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Blackwater Valley Walks

Towards the end of the first lockdown I started to share my knowledge of local walks with local people encouraging them to get exercise, connect with nature and get away from the boredom of lockdowns and isolation. My aim is to help people, especially families with children, to enjoy what is on their doorstep.

So many of us suffer from a stressful world with inadequate exercise. Getting people out, enjoying the fresh air and seeing nature is a great stress reliever and helps keeps the body and mind in good shape. Taking the time to look for nature and the pleasure of finding it can be thrilling.

My walks cover the boroughs of Guildford, Rushmoor, Hart, Surrey Heath, Bracknell and Wokingham and through my website and social media presence, over 8500 routes have been downloaded so far. However I would like to reach people who may not be digitally confident or have the technology to allow them online so that they too can enjoy what is on their doorstep.

I would like to produce an affordable and accessible book, of approximately 30 of my nature walks (which will be graded by difficulty) with added pages about the benefits for mental and physical health including the benefits of connecting with nature. Most walking guides are based on well-known but widely spread walks so the more local aspect of this would be a unique benefit to our highly populated area.

Books last a long time, they can be cherished and passed on, and Public footpaths are permanent by law so, even if they are (very rarely) diverted, the walks will remain viable for many years to come to be shared between friends and families. Can you help to develop this idea and reach the people who don’t yet know the beauty on their doorstep or who haven’t got the confidence to get out there?

You can see more information on the walks I have published so far via my website 

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