Whether just enjoying a breath of fresh air, or taking part in more vigorous outdoor activities, spending time outside can have a powerful effect on our wellbeing — in short, it can just make us feel better.
National GetOutside Day is an initiative from Ordnance Survey that simply encourages everyone across the nation to embrace an active outdoor lifestyle, making the most of the fantastic and varied landscapes on our doorsteps up and down the country. Get out by yourself, or ask someone who wouldn’t normally spend time outside to come along, helping them to discover the best the outdoors has to offer, and benefitting their health, too.
There are so many ways to get outdoors and get moving, while making the most of Britain’s rich natural heritage. Whether simply going for a gentle stroll, or trying something more adventurous like climbing, our countryside caters for all of us.
Not only is it beneficial for us to go outside, but our actions in the countryside can also benefit the local environment. You could choose to use your time outdoors to make a difference by keeping the countryside clean and joining the Litter Heroes Campaign.
If you’re struggling to think of how to get active outdoors, we’ve put together a short list of outdoor activities to get you started:
- Take a walk in an autumn woodland
- Forage for food
- Try your hand at wildlife photography
- Explore the UK’s art trails by bike
- Prepare your garden for winter by adding plants that provide colour
- Try out a new cycling or walking route
For more ideas, take a look at the Go outdoors section of our website.