The 25th-31st of July welcomes National Parks Week, a fantastic celebration of British parks and a reminder of the many great activities we can enjoy in our free public greenspaces. With the school summer holidays looming, National Parks Week provides a great way to kickstart the holiday season, offering plenty of ways you can get involved in Richmond’s very own Richmond Park.
What is National Parks Week?
National Parks Week is an annual campaign from National Parks which celebrates ‘everything that is unique and wonderful about Britain’s breathing space’. With so many of us living in cities and urban spaces, many of us fail to make the most of our beautiful parks. Encouraging us to take advantage of the great outdoors, National Parks Week is a good opportunity to get some fresh air and get healthy by taking part in the many great activities taking place in our parks.
In Richmond, we’re fortunate enough to have one of the UK’s most loved Royal Parks, Richmond Park on our doorstep. With almost 7 miles of road surrounding Richmond Park, you can enjoy a good walk or run around it, taking in some spectacular sights including the famous deer which inhabit the park. There are also a number of other parks close to Richmond for you to enjoy during and after National Parks Week, which can be found on the Council’s website. London’s other famous parks are also within easy reach.
Have an adventure
The theme for this year’s National Parks Week is ‘Adventure’, and whatever your idea of adventure, there is something for you to enjoy, including:
- Get walking: walking is a great form of exercise for those recovering from periods of inactivity, injuries or looking to build up their fitness gradually. You can take walks at your own pace, take the children and the dog and enjoy walking amongst beautiful scenery and surroundings.
- Get cycling: Cycling is another way to enjoy your local parks and many have recommended cycle paths for different abilities. Be safe and wear a helmet and be wary of walkers who are also using the park. Click here for some recommended routes for Richmond Park.
- Exercise classes: It’s not uncommon to see fitness classes taking place in the park – which makes a welcome change to staring at the gym walls! See which classes are taking place near you and sign up – you may find an exciting new hobby.
- Volunteer: Some parks and greenspaces rely on volunteers to keep them looking beautiful. Give up a few hours to collect rubbish or help a community garden – you’ll have the perfect opportunity to get active whilst also doing your bit.
- Spread awareness: Photos of landscapes are always popular on social media. Share yours and promote #NationalParksWeek by showing off your local park to encourage others to visit and get outdoors.
With summer just starting, make the most of your local open spaces and get as active as possible. Fresh air and scenic views are good for our health and wellbeing and can help us recharge after stressful days. Enjoy National Parks Week and celebrate all that is wonderful about our British parks.