"A walk in the woods is never time wasted"
There are many positive benefits that occur when taking a walk in the woods. As well as breathing in fresh air, you will be breathing in Phytoncides - an enthyzm released by the leaves from trees.
Phytoncides help to increase natural killer cell productivity in the body, so in other words, a walk in the woods will assist in boosting the natural immune system.
A walk in the woods will help keep you fitter, healthier and happier. It will allow the mind to be still and reconnect with nature.
It's good to get away from the pressures of stress of city life.
Whether you venture out on your own for some peace or whether you're out and about with family or friends.
A walk in the woods is never time wasted.
10 TIPS FOR WALKING IN THE WOODS
1. Make sure you dress prepared for the outdoors. Bring a good pair of walking shoes, boots or wellies. Pack a waterproof jacket, British weather is unpredictable.
2. Take some water with you, enough for the duration of the walk. If you have a high metabolism, pack some fruit, trail mix or snacks to keep you going. Make sure you take all litter home with you.
3. If you are going on a long walk, don't rely on a mobile phone for directions, as many woodlands do not have signal.
Take a map, a compass and plan the route before you set off.
4. Make sure you tell someone (family or friend) where you are going and when you plan on returning. Just in case you get lost.
5. For longer walks, take a basic first aid kit with you (plasters, blister plasters, anti-septic wipes or cream, anti-histamine and sun cream)
6. If you end up walking through a field of cattle, walk quietly and calmly. Stay away from the herd and make sure to close any gates behind you when required.
7. If you walk at night time. You can chose to wear reflective clothing, take a torch and some spare batteries.
8. Many woods have marked paths and routes to follow, stay on the paths to avoid damaging plant life or important wildlife habitats.
There are many privately owned woodlands around, so make sure there is public access before you begin.
9. If you take a dog along, make sure it's on a lead if there are any signs that indicate to do so. If you pass wildlife (nesting birds or cattle) take care. Bring doggie poo bags with you. Do not leave behind filled doggie poo bags please, especially hung up in trees.