TV presenter Kate Humble and The Forestry of England have created a list of top 10 walks for your wellbeing in honour of mental health awareness week and also for national walking month.
1. Alice Holt Forest – Lodge Pond trail (2.5 miles)
Starting from the hustle and bustle of the play areas this scenic walk leads you into the heart of the woodlands to enjoy peaceful broadleaf woods and mature pine forests.
2. Blackwater, New Forest – Walk the Tall Trees trail (1.5 miles)
Walking the circular ‘Tall Trees Trail’ will take you through an impressive section of the drive amongst towering Douglas fir and mighty redwoods.
3. Cannock Chase Forest – The Fairoak trail (2.5 miles)
An easy circular trail, the walk meanders through the forest and opens out into the Fairoak Valley. Here you’ll find the magnificent Fairoak Pools.
4. Dalby Forest – The Adderstone Rigg trail (1.5 miles)
Head into Dalby Forest and explore the naturally sculpted Adder stone with your senses on this gentle walk. The trail follows forest paths and roads through a variety of woodland.
5. High Lodge, Thetford Forest – The Fir trail (3 miles)
Far away from the visitor centre this trail takes you into the heart of the forest.
6. Jeskyns Forest– The Broomfield loop (1.5 miles)
A gentle, undulating walk on surfaced paths that leads you through new woodlands, grazed meadows, orchards and ponds.
7. Moors Valley Country Park – The Lookout (1.5 miles)
This lovely meandering route takes you away from the visitor centre into the peace and quiet of the forest. The trail takes you to a secluded spot the Lookout.
8. Symonds Yat – Mailscot Wood trail (4 miles)
Spectacular views across the River Wye and the forest beyond. Take the Mailscot Wood trail through a wonderful mosaic of trees, this challenging and hilly walk offers a sanctuary of calm whilst absorbing panoramic views of the River Wye.
9. Wyre Forest – The Buzzard trail (3.25 miles)
The Buzzard trail explores the depths of the forest through beautiful mixed woodlands. The trail takes you along forest tracks and narrow paths, past majestic old oaks, as well as the Wyre Arboretum.
10. Haldon Forest – The Butterfly trail (4 miles)
The Butterfly trail leads you on a circular trail to the peaceful depths of the forest. Discover rare butterflies like the Pearl-bordered fritillary whilst bathing in the forest atmosphere. Meander slowly along the trail and take in the stunning views across the forest and over the Teign valley.