When it’s cold outside it may be tempting to just curl up on the sofa but getting out in nature can do wonders for your wellbeing.
There are many reasons to build a walk into your daily routine. Apart from the fact it’s great exercise and free, walking in nature can significantly support your wellbeing in the winter months and we have a wealth of beautiful outside spaces to choose from in and around the Court. So, grab your coat and gloves, meet a friend or go alone, and get your steps in!
Where to start? —
There are so many spots to choose from; Bushy Park, the Thames Path, Home Park and Hurst Meadows to name just a few. However, these areas can be very crowded at weekends and during holidays, so why not explore Molesey Heath instead? Make sure to wear wellies or walking boots, as this area can get very muddy in the winter months.
Molesey Heath Nature Reserve, Approach Road, West Molesey (no parking available)
Looking for something a little less wild with an onsite café and parking? Claremont Landscape Gardens is open for local residents to visit. This beautiful site is operated by the National Trust, and due to Covid restrictions you will need to book your visit in advance.
Portsmouth Road, Esher, Surrey, KT10 9JG
Need more inspiration? —
Visit walkingforhealth.org.uk and pop in your postcode to find a variety of walks near you, and in the future, walks with others.
While you’re online, check out fancyfreewalks.org. This website provides guides for people who love to walk and enjoy our incredible countryside at a leisurely speed.
If you need a reason to get out of the door, why not power walk with purpose and do a litter pick along your route? Visit litteraction.org.uk to find local clean up initiatives and information on how to be safe while you’re helping out.
Podcasts to keep you company —
Walking The Dog with Emily Dean
Ramblings with Claire Balding
BBC Countryfile Magazine Podcast