As the days continue to shorten, Forestry England invites visitors to Mamhead to take a mindful walk through the woodland this autumn to take care of their physical and mental health with a new wellbeing trail. The self-led trail winds through the trees, encouraging visitors to pause, unplug, and mindfully reconnect with nature as they walk.
The sensitively designed trail has themed panels winding through the trees inviting visitors to slow down, notice, and absorb the beautiful woodland landscape as they walk.
With scientific evidence showing positive effects on physical and mental health of being amongst trees, Forestry England’s trail encourages everyone to take time to relax and experience the restorative benefits of the forest.
A forest wellbeing journal accompanies the trail, enhancing visitors’ wellbeing experience. Beautifully designed, with space for individual reflections, the journal offers ideas for mindful activities to try out in the forest and at home. Visitors can get a copy at nearby Haldon Forest Park (10am-4pm daily) or download it from the Forestry England website before a visit.
Forestry England ranger, Jon Waller, said: “We’re delighted to offer this wellbeing experience to our visitors. As autumn colours begin to show, it’s the perfect season for a mindful walk. We know how much benefit people feel taking time for themselves to relax and experience the restorative effects of the forest. This trail provides simple prompts to help people get the most from their walk.
“The wellbeing journal is a wonderful way to continue noticing with all our senses the incredible sights, sounds and restful benefits that nature offers us. We look forward to welcoming people to visit the trail. Each season will offer a new perspective on the wonderful landscape at Mamhead.”
Mamhead is part of Haldon Forest, 15 minutes from Exeter and Newton Abbot. Find out more https://www.forestryengland.uk/mamhead/wellbeing-trail-mamhead
Mamhead is one of 20 wellbeing trails Forestry England provides across the country, giving visitors a chance to restore and enjoy a mindful walk to connect with the beautiful woodland landscape.
As well as the physical wellbeing trail, Forestry England has created a hub of virtual forest experiences, allowing people to enjoy the peace or tranquillity of the forest whenever they need to – www.forestryengland.uk/wellbeing.
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