This is a snapshot of North Devon in March taken by professional photographer Rosie Wade on her phone. It makes you feel wet just looking at it, but the damp atmosphere seems to bring out the rich red tones of the brickwork. I’m not arguing in favour of rainy weather tourism, but if you visit anywhere in the British Isles at any time you better pack a mac. Don’t let rain be the reason for not doing what you want to do.
Do it anyway.
In fact, some of the most memorable days of childhood may come from the wet days. My sons remember with great affection clambering about on a deserted Cornish beach in the rain and none of us will ever forget the wet Sunday afternoon spent in Normandy when we took refuge in the Camembert Museum.
There’s no such thing as bad weather, only unsuitable clothing, said Alfred Wainwright the famous guidebook author and illustrator. He was an authority on fell walking in the Lake District and in the 1970s worked out his own 192 mile Coast to Coast route from the Irish Sea in the west to the North Sea on the east coast. And if you’re going to embark on a trek like that – which Wainwright thought should take 12 days – you know at some point you’re going to get wet before you even think about taking a dip in the sea. It has since become the most popular long-distance footpath in the UK, but more surprisingly in 2004, the walk was named as the second-best walk in the world according to a survey of experts. It even beat the Inca Trail.
You can see more of Rosie’s photographs HERE