Walking for Wellbeing


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The contents of this blog is on personal experience. Please refer to the staying safe outside your home government guidance for information on keeping your distance and other principles related to safety outside.

My son and I have been going out walking more for our mental health, then keeping physically active after this reason. We have expanded our walking routes and locations, to include new places where we haven’t been to before. It has been a gradual process, but we have now gained a new love for walking.

For interest in walking for wellbeing, and walking outdoors, here is a useful link over on the NHS website to walking for health.

Here are a few places where we have been walking outdoors:

Teardrop Lakes.

Walking for Wellbeing at Teardrop Lakes.

Located in Milton Keynes, Teardrop Lakes which is managed by The Parks Trust, provided us with ample space to walk. On their website under the disabled access heading, it states that there are good-surfaced paths around the lake.

There was information on entry with a welcoming sign that also had information about staying safe at the parks.

We were happy with the location as there was plenty to see, including stepping-stones across the lake, reed beds and wildlife.

The Tree Cathedral.

Tree Cathedral
The Tree Cathedral .

One more outdoor area managed by The Parks Trust and located in Milton Keynes, The Tree Cathedral has an impressive landscape design, including bush arches, a variety of trees and easy to follow pathways.

There was an element of calmness while we were exploring the different areas as we walked along.

I felt that there were areas of opened space and also areas that provided shade. Overall, it was a pleasant experience for us to go for a relaxing walk.   

Whipsnade Tree Cathedral.

Whipsnade Tree Cathedral
Whipsnade Tree Cathedral.

Located in Whipsnade, Bedfordshire (near to Whipsnade Zoo), Whipsnade Tree Cathedral is part of The National Trust. The car park onsite is small, so there is limited space to park.

It was a pleasing experience walking around and admiring the view.

My son liked looking at the unique features of the benches, in particular.

The map at Whipsnade Tree Cathedral provided us with a guide to the trees around the cathedral, including Norwegian spruce in the Christian Chapel area, and Cherry trees in the Easter chapel.

At one point, my son stopped to raise his cap, and I was initially confused as to why. I then realised that he noticed that the diamond symbol on his cap matched the logo on the hand-carved wooden post.

So that was a little insight into our walking experience so far.

We shall continue walking (weather permitted) and hopefully find a few secret walking trails along the way.

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