Ok, I feel like we are nearly, *just* almost ready for the whisperings of autumn and jackets and knits and all the rest. If like me, you are an autumn lover and are already dreaming of cosy nights, log fires and falling leaves then you won’t mind me having a little chat about raincoats and a bit of autumn-esque style.
Since moving down near the Dorset coast, I’ve enjoyed SO many trips to the different areas, beaches and towns along the Jurassic coast in particular. If you haven’t heard of the Jurassic Coast (like me before I moved here just under a year ago!) then in short ; it’s an absolutely stunning piece of coastline, running 95 miles along the southern coast of England across the counties of both Devon and Dorset. The landscape is incredibly stunning and diverse and also holds such geological importance, that in 2001 it was named a World Heritage Site.
I’ll be honest, I’m not a fan of crowds and busy places, so we tend to visit in more off-peak times and not so much in high summer and school holidays (have you SEEN how busy Durdle Door actually is behind the serene Instagram shots?!) so I would rather much don my wellies and raincoat and get down there in the autumn through til Spring. In off-peak months it’s easier to park, the cafes aren’t rammed, the drive to the coast isn’t as slow, doughnut que’s not so staggering and actually it’s nicer to walk when it’s a bit cooler.
The lovely team over at Lighthouse clothing heard of my love of the coast and sent me their new season Rathlin Jacket which is a really nice, lightweight, waterproof and windproof jacket. Great for this time of the year and coming into cooler months (& rainier!) as it’s not really thick so it’s easy to sling over layers and fold up into my backpack.
The Raitlin style is inspired by the classic trench coat (I chose it because it is long and covers my mum ‘bits’), so it looks great one, and it feels very luxe with with it’s cotton blend lining, and genuinely is something I wear day-to-day just as my coat. It comes in sizes UK 8-20 and I sized up x1 as I do with most of my coats to ensure lots of room for layering and easy zipping over bags.
I will not lie, the thought of me harping on about a rain jacket and walking 5 years ago would have made me cackle, but here I am, living my best country life, and enjoying rambles in the country on my weekends. How live has curve-balled and I couldn’t be happier.
If you do a lot of day trips, walking and generally like being outdoors then I would definitely suggest looking into getting National Trust membership as we are now on our second year with it and not only gives you free access to lots of houses, gardens and parks, but free parking in these areas too!
I will be writing more posts on my new area and in particular a little guide to the stunning Jurassic coast and a few Dorset areas to go and visit as I think it’s often overlooked by Devon and Cornwall but it’s honestly such a beautiful county and area to come and staycation.
These photos were taken at one of my favourite walking spots, along Chesil beach near the coastal town of Burton Bradstock.
Do check out the Lighthouse Clothing website for any outdoorsy type clothing and inspiration and let me know your favourite UK coastal spots to visit : have you been to Dorset yet?
* post in collaboration with Lighthouse clothing