We all know that spending time outside is good for your body and good for your soul. And after a long, dark winter, there’s nothing better than soaking up some of that spring sunshine. We’ve selected 3 local places to help you reconnect with nature in unique and meaningful ways.
A holiday hangout in the trees
Situated in the Blackdown Hills of Devon, The Nest Treehouse allows you to experience life at the top—9 metres high, to be exact. If you’ve ever wondered what it would be like to spend a night in a luxury treehouse away from the hustle and bustle of everyday life, you’re at the right address. The area surrounding the mature English oak tree has been designated as an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and is known locally for its walking routes, horse riding and fishing.
Nurture your soul in a national park
Brecon Beacons is an exceptional place, even by national park standards. This Welsh piece of paradise contains attractions for all ages, including natural caves, stunning landscapes and adventure farms where kids can make friends with the animals. Between rock climbing, abseiling and nature trails, get ready to be active against a beautiful backdrop of green. And when want to relax for the night, you can enjoy wide, open spaces for some of the best stargazing you’ll ever experience.
Staying in nature doesn’t have to be detrimental to the environment, as evidenced by Tom’s Eco Lodge, a recreational delight on the Isle of Wight. Surrounded by the glorious Tapnell Farm, the lodge “offers all the luxuries we now take for granted, with the smallest impact on the environment possible,” according to its website. You can sleep inside safari tents, wood cabins, modulogs or pods at night and during the day, take in beautiful seascapes and sandy beaches. Fun for families or for a romantic getaway, you can commune in nature without skimping on creature comforts.
American naturalist and conservationist John Muir famously said, “In every walk with nature, one receives far more than he seeks.” Start your search in any one of these places and your body and soul are sure to thank you for it.