Forest Bathing in the New Forest National Park
The Japanese art of Shinrin-yoku, aka forest bathing, is having a moment in the UK. And what better place to partake than the New Forest in Hampshire? With over 566 square kilometres, it is easy to find a quiet spot amongst the ancient heaths and unspoilt woodland. Switch off your mobile, kick off your shoes and reconnect with nature, using all of your senses: sight, hearing, taste, smell and touch. According to Dr Qing Li, President of the Japanese Society of Forest Medicine, you should spend a good few hours, undisturbed, soaking in your surroundings. Keep an eye out for free-roaming ponies, pigs and cattle who may also be enjoying the tranquillity in the shady groves.