Get outside for Naturally Healthy May!

The Naturally Healthy campaign is all about the power of nature and physical activity to improve our health and wellbeing, and May is a fantastic time to head outside and enjoy some fresh air and Spring weather.

The pandemic has had a huge impact on all our lives, from children and young people to families and adults of all ages. Looking after our physical and mental health is more important than ever and there is clear evidence that being in a natural environment and connecting actively to nature is good for us.

James Szymankiewicz, North Devon GP and member of the DLNP: “Simply being in the natural environment is clinically proven to improve your health and wellbeing.”

Explore Devon is filled with some amazing walks, trails and sites to visit but we recommend you plan ahead.  Find out what is open in your local area on the Ordinance Survey’s Get Outside, Stay Local website. And please follow the latest government coronavirus advice in accessing green space.

We live in a beautiful part of the world and you can continue to explore and find trails that are local to you:

  • MyLocalPaths on the DCC environmental viewer gives you access to a detailed set of Devon Right of Way routes on your phone, tablet and computer
  • There’s more history on your doorstep than you realise. Visit our DCC environment viewer
  • Discover a great new way to get outside with your family with a treasure trail.

Wherever you go this Spring please look after our amazing environment and follow the Countryside Code.

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Naturally Healthy month is part of Devon’s Naturally Healthy initiative, led by Active Devon and Devon County Council on behalf of the DLNP. It brings together a wide range of partners from health, wellbeing, community and environment sectors to ensure that everyone in Devon is happier and healthier through increased connection to nature.

To find out more visit the Natural Devon or Active Devon websites and keep an eye on social media @activedevon and @Devon_LNP.

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