Who wouldn’t like to be more mindful – living in the moment and enjoying a slower, more holistic approach to life? The benefits of mindfulness are gathering more and more scientific backing and, it seems, there’s nowhere better to embrace it than in the great outdoors. So, if you feel you’ve become disconnected from the things that really matter, we’re here to help you revive your mind and body in one of our beautiful National Parks.
Cold water swimming has proven benefits for mental health and the National Parks have a huge array of places to take a dip. Lakes in beautiful landscapes like Loch Lomond & The Trossachs allow you to surround yourself with nature while eliminating anxiety, tension and stress.
Find a quiet space and stop for a moment. Lie back and cloud-watch while soaking up the smell of flowers and salty sea air as the birds sing all around you. Allow every sense to become overwhelmed with the amazing sights and sounds nature provides, from rustling leaves in ancient woodland to trickling rivers.
Let the natural surroundings help soothe your soul with mindful walks, yoga classes or meditation. Blanketing yourself in nature gives your body and mind the chance to heal and find tranquillity.
Mindful eating helps you learn to better appreciate every mouthful. Treat yourself to a cookery class and find new ways to get the ultimate satisfaction from your meals.
Bathe your senses by venturing into the stunning New Forest where you’ll be blown away by the incredible sights, sounds and sensations. Touch the bark of a 600-year-old oak tree, delight in nature’s autumn spectacle of bright fungi and marvel at spring’s first foals. These unspoiled habitats will leave you feeling calm, centred and refreshed.
Join a Walk for Wellbeing at Northumberland National Park and discover more about the breath taking landscape surrounding you while improving your fitness. Suitable for all abilities, it’s a great chance to soak up the park’s beauty during the spring and summer months and to improve your physical and mental wellbeing.
Immerse yourself in mindfulness with a weekend retreat at YogaandSpice in the beautiful North York Moors where you’ll learn about Asian-style vegan and ayurvedic cookery using home grown vegetables and herbs and test the flexibility of your mind and body with yoga and meditation sessions.
Suitable for all fitness levels and abilities, the Peak District’s ‘Miles Without Stiles’ scheme provides access to amazing views, moorland expanses, intimate dales and distinctive habitats too. They make soaking up nature accessible to absolutely everyone.
See the world from a different perspective by horse riding through the network of more than 500 miles of bridleways, byways and green lanes that make up the Yorkshire Dales. Is there anything more exhilarating than a canter through stunning countryside while soaking up the sights and sounds of the surrounding countryside?
Mindfulness is all about connections – both with the natural world and your family and friends. A great opportunity then to arrange a get-together over coffee, lunch or a picnic and spend precious time with the people you care about most.
The National Park Experiences offers lots of ways you can benefit from the healing power of nature. Awaken all your senses and explore the secrets of Dartmoor’s landscape on a guided mindfulness walk. Seek inspiration from your surroundings and work with a local artist to create a personal artwork inspired by the North York Moors. Discover a new perspective in Cumbria on a night time wildlife adventure. Try a different pace and explore the Lake District fells with a four-legged llama pal. Hone your sketching skills with the Breamish Valley in Northumberland the natural setting to unlock your artistic potential. Feel invigorated by a magical North York Moors coastline meander.
National Park Experiences is a curated collection that brings the stories of our National Parks to life. Each experience offers an authentic insight into the landscape and special qualities of a National Park.