Monday, 6 May 2013

Walk this May! A Month of Walking

National Walking Month is a month long campaign by Living Streets, to highlight the benefits of walking, and includes Walk to Work Week (13-17 May) and Walk to School Week (20-24 May).

Walking os good for your physical and mental health and if lots of people walk in a town or city then that place feels safer and more people start to feel comfortable walking. Walking also reduces the number of cars on the roads, thus reducing the amount of pollution and reducing the carbon footprint of travelling.

There are plenty of feats you can take part in to really feel part of the campaign and lots of resources to help you spread the word.

Meanwhile the Tree Council is running Walk in the Woods to encourage more people to enjoy walking in their local woodland, which is just what I was doing this morning! The photo above shows part of Colinton Dell, along the Water of Leith. The few flowered leek is in full bloom at the moment, you can have a closer look at this invasive, non-native but striking looking plant below:

The few flowered leek has been flowering for a while now, but just out is the wood sorrel, seen below growing on top of a mossy stone wall.

It was a lovely day today, sunny and mild and with lots of birds around! Perfect for a walk in the woods!

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Optimistic Existentialist said...

Walking is so good for your mental health yes! It relaxes you and helps you unwind.

Ms Sparrow said...

I do some of my best thinking when I'm out walking!

The Weaver of Grass said...

The wood sorrel I am familiar with Juliet but have never heard of the leek - is it a mainly scottish thing?

Crafty Green Poet said...

Optimistic - absolutely!

Ms Sparrow - so do I!

Weaver, I'm not sure about the distribution of few flowered leek, though I don't remember ever having seen it in England....

Michelle May-The Raspberry Rabbits said...

I walk every morning from 7:05 to 7:35. I listen to the birds, talk to the bunnies I pass and wave hello to every neighbor. I soak in the sunlight, and plan my day. I am grateful for the world I live in.

RG said...

Beach walk this morning!!! Good start.

TexWisGirl said...

love the sweet woodland blooms.

Bill said...

the only way
to travel

Not really a haiku, but my thoughts often assume this shape

Carver said...

What a beautiful place to walk. I also feel better when I walk in a natural setting.