Wellies, Watches and Winter Walks

For some, January is the time of year for getting cosy at home and relaxing in front of the fire. For many others, the brisk January weather creates the perfect atmosphere for a worthwhile and audacious trek! Whether it’s walking the dog, taking the kids out for a breath of fresh air or challenging yourself, January is as good a time as any to venture into the wild. Be prepared for anything the countryside can throw at you, with the best wellington boots on the market, each paired with a watch from James Samson. If you’re looking for somewhere to parade your new gear, then the National Trust maintains some of the best views in the country, and we’ve found a couple of gems to help you fall in love with January again.


Anyone would be stranded without a good pair of wellington boots, especially at a time of year when the ground can be rock hard with ice one day, and muddy with rain the next. To keep you ploughing through the countryside this winter we’ve found some of the best quality wellington boots in the market, most essentially both practical and stylish.


For ladies who want to step out in style, Joules Living the Good Life has a fantastic range of wellies and raincoats in a wide range of fun designs. This pair of Olive Horse Print wellies from Joules, are both fashion friendly and versatile.

wellington boots

A fantastic French brand for outdoor wear worth investigating is Le Chameau. If you’re looking for sturdy everyday boots which you can wear to the park and in the countryside, then the Bottes Chasseur cuir zip boots has a comfy, adjusted fit and a fine leather lining.


For watches which can brave any weather, look no further than our own selection of high-quality watches at James Samson. A simple yet effective timepiece is the Kennet Men’s Altus; the design of which is based on old aviation watches. Made from strong yet stylish materials, this watch is practical for the great outdoors and has a comfortable calf leather strap for that little bit of luxury. While it may look delicate, the Breil Liberty Chronograph Ladies Watch is beautiful yet rugged enough to withstand everyday use. Both watches are the perfect companion to the bar after jogging or walking outdoors.



Now that you’re kitted out in the finest boots and watches, where to test them out? Wallington Estate in Northumbria is an impressive family home, housing a pre-Raphaelite collection of art and antique furniture. However, just as magnificent is the grounds surrounding the stately-manor which comprises of parkland, woodland, lakes, farmland, lawns and a walled garden. Wallington is described as a ‘doggy paradise’, with many places to explore and a variety of terrain.

Wallington Estate


Down in Devon, the Coleton Fishacre route is an enjoyable walk for everyone in the family. At 1 mile and roughly 30 minutes long, it’s a great way to get the kids some exercise before evening falls. With a café and all the facilities you could need, it makes going out for an adventure easy and enjoyable. The route is also a great way to spot wildlife, from rabbits to seabirds, and features stunning views of Pudcombe Cove.

Coleton Fishacre


Clent Hills in Worcestershire offers a mystical landscape of open grassland, cool pools and woodland for yourself and your dog to run loose. This circular route features easy access paths and wide panoramas for anyone to enjoy, as well as the intriguing Four Stones. It is also a good route for birdwatchers, as the woodland is home to buzzards and other birds of prey.

Clent Hills

The National Trust takes care of footpaths and heritage sites all across the country, so wherever you live you can’t be far away from a fun day out.



Hopefully you now feel more prepared to tackle the winter weather, and to experience all that the great outdoors has to offer this time of year. So why not make that walk with your kids an expedition, your jog an adventure, or take your dog out to an exciting new habitat? See you out there!


Images © National Trust, Jules, Le Chameau, James Samson