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What to take on an autumn walk

It's no secret that I'm a great lover of autumn.  One of my favourite things to do this time of year is get out into the forest for a long walk - there's nothing like being out in the middle of nowhere, tramping leaves and acorns under wellies, listening to the birds singing in the trees and creatures scurrying about in the undergrowth, knowing there's a pub with a roaring log fire waiting for you at the end of the walk.  Tom and I try and explore Great Britain as much as possible; much as I love a beach holiday there are so many amazing places to visit in this country and I really feel that there's no time it's quite as beautiful as in the autumn.

Being something of a seasoned autumn adventurer I thought I'd bring you my list of things to pack or prepare for the perfect autumn walk.  

what to take on an autumn walk

Of course no autumn walk would be complete without a pair of good quality wellies.  I always try and buy my wellies from an outdoor shop so I can check out a few different brands and try them on.  Over the last couple of years I've stayed loyal to Hunters - these colourblock Hunters were kindly sent to me by Blacks (£95*).  They will definitely be accompanying me on all of my walks over the next few months (my old Hunters have now been relegated to the back of the cupboard!)

If you're looking for some walking inspiration I'd highly recommend searching around the web or picking up a book like the 100 Greatest Walks in Britain.  Once you've found an area or a walk you like the sound of you could also pick up an Ordnance Survey map just to make sure you don't get lost.  A friend of mine always 'drops a pin' on Google Maps on his phone at the car park before he starts a walk so he knows he can always find his way back.  It goes without saying that you should always take a mobile phone in case you do get lost or need help.

Winter layers are a must - I've lost count of the times Tom has told me to wear something warmer and I've brazenly gone out in just a cardigan or a light jacket only to regret it about ten minutes into the walk.  Finding a good waterproof coat is also a worthwhile investment; you might not be able to snap any outfit posts whilst you're out but you'll be thankful for it if it starts to tip it down! I always wear, or pack, my trusty Neff hat and a scarf just in case it gets really chilly.

I also highly recommend packing something hot and delicious in a Thermos - particularly if it's my current hot drink of choice, 'Peanut Hottie' from Sainsbury's.  I make it with hazelnut soy milk and it's a bit of a treat! There really is nothing better than pausing a walk to sit on a bench and slurp something warm.  I usually pack some snacks in my backpack (poet and I know it) in case the walks takes a little longer - I'm addicted to Frank bars at the moment and bought two big boxes last month so there's usually some of these kicking around in my bag!

Of course I always take a camera with me to snap all of the wonderful sights the forest offers up this time of year.  It's a great way to practice your photography to take your camera out for the day and capture all the little details and beautiful views that catch your eye.  I love using a macro lens, or the macro setting on my camera to get some close-ups of leaves, pinecones, berries, cobwebs and all sorts; the light is often absolutely perfect for photography on those crisp autumn mornings or late afternoons.

walking signs

Of course the most important preparation is to make sure there's a great country pub at the end of your walk to warm up and fill up on some good grub.  No Sunday walk is complete without a roaring log fire and a good ol' roast dinner to finish it off.

multicoloured hunter wellies

What are your autumn walk essentials?

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18 comments

  1. I love this post rosie I hope one day you do a post on how you get such nice pictures xx

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  2. AWhhh I wish I lived near the forest! Out of interest what waterproof jacket do you use? xx

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    1. I have got another post on that coming soon Sophie :)

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  3. I didn't use to be a very outdoorsy person, but I love my walks now and I totally agree they're better with a pub at the end

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  4. Love those Hunters :) I'd definitely take some mittens, ear muffs and a couple of our doggies :)
    Rosie x | Every Word Handwritten

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  5. Lovely post - we love autumn walks and this makes me want to dig my wellies on right now and head out!

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  6. Mate, you've made me google "Walks in Nottinghamshire" and I'm planning a day trip to Robin Hood Country now thanks to you! :D You really can't beat a good walk, getting a lung full of fresh air :) <3 Claire @ Jazzpad

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  7. Hunters are perfect for short walks but if I'm going on a hike I have to wear my walking shoes! Energy bars, water and knit accessorises are always on my packing list. :)

    Tara xo

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    1. Ooh yes that's a good point Tara, I do take my walking boots if it's going to be a long walk, they are more comfy than Hunters for anything over a few miles :) xo

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  8. Those hunters are gorgeous! X

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  9. A gorgeous post Rosie! We're a huge fan of long walks and love venturing off to explore the countryside at this time of year. One of my favourite activities in the lead up to Christmas is to go foraging for lichen-covered twigs and pretty pine cones to festoon the house with. I love baking some flapjack to take with us on walks as it transports well and the sweetness is a brilliant energy boost! x

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  10. I do love Hunters. I can't justify buying a pair though. I have a really pretty pair of Jules ones. Like Tara says though I have to wear a comfy pair of walking shoes if we're going for a long hike :)

    Jenny | sunny sweet pea xx

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  11. I pop to the library to pick up walking books, they always have loads and I borrow maps from the library. Super handy. I think you're right about layers, I'm on the lookout for a nice jumper and warm trousers or durable leggings for walks. I just got myself a nice pair of walking boots too. Can't wait to head to the Brecon Beacons this winter xx

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    1. That's such a good idea about the library, I hadn't thought of that! Thanks for that tip :) Walking boots are so good for longer walks, I have some from Decathlon that were quite cheap but they really do the job! The Brecon Beacons are so beautiful, perfect for winter walks! xo

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  12. that drink sounds amazing, and I love hazelnut and almond milk too. Currently waiting to receive my first pair of Hunters, they will definitely be coming on some autumn/winter walks with me!x

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  13. That drink sounds delicious, you can't beat a crisp walk with a hot drink at the end!

    Maria xxx

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  14. Wooly hat, waterproof jacket, decent boots and some thermals. Sorted.

    Buckets & Spades

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