6 reasons to visit Dorset in January
1. Better photos
In my article on how to take better photos LINK, we talk about the quality of early morning and evening light, the famous ‘golden hour’. In the summer due to the extended hours of daylight, this magical hour for perfect photos often happens before an attraction has opened or after it has closed. This can be particularly frustrating if you are seeking a perfect photo of a castle or Manor House.
During the winter months however this becomes less of an issue. With the rise of the sun much later and the setting much earlier, the period of the golden hour is much more available. It also means, if, like me, you enjoy a weekend lie in, you can still capture some beautiful photos without having to drag your weary arse out of bed at 4.30am!
These photos were taken in the winter at 9am.
2. No crowds
As wonderful as the warm summer days are, with them come the crowds of tourists. If you are looking to take beautiful photos without another soul in your photo, then winter is your friend. Even on bright days many of the attractions are quieter, if you want near solitude, get there just as they are opening, and you are likely to have the place much to yourself. This is particularly true if you can visit during the week and out of school holidays. There is something so pleasant about wandering a site or walk without seeing another human being. Just you, the scenery and natures creatures. It is also simpler for you to control the environment. Taking photos of little animals and birds is much more achievable when there aren’t loud noises and big crowds.
3. Wrap up Warm
I am the first to bear my flesh when the sun comes out, I adore the feeling of warm rays of sunshine on my skin. However, there is something to be said for wrapping up warm and enjoying fresh
brisk walks. Those layers of fabric can also cover up a multitude of sins, we all look fat in the winter outside and wrapped up, whether we are or not. So why not cover up the Christmas over eating in layers of gorgeous warm and comfortable clothes. It’s a perfect opportunity to wear cashmere jumpers, down filled jackets and mohair socks and still look utterly fabulous darling!
4. Drink hot drinks
There is nothing nicer than a warm hot chocolate topped with cream and melting marshmallows after a fresh and cold morning out. There is also a sinless enjoyment knowing that you have ‘earned it’ with the walking. And it would be rude not to add a sumptuous piece of cake wouldn’t it?
5. Perfect Sunrises
For many of us, during the summer months we simply don’t get to see sunrises, and yet there is something magical about the day dawning. Mixed into that you have the sun rising on a cold winter night, so you are rewarded with glittering frost covered landscapes and mist covered fields. These delightful scenes are only available in the winter months and as mentioned earlier, they are also available at a reasonable hour. So enjoy that snuggle in bed, set yourself up with a hot coffee and a warm crumpet with melting butter. Tug on your walking boots and get out as the first rays hit the landscape.
6. It’s good for the soul
Most of us hole up during the cold winter months. There are days when the sky never seems to get light and the rain never seems to stop falling. It is natural then for us to want to curl up in front of a log fire and forget about outside. However, fresh air and walks are good for your mental health, even a few hours in daylight can lift your mood. Find a particularly fine sunny day and make an effort to go outside, you will feel so much better and be glad that you did.