During autumn there’s little more relaxing and reviving than taking a walk through your local forest or activity trail.
Autumn walks are a feast for the senses, and you’re sure to love the sights, sounds and scents of the woods or the coast.
In fact, this year we may be treated to a more vibrant display than usual, with bursts of colour from trees lasting well into November.
According to experts, the recent soggy summer has helped trees form sugars in their leaves which create their dazzling gold and fiery red tones.
Look out this month for the changing colour of maples, as well as later displays from beeches and oaks into next month.
Taking a couple of hours out in the wild has lots of other benefits too, from giving the whole family some fun, exercise and time together, to spotting wildlife and learning about nature.
If you’re not sure where to go, take a look at the top 10 autumn walks recommended by the Forestry Commission as part of its ‘Feel Good Autumn’ campaign. You can also find nearly 300 forests to explore in Scotland.
The organisation says that taking a stroll can do wonders for your wellbeing. There’s even a movement towards practicing mindfulness in the forest, which is all about unplugging from technology and giving your attention to your body and your surroundings.
Of course, getting back to nature isn’t for everyone, but even if the idea of traipsing around the woods in your mac and wellies fills you with dread, there are plenty of ways to make it enjoyable.
With well-tended bridleways and footpaths, you needn’t get mucky and dirty. Plus, do your research right and you can plan a delicious lunch at a local cafe or pub along your route.
If you want to bring a bit of nature home with you for some autumn crafts, head over to our blog on ‘Getting crafty with the kids this autumn’.