take awhile, but I’d love it. 🙂 I think it’s something like 15 miles from the top of Singapore to the bottom, so I’ve considered running/walking the whole thing in a day just to say I ran across a whole country, but it’s just too freaking hot!

    • It would be a super cool thing to say that you’ve done though! But it would be so hot to run! It makes me knackered just thinking of it! 😉 x

  • Totally fair! I used to live by Crystal Palace Park in London and it’s gorgeous but there were only so many times that I could go through the park! X

  • My partner and I started going on walks in the warmer weather to a nearby lake and park. As much as I despise exercise, I love getting out in the sunshine and seeing all the ducks in the water. There’s just something about walking that is incredibly soothing; it doesn’t feel like exercise, but it still is, which is why I like it.

    It’s already far too cold here to leave the house unless you have to – and it’s not even Winter yet! We still have a little less than 2 weeks until the cold weather officially begins, and I’m not looking forward to it. Bring back the days of sunshine and pretty skirts, please!

    • Ugh! I don’t envy you with winter just starting! I hate the cold- I’m definitely a warm weather baby. Luckily, it’s finally started warming up in England! Xx

  • I’m like you. I like to be in close proximity to a bigger city, but also close to the nature. When living in the city far away from the calm and relaxation of the wilderness I get anxious just for that. I wish I was doing more trips to the countryside, but so far it hasn’t happened. It could be a great plan for the summer though!


  • I think we share the same sillmple pleasure (albeit at opposite ends of the country!) The benefits to mind and soul of a good moorland stomp, uncovering new little spots to sit and breathe and rest your brain, are just fantastic.
    Happy mooching.
    Also, these photos are divine!
    M x Life Outside London

    • Thanks Michelle! It’s impossible to not feel a bit more relaxed, I think, when you’ve spent some time out in the fresh air! x

  • Long walks are lovely! I just wish the Georgia weather cooperated a bit more. When the weather is nice, it’s pollen season, and my allergies are MISERABLE. When the pollen clears up, it’s practically summer with high humidity. There’s like one good month at the end of winter and one good month in the fall, when neither spring nor fall allergies bother me, and I can survive the climate.

    • I have really bad allergies too so I totally feel your pain! In general my allergies are miles better in the U.K. than they ever were in Atlanta- I’ll never forget the horror the first time I came it if the house to find my car covered in pollen! X

  • Miu

    I find myself a lot in this post 😉 Running sounds daunting, going for a walk or hike? Pretty exciting! Plus, I consider myself a suburb kind of girl 😉

  • Love your outfit! It’s very northern 😀 haha I have to say I was always a city girl, but I’m growing a bit less like that because I enjoy the quiet, but I wouldn’t say I’m a country girl, more of a seaside girl maybe 🙂