WHY WINTER BEATS SUMMER. HANDS DOWN
Winter has arrived, but don’t feel blue. Resist the urge to moan at the weather report each morning and hibernate indoors with a Lemsip until it passes. Life needn’t stop as soon as winter arrives – it should start! There are an abundance of reasons why winter should be your favourite season, here’s our pick of the bunch…
LAYER UP - NOT DOWN.
While it can be nice to feel the sun on your skin and soak up some rays (responsibly) it is almost impossible to regulate a comfortable temperature when enjoying outdoor activities during a warm day in summer. You can only take so many clothes off and equally you can only walk so slowly before you stop. In winter however the temperatures are a little more forgiving. So layer up as needed with all your favourite kit and enjoy the crisp, cooling air as you push on to your peak.
Each year in the UK we are blessed with four seasons, this means that four times a year the landscape around us undergoes some spectacular changes. In the winter months we practically have a whole new country to explore thanks to a good dusting of snow.
Whether it falls gently like a cloud of feathers from a broken pillow or drives down with blizzard ambition it turns familiar hills into new uncharted territory. From the palette of colours, to the texture of the ground everything is transformed, even the lay of the land is changed as snow drifts create shapes previously unseen. Whether you go hiking up the mountains or simply explore the local park don’t miss the opportunity to get outside and explore it.
When heading out to your local hill on a sunny summer weekend looking for daring adventure you are often faced with a few hundred other people who had the same idea. Winter brings with it a much more exciting chance for real adventure. When it’s just you and the trail in front of you, taking on gale force winds and blizzards it’s enough to make anyone feel like the next Ranulph Fiennes atop of your very own snowy peak.
THE FOOD. THE VERY GOOD FOOD.
The season of the salad is over as soon as winter arrives. Stews, hot-pots, lasagnes and shepherd’s pie rule in our kitchens once again. For this reason alone we should consider winter as our favourite season. No one can deny that there are few things in life that are more satisfying than tucking into some hot and hearty grub on a cold winters day.
DON'T STEP - SLIDE.
Winter brings with it a whole new raft of sports for us to try each year, with arguably a much greater adrenaline rush than the activities of summer can provide. Whether you’re ice climbing in the Cairngorms or taking a sledge to your local park there’s a lot of fun to be had. There’s also something about the temporary nature of these activities that makes you enjoy them all the more – so make the most of winter while it lasts!
A CRACKLING FIRE
Much like a good hearty stew, few things compare to the joy of getting home from a long day on the hill and stoking up a good old fashioned fire. When it is cold and dark outside appreciate the warm orange glow from the flickering light of the fire, as you thaw out and snuggle down to watch a classic movie with a hot drink and a loved one. Ahhh that’s better.
GET YOUR KIT ON
Your best, most expensive kit has sat unloved packed up in your bag all summer long. Now is the time to get it out, and finally use it for what it was made for (and not just trips to the pub)!
Nothing justifies the cost of your equipment and clothing more when you are out in driving rain or even a blizzard and having a great time. You should be cold and wet but instead you are dry, comfortable and happy inside your little cocoon of gear, excited for the journey ahead. So be grateful for every ml of rain that falls and every degree it drops, wear that winter gear with pride.
STUNNING PHOTOGRAPHY GUARANTEED
A low winter sun can cast some of the most impressive shadows and produce an array of colours amongst the sky that couldn’t possibly be created by man even if we wanted to. In addition to this you don’t have to get up in the middle of the night to capture the magic of sunrise or sunset. It’s the best time of the year to grab your camera, get outdoors and capture the wintery wonderlands ahead of you (*just remember to keep the batteries warm).
Charlotte Fish / Cotswold Outdoor HQ
Our Web Product Copywriter Charlotte joined as a shop assistant in 2009. She has a great deal of experience hiking in the outdoors, with the Cairngorms once her regular playground; she has also travelled as far as Nepal, India, Norway and Sweden in search of the perfect winter wonderland. Her search continues.