Can’t bear heading out on another lap of your local park? After months spent in lockdown, an idyllic walk in the woods is the perfect way to get out of the house and stretch your legs. While it’s been tedious, day after day of being cooped up indoors has turned us into a bunch of nature lovers. In fact, mental-health charity Mind says that being in natural light and spending time in the great outdoors are powerful ways to combat any general grouchiness you might be feeling. So what are you waiting for?
London’s surrounds are full of leafy hideaways perfect for escaping the city. Now we can legally head out on a day trip, and stay overnight in self-contained accommodation (including Airbnbs and campsites), we can explore everything from woodland glades carpeted with bluebells to ancient forests ribboned with sculpture trails.
Here are our favourite forests – all within easy reach of the city – for woodland walks, tree hugging, and sweet, sweet freedom from our flats.
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