Going for a walk

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Given the closure of so many attractions, the cancellation of many events and the warnings about travelling, what can you do for either getting some exercise of a just a dose of fresh air?

the Pembrokeshire Coastal Path –

Recommendations in many countries suggest no more than walking around the block or limiting yourself to walking the dog.

But in our countries – at least at the moment – we can get to the great outdoors for a walk providing that we do so as responsibly as possible which means keeping a reasonable distance from other walkers and avoiding any groups.

With the spring equinox out of the way, one opportunity widely available is to venture into our parks and gardens whcih are beginning to burst with new growth.

But yesterday evening, the National Trust closed all its gardens and gated properties to the public  following on from closing all their houses, mansions and other built structures earlier this week.

Not all have followed their example.

English Heritage has its gardens and open spaces available for us to walk through as has Cadw in Wales although in both cases their manned sites are closed.

In Scotland both the National Trust for Scotland and the Historic Environment Scotland have kept their gardens, public spaces and unmanned properties open for us to wander through and see the spring flowers open.

An Taisce – The National Trust for Ireland, seems to have its open air sites available for walkers but has posted nothing on its website at the time of writing.

But in additional to these membership bodies and the Woodland Trust which also has open-air spaces in which we can walk. Like the other bodies mentioned, they have also cancelled all events for the time being.

That leaves us with our national parks, coastal paths, wetland centres, forests and woods in which to walk provided that are reasonably close to where we live.

Getting exercise and fressh air is vital for our wellbeing. If you can get about then, you might as well see some silver lining in this pandemic and explore open spaces near to where you live.

But do check first that they are still open before you visit.

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