May is National Walking Month – a solid four weeks dedicated to encouraging people all over the UK to get out and about and experience the benefits of walking, no matter their fitness level or ability.
Walking is accessible, it’s free, it’s fun and it goes a long way when it comes to improving our personal well-being. It doesn’t take much to incorporate walking into your everyday life, and yet the benefits can last a lifetime!
Here, we’re giving our top five tips for getting the most out of your walk in the forest…
1. Plan your route
It may sound obvious, but it’s always important to plan the route you will be taking, confirming the distance to rest stops, and checking out what there is to see and do in the area. Take a map, or download one of our trails we’ve picked out with some walking experts to make sure you don’t lose your way!
2. Ensure you have the right footwear and clothing
It may sound boring but sensible footwear is imperative to enjoying a walk in the forest. Suitable footwear should be comfortable, supportive and waterproof, anything else could lead to blisters, sore feet, or chance of slipping and injury.
Suitable clothing is equally important. Always check the forecast ahead of time and plan what to wear accordingly – whether that’s sun cream for when it’s warm or your waterproofs for when it’s wet!
3. Bring snacks and water
Taking plenty of snacks and water is a must. Take a selection of energy boosting foods such as nuts, protein bars, dried fruit and seeds. Eat little but often, and ensure you remain hydrated.
4. Take your time
As we rush about our daily lives, it’s easy to do the same when we’re out and about. Take your time to really feel the fresh, clean air of the countryside and soak up the beauty of your surroundings.
Equally, the forest is a place that needs to be respected. We encourage you to get outside and explore, but also make sure you look after it and ensure the surrounding areas and its inhabitants are preserved for future generations.
5. Don’t forget to take pictures
Make sure to bring along your camera or smart phone and capture as many photographs as you can. Perhaps even bring along a portable power bank to keep your equipment fully charged. We’re always on the lookout for some good shots, so be sure to send them to us at @campingintheforest!
National Walking Month helps to highlight the delights that can be found in wandering around the most stunning spaces Britain has to offer. And with so many idyllic country spots on the doorstep of our campsites, you and your family can enjoy days out that you’ll never forget this spring.
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