Journal

TAKE ME TO: UKIYO

TAKE ME TO: UKIYO

Our virtual tour of inspiring waterside escapes that also house the land&water collection has so far seen us sleeping amongst sand dunes, unearthing serenity in the Staffordshire countryside and paddling across the Cumbrian lakes. This week, we finish up on the UK’s most southerly peninsula, The Lizard, at the stunning Ukiyo – a contemporary bolthole that seamlessly blends minimalist design with a spectacular ocean setting…

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James Bowden underwater swimming shot for land&water

PHOTOGRAPHER PROFILE: JAMES BOWDEN

Photographer, surfer and lover of adventure, James Bowden lives and breathes what he shoots – and brings us along for the journey. Natural and easy yet full of wonder, we're proud that James' photographs have captured the land&water lifestyle since the very beginning. He shares some of his favourite shots – and the secret to lasting it out in freezing water...

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Photograph of bright, art-deco inspired, full floor to ceiling tiled tourquoise bathroom with silver freestanding bathtub.

TAKE ME TO: THREE MILE BEACH

Dune lounging. Whitewater wave hopping. Sunset hot tub soaking. Discover an idyllic spot in the wilds of west Cornwall, where doing nothing and everything exists together in easy harmony...

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TAKE ME TO: THE TAWNY

TAKE ME TO: THE TAWNY

Sink into a freestanding spa bath, watch ripples drift across the surface of the lake and listen for birds in the tree canopy above... Welcome to The Tawny, where the threshold between land and water is dreamily blurred.

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TAKE ME TO: ANOTHER PLACE

TAKE ME TO: ANOTHER PLACE

Dawn rising, mist on the water. The scent of dubbined boots, dewy moss and mountain air. What’s it to be? An energetic climb to the summit or a gentle paddle across the silent surface? Welcome to Another Place, The Lake… This month we’re introducing you to some land&water friends and hosts in very special ‘leaping off’ locations across the UK.

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Meet some of our team

Meet some of our team

Ever wondered who makes land&water tick each day? Our founder Pix seizes the opportunity on International Women's Day 2022 to salute a handful of the wonderful women in the land&water team – and catch a glimpse into their lives.

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Walk, talk and swim with Pix Ashworth

Walk, talk and swim with Pix Ashworth

Join land&water founder Pix for a beach and clifftop walk at Cornwall’s Watergate Bay as she talks about her relationship with this elemental landscape – and how it inspired our natural bath & body products. There’s even some vicarious invigoration, watching Pix run into the the sea on a chilly February day (brrrr!)

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WARM GLOW: A portrait series by Danny North

WARM GLOW: A portrait series by Danny North

Exploring the idea of that warm glow we feel after time outside, we're excited to present our online exhibition by award-winning portrait photographer Danny North. His portraits of people in their favourite places – from the River Dart to the Lake District, Crantock beach to South Croydon woods – are truly captivating.

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ROAD TRIP: HIBANA AT WATERGATE BAY

ROAD TRIP: HIBANA AT WATERGATE BAY

A couple of months ago, Hibana – a new retail platform that celebrates the stories behind Britain’s most inspiring independent brands – stopped by Watergate Bay on their road trip around the UK. 

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VISUAL DIARY: From botany to bottle

VISUAL DIARY: From botany to bottle

Join us on a journey from botany to bottle, flower to fragrance, with an immersive new visual diary documenting the creative process behind our all-natural bath & body products.

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LOUD & QUIET: Kris Hallenga

LOUD & QUIET: Kris Hallenga

In 2009, 23-year-old Kris Hallenga was travelling the world, falling in love and making plans. Then she found a lump – and was told that she had incurable breast cancer.

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REFLECTIONS: Sarah Gerrish

REFLECTIONS: Sarah Gerrish

From watching the sunrise atop the fells to the bonding power of communal cold-water swims, founder of Wonderful Wild Women (a Lake District collective that inspires and celebrates women from all walks of life in outdoor adventures), Sarah Gerrish, tells us what spending time in the wild means to her and the WWW community.

