Once you have thought about your nature walk preferences and requirements, it is time for the fun part – choosing your nature walk! There are so many places to choose from. Some may be right on your doorstep, but you haven’t considered them, while others may be further away and exotic destinations for you.
While they are really wide-ranging, we have grouped them into a few easy categories:
Are you ready to dive in and be inspired? Let’s go!
Do you love the idea of walking beside a body of water? There are so many watery nature walks you could do. Still water, running water, falling water; big water bodies and small… If you love being near water, there are all sorts of options to consider, including: rivers, streams, lakes, canals, reservoirs, waterfalls, lochs, ponds, ocean and sea.
You can learn more about watery nature walks here.
If squelching through muddy, waterlogged ground is more of an adventure for you, there are: bogs, swamps, marshes, fens, broads, mudflats and salt marshes. They might not seem appealing, but a lot of interesting plants and wildlife can be found in muddy places.
If you prefer bracing breezes and salt spray, how about: estuaries, coastal sand dunes, tidal flats, rock pools, cliffs or rocky, sandy or muddy seashores. Doing nature walks beside the coast, you should remember to look not only at the ground beneath your feet, but also in the air above you, on the cliffs, and also in the water.
If like us you love trees, then what about: deciduous forests, pine forests, mixed forest, young plantations and ancient woodland. Remember, there are multiple layers in a woodland – the highest canopy, branches, trunks, shrubbery, vegetation and at ground level.
If you love the thrill of an invigorating climb, then have you considered: mountains – there are dry rocky mountains, or lush green mountains, rolling hills, heaths, moorlands and dales. When walking in upland area, remember to keep your eyes and ears not just in your immediate vicinity, but also in the distance – mid and far. Eagles may soar high up. Wildlife and trees may also be spotted high above your head.
If you are adventurous, or lucky enough to live or travel abroad, here are a few additional places to add to your nature adventure list!
These could include tundra, taiga, grasslands, prairie, desert, steppe, plains ,salt flats, rain forest, jungle, deltas and mangroves.
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Next: Use our Nature Walk Search Tool to find a walk near you. Or, check the four things you should consider before planning a nature walk.