The ‘first foot’ tradition goes back centuries throughout Scotland and northern Britain. Originally, it was claimed that a tall, dark haired stranger entering your house after the first stroke of midnight on January 1st (usually armed with coal, a coin, bread, salt, and a drink of some description) would bring you and your household luck for the year ahead.
This year, Berghaus decided to add an adventurous twist to this and perhaps start a new tradition in the process! Instead of giving the title to the first person entering your home, they decided that in 2018, we should make our first-foot the person we first GetOutside with.
I love a new year’s day walk. It’s a chance to clear the cobwebs from Christmas and start a new year on the right foot, as it were.
And so, along with my mum and stepdad, I headed down to Portland Bill in Dorset for a walk along the coast path!
I love Portland, and if you’ve not been then it should definitely be on your list. The last time I was close to the Bill, I was sailing past, so it was great to get out for another walk, and we aimed for around 5 miles. You only get one ‘first foot’ a year so it had to count towards the annual mileage!
The lighthouse is your typical red and white striped one, the one we all drew as children! There have been lighthouses on Portland since the Roman times, due to the shallow reef and the tidal race, which was super choppy on the day we were there thanks to the inbound Storm Eleanor.
I’ve been using and wearing Berghaus kit since I was about 16/17 and my previous jacket is still as good as new. It’s been everywhere with me, from Snowdon to Mt Kilimanjaro. I find it to be great, solid and reliable kit and it’s never once let me down.In fact, my stepdad still ski’s in a Berghaus jacket he got a long, long time ago and that’s going strong too, so
I’m looking forward to taking my new Ridgemaster jacket out and about on some more outdoor adventures in 2018!
If you haven’t already, then get sharing your New Year’s Day walk photos using #BerghausFirstFoot
I definitely feel that I got the year off to a good start as I have so many outdoor adventures lined up!
I think I’ve found a new tradition…
Let me know in the comments below!