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REFLECTIONS: GAIL MULLER

REFLECTIONS: GAIL MULLER

For over 15 years, chronic pain controlled Gail Muller’s life. But adventure has always fired her soul, and in 2019, Gail left behind everything she knew and set off on a 2,200-mile trek along the Appalachian Trail.

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Coorie with Field and Nest

Coorie with Field and Nest

Emma Lavelle (aka Field and Nest) is a writer, photographer and content creator living in the wilds of West Yorkshire, with an interest in simple living, slow travel and sustainable style. She headed to the hills for a blissful day exploring the Scottish concept of coorie – and the warm glow at the day's close...

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NATURAL THINKING / 05

NATURAL THINKING / 05

In a bumper new edition of our Natural Thinking playlist, we’re shaking off the weight of winter and basking in the joys of spring. From immersive films of the UK’s wild places to sweet folk sounds and layering up for a spring hike, join us as we dive into inspiring sights, music and musings that celebrate the season of renewal.

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NATURAL SELF-CARE

NATURAL SELF-CARE

With worries at a peak, winter to weather and any trace of novelty well and truly worn-out, our resilience reserves are running low. All the more reason to prioritise simple acts of self-care, says land&water founder Pix Ashworth. From inspiring reads to ambient sounds and evocative scents, she shares her favourite calming rituals.

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REFLECTIONS: RHIANE FATINIKUN

REFLECTIONS: RHIANE FATINIKUN

After a train journey through the Peak District compelled her to take up hiking and "get out there more", Rhiane Fatinikun has been on an incredible journey. Walking far and wide, with both one friend and more than one hundred, the Black Girls Hike group she started has gained huge momentum and featured on everything from the BBC to the World Economic Forum. She talks about diversifying the countryside, why the outdoors' healing power is more important than ever, and chasing waterfalls…

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REFLECTIONS: ATHENA MELLOR

REFLECTIONS: ATHENA MELLOR

Based in the Peak District, writer, photographer, filmmaker and Ramble Guides creator Athena Mellor loves nothing more than a long hike in the hills. Better still if it’s in the middle of winter – or under the stars. She considers walking alone, eco psychology, and finding a body of water to float on her back and watch the sky...

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NATURAL HIGHLIGHTS

NATURAL HIGHLIGHTS

Scientists or writers, philosophers or filmmakers… Their approaches may vary but their consensus is clear: time in nature (even a short “dose”) does a world of good for our minds, bodies and souls. We’ve gathered some of our favourites from this year’s Natural Thinking playlists to inspire your wintery forays outside.

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REFLECTIONS: THOM HUNT

REFLECTIONS: THOM HUNT

The call of the wild, and the journey from fearing solitude to feeling empowered by it, are experiences that adventurer, hunter, forager, TV presenter and 7thRise founder Thom Hunt knows intimately. He shares his thoughts on cold water, being human, the importance of connecting with nature, and being given a second chance.

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NATURAL THINKING / 04

NATURAL THINKING / 04

Whether you’re re-discovering the value of time to yourself or relishing time spent together, the writers, artists and thinkers on our latest playlist offer uplifting company for solo moments.

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Anita Sethi – author of I Belong Here – stands by a river in the Pennines

THE COMPANY OF SOLITUDE

The author of I Belong Here (Bloomsbury, spring 2021), the first in a powerful new nature writing trilogy, Anita Sethi explores ideas of loneliness, solitude, companionship, connection and access to nature.

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REFLECTIONS: KATIE TREGGIDEN

REFLECTIONS: KATIE TREGGIDEN

From sleeping under the stars to sticking her head out of a Velux window every morning, author, journalist and design commentator Katie Treggiden tells us what nature means to her.

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‘LIQUID GOLD’: ALL ABOUT SEA BUCKTHORN

‘LIQUID GOLD’: ALL ABOUT SEA BUCKTHORN

Just as we feel invigorated by a lick of ocean breeze, rays of vitamin D and wild terrain, sea buckthorn also thrives in the elements where land meets sea. From shiny horses, to astronauts, to the perfect gin and tonic, we discover more about this ‘holy fruit’ and wonder berry…

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