New woodland wellbeing trail launches at Symonds Yat

Take a mindful walk through the woodland at Symonds Yat Rock, as Forestry England unveils a new, self-led trail to encourage visitors to connect with nature as they explore the Forest of Dean this autumn.

By Annabel Lammas  |  Published
There's a new wellbeing trail in the Forest of Dean at Forestry England's Symonds Yat Rock site.

Forestry England has introduced a new, self-led wellbeing trail at its Symonds Yat Rock site, helping visitors to soak up the restorative effects of being among the trees this autumn. 

Drawing on scientific research that demonstrates the physical and mental health benefits of spending time in nature, the trail invites visitors to slow down and take in the Forest of Dean's ancient landscape as they explore one of its best beauty spots, Symonds Yat.

Visitors can follow a series of themed panels through the trees to explore the woodland in an intentional and mindful way, just as it bursts into dazzling displays autumn colour. 

There's also a forest wellbeing journal to enhance the trail, with space for individual reflections and ideas for mindful activities to have a go at — either on your journey or at home. Pick up a copy from the Symonds Yat Rock Cafe or download it from the Forestry England website before you visit. 

The wellbeing trail at Symonds Yat Rock is 2km long with a mixture of wide surfaced stone tracks and narrower unsurfaced paths and one small, steep downhill at the end. 

It's free to visit and there's no need to book, but car park charges apply.

The new attraction is just one of 20 wellbeing trails that Forestry England has installed across the country, with Westonbirt, The National Arboretum in Tetbury hosting another in Gloucestershire.

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