Welly Walks with The Ordinary Lovely & Mini Travellers

30th January 2017

The lovely family and lifestyle bloggers Rachel behind The Ordinary Lovely and Karen editor of Mini Travellers shows us how their families stay warm on cold morning beach walks.

children exploring beach in joules outerwear

Come rain or come shine, come frost or come fog, when you have five children aged from four to six between you, get-togethers mostly take place outdoors. Few days are too cold for outdoor adventures with only the fiercest of downpours and the strongest of winds keeping us indoors, noses pressed against the window waiting for the elements to subside.

children wearing printed kids wellies and rainwear with bobble hats on beach

West Kirby Beach

Living in North Wales (Rachel) and on the Wirral (Karen), we’re so incredibly lucky to have so many amazing places to meet up and let our children run free and explore. With the coast on one side and the Welsh hills on the other, we could head in any which direction and end up somewhere beautiful.

We both agree though that one of our favourite places, and somewhere the children love to spend their weekends, is West Kirby Beach. Small but beautiful with views over to Wales (if you squint you can see over to Prestatyn, the beginning/end of the Offa’s Dyke Path National Trail), it’s perfect for family walks and games. Frisbee, anyone?

women in navy padded coat and spotted wellies playing frisbee on beach

Wrap up warm for the beach

Providing you all wrap up warm (it’s all about the layers!), there’s absolutely no reason why beach visits should be limited to the summer. In fact, there’s nothing nicer than a walk – or breakfast – on the beach with few people around.

Pack a hamper full of pastries and a flask or two of hot chocolate, zip up those coats, pop on a bobble hat, call some friends and head out on a cold but bright Sunday morning. Some might call it bracing, but we say ‘go for it!’

family wearing joules warm welcome collection with bobble hats and coats drinking and eating picnic

Functional and Fashionable Outerwear

We both love Joules for the practical but great-looking clothing; proof that the two can go hand in hand and not at the expense of one another. We want to be warm and snug but we also want to look good, too. And it’s the same for our children, although they have the extra need of being able to move around easily and to run really, really fast – to catch the Frisbee and to get to the picnic hamper first!

joules printed wellies modeled by chidlren running around on beach

Of course, wellies are an absolute essential for winter walks on the beach. The sun might shine but that water? Freezing! And the children? Yes, they still want to paddle. Of course, they do!

girls printed horse wellies and rainwear

With eye-catching designs and gorgeous colours, all five love pulling on their Joules wellies. Flowers, carousel horses and friendly dinosaurs on skateboards, these are the coolest wellies for the most adventurous of children. And for the mums? Well, we opted for slightly plainer versions but equally as fun for splashing about in.

Fancy a welly walk on the beach come rain or shine? Here are The Ordinary Lovely and Mini Travellers top five tips:

joules wellies and bobble hat worn on a child on beach

1. Like we said earlier, it’s all about the layers. Even if the sun is shining, it can still be cold, especially as you’re right by the sea with nothing to break the wind. Wrap up warm!

2. Take spare clothes, particularly if you have children who are drawn to the water. On almost every visit, a wave will unexpectedly crash and drench everyone. Pack a towel and an extra pair of socks and trousers for your little ones.

3. When you’re four, five and six and spend your days running around in the fresh air, you need the odd snack or two to keep those energy levels high. Pack a picnic or pop some fruit pouches and rice cakes in your bag.

4. Beaches are wonderful for walking along and the sea is brilliant for paddling in, but to make a morning or a day of it, take some games along too. It could be a bucket and spade, a ball, a frisbee or a fishing net. They’re all light in weight and not too difficult to carry.

5. Do a little research beforehand. Rest stops and ice cream stops. It wouldn’t be a day out without needing both!

Will you be heading to the seaside soon?


  • Jean Phillips

    02.02.2017 at 13:29 Reply

    This is a brilliant post, so natural. The colours are so bright and cheerful too.

  • Jess Soothill

    02.02.2017 at 14:40 Reply

    Stunning photographs and I adore all the clothes! Love it 🙂 Jess xx

  • Katy (What Katy Said)

    03.02.2017 at 16:13 Reply

    Definitely all about the layers! Great tips ladies! Gorgeous photos too!

  • Katie Haydock

    03.02.2017 at 21:43 Reply

    Gorgeous style ideas for the kids here – and a great idea for a day out! xXx

  • Clare - My Tunbridge Wells

    08.02.2017 at 21:14 Reply

    Love love love all of these pieces but especially the women’s wellies. Think it might be time to me to upgrade 😉

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