Forest bathing is a Japanese form of therapy known as 'shinrin-yoku'. Research has shown that if you spend just 15 minutes amongst trees, it can lower cortisol levels, improve your immune system and even reduce anxiety.
There are plenty of gorgeous places in the UK you can practice forest bathing. Below are a few suggestions of where you can gain the benefits of this Japanese form of therapy.
1. Holt Country Park
Walk to your heart’s content amongst the trees of Holt Country Park. With a multitude of paths to choose from, it may be a good idea to follow a map to help guide you (you can pick one of these up from the visitor centre upon arrival). All paths are circular however, so you won’t get lost. Bring the dog for a long walk or the kids for a run around and enjoy the benefits of forest bathing.
2. Sheringham Park
At Sheringham Park, enjoy a wonderfully varied 2½ hour walk as you begin your journey through woodland and farmland and along the cliff edge by the sea. Standing at the tree-top gazebo, you’ll be amazed by the view. Perhaps bring along your camera to take some breath-taking shots of the beautiful Norfolk scenery.
3. Thetford Forest
Thetford Forest is the UK's largest man-made lowland forest. With 18,730 hectares to explore, pack a picnic or bring a bike and you’ll be set for a lovely day out amongst the trees. With the play facilities at High Lodge, the heritage of Lynford Arboretum and the Desert Rats Memorial at High Ash, there is a lot to see and do in Thetford Forest.
4. Foxley Wood
Foxley is Norfolk’s largest remaining ancient woodland. Enjoy a day under the trees while exploring the land of Foxley Wood. With various trees, plants and wildlife to see, including dog’s mercury, greater butterfly orchid and wood anemone, you’ll be amazed at what you’ll find. Visit the woodland in early spring to see the amazing pale yellow primroses emerge from the banks of ditches. In April/May, expect to see bluebells cover the woodland floor.
In order to fully absorb the benefits of forest bathing, why not make a full trip to the trees? Below are a handful of our gorgeous properties, located in the trees:
Milliners Lodge (reference 1628) is a stunning timber-clad cabin-style property, located in the woodland settling of Kelling Heath Holiday Park, Weyboune. This property sleeps 4 and welcomes 1 pet. Why not enjoy a relaxing bike ride through the woodland on a summer’s afternoon? View the property here.
Pond Cottage (reference 1312) is a lovely property located in Bracon Ash, just 7 miles from Norwich. Surrounded by glorious trees, this property sleeps 6 and welcomes 1 pet. The front of the property looks out over a large pond and there are delightful enclosed rear gardens where visitors can enjoy their own woodland walk. View the property here.
Pine Lodge Cottage (reference 1567) is a delightful property located in Stratton Strawless on the Norfolk Broads. Sleeping 2, this lodge is perfect for a romantic retreat away amongst the trees. The property has a lovely private garden, decked area with seating and hot tub, perfect for those warm summer evenings. View the property here.