Main image: Embsay Crag, North Yorkshire, #61
A new study of 2,000 Brits reveals connecting with nature is among the top three benefits to come out of lockdown (24%), after spending more time with family (31%) and having more free time (26%).
The research and list of beautiful and biodiverse green spaces was commissioned by natural cosmetics company Weleda, to celebrate its 100-year anniversary.
The study reveals the vital role of nature in keeping the nation’s spirits lifted throughout the Coronavirus pandemic.
Nature during lockdown
A third (34%) say going out for walks helps them cope with lockdown restrictions and 28% find the great outdoors relieves the stress of the pandemic.
Almost three-quarters (62%) notice a positive uplift in their mood on days they have spent time in nature.
Over half of Brits (58%) who worked from home spent more time outside during lockdown. Almost half (46%) now get out into nature at least four times a week. Once lockdown is lifted, two-thirds (66%) say they want to spend even more time outdoors.
The list, which can be found here, includes suggestions from the public, experts and Weleda’s nature-loving community.
It features urban and rural outdoor spaces, from Epping Forest in Essex to Mewslade Beach in Swansea, as well as Golden Cap in Dorset, the Orkney Islands, Ballycastle in Northern Ireland and many more.
Weleda is inviting the public to add to the list with suggestions of their favourite local lockdown walking spots, via the Weleda UK Instagram.
‘Our resent move to North Yorkshire has opened my eyes and heart to the Yorkshire Dales
countryside, with its stunning sweeping hills, valleys and rock faces.
‘I have fallen in love very quickly with a local space of magic called Embsay Crag. A rugged landscape beautifully crafted as Nature intended, with a purpose that defines how we use the Earth’s rainwater captured in the reservoir chalice at the top.
‘When I need solace, or to reconnect with something bigger than myself, this wonder is on my doorstep and seems to listen to my questioning of life every time I walk the pilgrimage to the top.’
Co-founder, My Green Pod & P.E.A. Awards