What a year it’s been, Covid has made us rethink everything and completely changed the way with live our lives. However, a few positives have come from the situation, one it has made us rethink our relationship with nature and two it has forced more people to explore the UK and its beauty spots.
We really do live in a beautiful country so it’s great that more and more people are starting to appreciate what the UK has to offer.
As well as being a lot of fun and providing numerous physical health benefits, spending time in nature also has proven mental health benefits, which is important in these crazy times.
Research has proven that taking at least 20 minutes out of your day to spend time in contact with nature will significantly lower your stress hormone levels*. So imagine what a whole day in the great outdoors will do.
Here’s 6 activities in nature to try this autumn and winter:
Kayaking without a boat, surfing without a board, bungee jumping without a bungee! Essentially, Coasteering is everything your parents told you not to do at the beach as a child, but under the watchful eye of an experienced (if a little bonkers) guide. For the best spots head to Horwick in Nothumberland
The best activity for those who’d like to see the countryside from a different perspective. The Yorkshire Dales and surrounding areas have some of the best Paragliding sites in the UK. The rolling hills and open moors provide gentle slopes and unobstructed landscapes for teaching beginners, while long ridges and beautiful countryside provide the perfect setting for soaring and cross country flight.
3. Sea Kayaking
Not only is it a great form of exercise, sea kayaking also gives you the opportunity to explore the beautiful British coastline and secret coves and bays. There are thousands of great spots but The Helford River estuary between the western edge of Falmouth Bay and eastern side of the Lizard peninsula is a particularly brilliant location. It’s renowned for its scenic beauty and marine ecology and its tranquil surroundings on calm waters make it an excellent spot for kayaking!
4. Wild Camping
Camping is great, but to get the most out of the experience you want to be in a remote area away from the rest of the world, which is difficult in traditional camp sites. Wild camping is actually illegal in most parts of the UK but The Nearly Wild Camping Club is a growing network of locations willing to host campers who are looking for a wilder, secluded or quieter camping experience. It brings together ambassadors for the countryside, its rich heritage and wildlife, with those seeking to explore and learn through informal fun.
5. England Coast to Coast
Finally, for those looking for a real challenge try the Coast to Coast Walk. It’s a 192-mile, two-week route from St Bees Head in Cumbria to Robin Hood’s Bay on Yorkshire’s east coast. It passes through the Lake District, the Yorkshire Dales and the North York Moors and delivers varied and beautiful landscapes. A perfect way for those with time on their hands to explore a large and stunning part of the country.