Here are 3 Stunning Lakeland Woods Walks:
Cumbria contains a wealth of wonderful woods in beautiful settings.
Many of these woods are managed by the Woodland Trust. The woods offer fantastic walks with much to see and explore, both in the woods themselves and in the wider landscape.
The idea of spending time in outdoor natural spaces and a desire to experience nature could be key to improving your wellbeing.
A walk in the woods is rewarding at any time of the year.
1. Grubbins Wood
Grubbins Wood is a hidden gem lying close to the foreshore between Arnside and New Barns Bay.
The clear uninterupted shore of the Kent Estuary, where noisy waders feast in the mud, contrasts with the shade of the ancient yew woodland.
Away from the stands of yew, Lancastrian whitebeam clings to the ramparts along the shore.
This incredibly rare tree, which is full of red berries in the autumn, is only found in limestone outcrops around Morecambe Bay.
2. Moss & Height Spring Wood
Moss & Height Spring Wood is managed as one wood but with two distinct areas – Moss Wood and Height Spring Wood.
This lush wood, divided by an old coffin road (now a public byway), lies within the beautiful Rusland Valley.
The flood plain of Rusland Pool has wet mosses and pastures alive with dragonflies and wild flowers.
The valley sides are cloaked in ancient deciduous woodland and the views to the fells beyond are spectacular.
The area has the feeling of remoteness but with the advantages of a network of footpaths, small villages, a pub and seasonal tearoom at nearby Bouth.
3. Beckmickle Ing, Staveley
Beckmickle Ing is part of a well-wooded area on the east bank of the River Kent near Staveley in the Lake District National Park.
The walk takes in the beauty of deciduous woodland, with riverside interest and flower-rich grassland, including part of the Dales Way.
There are excellent public transport links to Staveley as well as toilets and refreshments in the village.