Our lives are pretty demanding these days. Work can sometimes seem endless especially with the ease of connectivity and globalisation. It’s no wonder that more of us feel stressed out and that’s not a good thing if you’re experiencing the wrong kind of stress. You feel weighed down, irritable, frantic and plain tired.
There’s no better cure for this than being in nature. It improves our mood changing from stressed, depressed and anxious to more calm and balanced. It also reduces blood pressure, heart rate and muscle tension. You can enjoy nature easily by looking at scenes or doing something more active. Our recommendation is a walk in the woods at this time of the year. It’s bluebell season and the British countryside is carpeted in blue. It’s so beautiful and enchanting and makes for great pictures too. Here are our top places to enjoy them in the south of England, and if you do head out for some bluebell spotting, we’d love to see your photos. Tag us @nayaglow on Instagram.
1. Ashridge Estate, Berkhamsted, Buckinghamshire – link here.
This National Trust estate has approximately 2,000 hectares of land. It is one of our favourite escapes due to its proximity to London and its beauty.
2. Arlington, Sussex – link here.
Arlington is known for its Bluebell Walk and they provide regular updates on the flowers growth status. Even if you don’t want to see the bluebells, it is a lovely quick escape from London for some quiet time in nature.
3. Hole Park, Rolvenden, Kent – link here.
One of the things that is simply breath-taking about the U.K. is the sheer beauty of its countryside. And nowhere is this more evident by way of contrast than London. As soon as you look beyond the M25, it is jaw-droppingly stunning. Which brings us to Hole Park Garden House. It is well worth a visit when you are in Kent. There are loads to do and of course bluebells spotting 🙂 There’s even a 360º online view for a virtual visit. One other thing – if you like Wisterias, this is the place to go!
4. Long Wood, near Cheddar, Somerset – link here.
You haven’t lived in England till you’ve been to the Cheddar Gorge! There are lots of activities in the area and Long Wood is considered one of the best woods where flora abound, including the gorgeous bluebells. Make a day of it visiting the gorge and woodlands.
5. Kew Gardens, London – Link here.
If you are a city-dweller with no chance of escaping to the countryside, head to Kew Gardens where you can also spot the bluebells. It is a beautiful city-escape right at our doorstep and easily accessible from wherever you are.
So, that’s our top 5! Do you have your favourite bluebells walk? Share it with us. Don’t forget to tag us @nayaglow in your photos, and we hope you return all ready to conquer the world.
The Naya Team xx