There is overwhelming evidence now regarding the benefits of being in the outdoors and engaging with nature and beautiful landscapes, as well as with connecting with people.
According to The MindShift Foundation’s Clinical Psychologist Dr Lars Madsen, “The mental health benefits of going for a good walk are wide-ranging. These benefits, combined with walking in a group, are an effective tool for promoting emotional wellbeing as it encourages interaction, social engagement as well as physical activity. Walking is… an accessible form of exercise, and combined with nature and a group setting, it is a very powerful, under-utilised stress buster.”
We are delighted to bring you the opportunity to do a wellbeing walk, through beautiful countryside in Northamptonshire or Cambridgeshire. Prior to the course you will be sent some information to get you thinking about your own wellbeing as well as information on the walk. On meeting your guide for the day, there will be a chance to chat about some of the key aspects of wellbeing and how to apply positive self care techniques and general lifestyle changes to enhance wellbeing and help improve or maintain good mental health. We will then all enjoy a beautiful walk together covering between 11-12km through countryside with streams, ponds, trees, fields and hopefully some birds to see and hear. During the walk (weather permitting!) there will be time to stop and immerse ourselves by listening, feeling and seeing. A lovely café stop either at the end or midway will also give further opportunities to discuss, reflect and chat.
We will also offer an opportunity to meet up at a later date for a 1:1 chat at a local café as a follow-up to the day.
You will need comfortable walking shoes or boots and clothing, a waterproof jacket, a small rucksack with drinks and a packed lunch plus some money for the café.
Minimum number for the day to run: 5
Cost: £35 per person plus VAT (£42).
Book onto one of the Open Wellbeing Walks below as an individual, or if you have a group of 6 or more contact us to arrange a day just for you.
Your guide in Northamptonshire is Emma who has 20 years experience of teaching in secondary schools, is a qualified mountain leader and a mental health first aider.
Your guide in Cambridgeshire is Em who is an International Mountain Leader, Accredited Practitioner for the Institute of Outdoor learning, NLP practitioner and mental health first aider.