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30 days wild

30 days wild

June is 30 Days Wild month so this week I’d like to follow on from volunteering opportunities in the great outdoors and look at some other ways you can Get More Active whilst enjoying the wonderful countryside in Surrey.

One of the easiest ways to enjoy the countryside is by walking if you are able. You can find information about accessible walks (including those suitable for wheelchair users) in the area here:

Access for All | Disabled Walks | Canal & River Trust (canalrivertrust.org.uk)

Surrey (accessiblecountryside.org.uk)

Why not combine your trip out with capturing some of the views on camera or stopping to listen to the birdsong – you could even set your alarm for an early start and catch the dawn chorus!

If you are an art lover, you could combine some fresh air with a wide variety of sculptures at Farnham’s sculpture park. There are steps on one of the guided routes but there is also a step free accessible route. https://www.thesculpturepark.com/

Cycling is a wonderful way to appreciate nature and the nationally recognised initiative Wheels for All embraces children and adults with disabilities and differing needs, to engage in a quality cycling activity providing fun and stimulating cycling. Their centres have specially adapted cycles and trained leaders so that all can enjoy the benefits of cycling in a social environment. Our closest centres are Leatherhead, Woking, Epsom, Slough, Croydon and Crawley and you can find out more here:

Wheels for All | Cycling Projects — The UK inclusive cycling charity

And if you really want to get up close and personal with nature why not challenge yourself to get up in the trees and Go Ape?! Go Ape courses are high rope adventures with tree to tree crossings rope climbs and zip wires. They are certainly challenging but Go Ape would like to make their adventures as accessible as possible. You can read more about their accessibility here:

Accessibility of Go Ape Adventures | Go Ape

And find locations here:

Adventures at locations and forests across the UK | Go Ape

This is just a brief snapshot of ideas to get you thinking about being active outdoors. If you would like to discuss any of these activities (and more), in depth, then please get in touch with the Get More Active project:

Email: getmoreactive@surreycoalition.org.uk

Phone or SMS text: 07434 865062

If you’d like to join in with the free 30 Days Wild initiative you can get more ideas and sign up here:

30 Days Wild 2021 – Sign up for your pack | The Wildlife Trusts

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