Head outside this winter

Take some time for yourself and escape into the great outdoors. Or get the whole family together, wrap up warm and take to the woods for a lovely brisk walk. Our forests are right on your doorstep, but miles away from the crowds!

Why green is good for you

Children playing in winter woodlandsWe’ve always known it – heading outdoors is good for you in more ways than one. Exploring your local green spots means you get plenty of fresh air, exercise off the beaten track, and lots of peace and quiet too. Have a look at our research and publications to learn more.

Five top tips to follow this winter

Family walking a trail at WhinlatterYou don’t have to be super fit to enjoy our fantastic forest views, as with 2,500km of walking and cycling trails there'll be one that's perfect for you! So beat the holiday indulge, and keep these handy tips in mind when visiting the forest.

How many miles for a mince pie?

Whinlatter Duathlon When we exercise our muscles use energy stored in our bodies from food. Unsurprisingly, the harder you exercise, the more calories you burn. We’ve done the maths for you, and looked at how many miles it takes to burn off those festive treats!

Don't leave your furry friend behind

Whinlatter Duathlon There are lots of great trails in our forests were dogs can safely be let off the lead. We’ve also listed the best places to visit with your four-legged companion, along with plenty of ideas for things to do once you’ve arrived!

The green gym

Nordic walking in the forestWe all know many of us should exercise more – so this year, why don't we make the most of all nature has to offer, and head outside? If you regularly visit your local woodland, check out our annual Discovery Pass, so you can enjoy the fresh air all year round for free.

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Ditch expensive gym membership this year - get a Discovery Pass and you can get fit in the fresh air all year long!