If you go down to the woods today… we might not have bears and dragons in the humble forests of Britain, but there’s plenty of reasons to get outdoors and explore the woodlands that span across the UK. Forests are a fantastic destination for campers, brimming with things to see and do.
Not convinced? Here are 5 reasons to fall in love with the forest this summer…
As we rush about our daily lives, it’s easy to lose sight of how bad towns and cities can be for our wellbeing. Pollution may not make itself known on a day-to-day basis, but it’s only when you escape the city and feel the fresh, clean air of the countryside in your lungs that you realise how much your body has been craving it.
Trees pump oxygen into our air, and cleanse it of the carbon dioxide that concentrates in more populated areas of the country. So breathe it in and enjoy the unspoiled air of the forest.
Spying on squirrels, following ant trails and glimpsing birds swooping overhead shouldn’t be reserved to Sunday night TV viewing. On a visit to the forest, you can explore mother nature from the comfort of your tent, to teach the children (and you!) about some of the creatures and critters that call our forests home.
Insects and animals not your thing? Look up at the skies and marvel at the majesty of the ancient trees spanning high above you. The forests in England, Wales and Scotland are rich in history; Savernake Forest is home to the Big Belly Oak, thought to be the oldest oak tree in England at approximately 1,000 years old.
If you like your camping trips to be jam-packed with activity, look no further than the forest for things to do. From hiking and biking to Go Ape tree top adventures in the Forest of Dean, there’s no better way to enjoy the Great British summer than whizzing or weaving through the trees.
After a long day exploring the woods, nothing beats tucking into homemade treats around the camping stove. If you’re feeling adventurous, you could even pick up dinner on your travels! Bring a foraging book and look around for mushrooms, herbs, berries and more, to enjoy freshly picked goods galore as you tuck into dinner on a night.
NB: Please be aware that some species of wild mushroom and berry can be poisonous.
The UK is scattered with luscious green forests just waiting to be discovered by adults and children alike. Whether you’re a sports enthusiast or you have the next David Attenborough on your hands, the woods have something for everyone in your family to enjoy.
Start planning the perfect camping escape today. Find your ideal campsite and you’ll be pitching up amidst the trees in no time.
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