Going on an adventure doesn’t have to begin when you step in to a jungle or climb up a mountain. An adventure can start at home, from the moment you step outside your front door.
As Bilbo Baggins once said, “It’s a dangerous business, Frodo, going out your door. You step onto the road, and if you don’t keep your feet, there’s no knowing where you might be swept off to.”
No knowing indeed! Britain is full of all sorts of fun and mystery, adventures yet to be had. With national trails all over the country we’ve no need to worry about not having enough to explore.
Did you know that many of our philosophers, artists and writers loved to explore by walking through the countryside too? In fact they believed that it was good for the soul, for inspiration and for creativity. As it turns out, they had every reason to believe this.
Recently, Stanford researchers found that walking boosts creative inspiration. And as American polymath Henry David Thoreau noted in his journals: “Me thinks that the moment my legs begin to move, my thoughts begin to flow.”
Personally, I love a coastal walk. There is something about walking and taking in the sea air that refreshes your senses and empties your mind. We have some beautiful and scenic coastal walks in the UK.
The South West Coast Path in Devon and Cornwall is always spectacular and in the summer the perfect place for a swim in the sea. It’s actually one of the very few places in the world where you can walk along 630 miles of superb coastline – all on safe and regularly maintained trails.
In close second, the Pembrokeshire Coast Path twists and turns its way for 186 miles along the most breathtaking coastline in Britain. It covers almost every kind of maritime landscape from rugged cliff tops and sheltered coves to wide-open beaches and winding estuaries.
All you need is a backpack with some extra warmth (yes waterproofs are probably a safe bet), treats and water, and a couple of good pairs of socks! Your feet are the most important part of your body after all.
Summer is the perfect time to explore some of our national heritage and beautiful coastlines. Plus if it helps us get healthier, boost attention levels and be more creative – then there really is nothing to lose and everything to gain!
Natalia Komis is an adventure maiden, creative activator and artist. She is the founder of I Am Adventures – a social business taking women and girls on creative walking adventures in the UK and across the globe. Join her Adventure Maidens Unite group on Facebook and get walking!