There are a plethora of reasons to want to spend more time in the great outdoors, surrounded by the Healing Powers of Nature, wildlife and the various well-being benefits they bring. Urban-dwellers in particular will seek to escape the hustle and bustle of city life for a glimpse of greenery and are likely to want to spend every second of their time away out in the fields. In fact, even those that reside in towns desire the seclusion, intimacy, privacy and ‘only-one-in-the-world’ vibe that comes with glamping. We’ve put together a list of some of the best ways you can make the most of your time in the beautiful countryside, from Cornwall to Cumbria, all of which can be enjoyed regardless of your level of ability or experience. Not only are these great for encouraging you to breathe as much fresh air as possible, but they will also bring out your inner creative flair, something that is all-too often lost in the hectic nature of working life.
Whilst you can look around occasionally to admire the serene setting, foraging requires you to keep your head looking toward the ground in search of the next yummy treat you can turn into a delicious dinner. From wild mushrooms and berries to herbs such as garlic and thyme, there’s usually a wealth of field and forest for you to explore whilst looking for these tasty treats. It’s a good idea to seek advice from an expert or perhaps the owner of your abode who will be able to advise on what to look out for and what to keep clear of. Perhaps adopt an ‘if in doubt, leave it out’ approach here, particularly if you’re unsure of what the fruit or plant is or, more specifically, the effect it can have if accidentally consumed. Whilst out and about, if you find a haven for wild mushrooms or berries, remember the balance of the earth and try to leave some for everybody else, both humans and animals! Foraging is a sustainable activity, but only if you remember to take only what you need and do so without damaging the immediate habitat.
For those that don’t know, Geocaching is essentially a worldwide treasure hunt whereby you track down capsules via maps or the GPS on a smartphone App, and this enables you to tick off any that you have completed. A fantastic way to explore new areas, geocaches are hidden in every nook and cranny in most places in the UK and can sometimes crop up when you’d least expect them too! This adds another dimension to long walks and hikes which is ideal for those glamping with smaller children. Some will require you to get your hands a little dirty, moving rocks and fumbling through the earth to find a tiny little container holding a document you need to sign. Remember to leave the ‘treasure’ exactly how you found it so that those who follow can continue to enjoy Geocaching.
Whether you’re a budding artist, an experienced expert sketcher or you’re simply looking to try something new, glamping offers a wealth of opportunities to sketch the beautiful landscapes that surround. Set up a camp chair right outside your abode, close enough to the kettle for your regular cuppa but far enough away so that you can get away from anything that may be distracting. Failing that, take a walk deeper into the countryside where you can find a quiet haven or beauty spot to draw. The minutes will soon turn into hours, and before you know it, you’ll have a fantastic hand-drawn representation of your glamping holiday and a day well spent. The best part? Aside from your fellow glampers, it is unlikely that there will be many folks around these secluded spots so whether you’re the next Picasso or you’re work resembles something a little more similar to your three-year old nieces’ creations, rest-assured you’re free of judgement here! Other artistic activities include bark rubbing, whereby paper is held against the bark of a tree and traced over with pastel, charcoal or a soft pencil to create fantastic patterns.
Building Rock Towers
Those who are lucky enough to be staying in one of our abodes by the sea will be able to access any number of beautiful beaches right on their door step. Sandy havens may be slightly more crowded and be somewhat lacking in pebbles and stones, so instead opt for a sheltered, intimate cove that might not be so popular with other visitors. Here you can wander around the beach finding pebbles of the perfect size and then challenge whoever you’re with or yourself to building the highest, most impressive towers of pebbles. This is a fantastic chance to focus on concentration and keeping a steady hand and will also guarantee some fantastic holiday photos that you can look back on with fond memories for years to come.
Writing in Nature
Anyone with dreams of writing their own book, regardless of what stage you’re at, glamping provides the perfect environment to develop ideas and get those down on paper in a place that is free of the everyday distractions that have held you back thus far. Your beautiful surroundings are likely to develop detailed descriptions of settings while the various natural sounds will keep you in tune with your senses, which will then be reflected through the writing. The benefits of ditching computers, tablets and WiFi and taking it back to classic paper and pen cannot be stressed enough, and you may even shock yourself as your imagination runs wild.
That concludes our guide to some of the best ways to connect with nature during your next glamping holiday. We’re sure we haven’t covered everything, so if you have any other suggestions on how best to engage with nature whilst on holiday in the countryside, do let us know via the comments on our social media channels – we’d love to hear them! Those that are lucky enough to be glamping with a hot tub can retreat into the tub for a relaxing reflection of the day’s activities and to recuperate for another creative day!
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