We may have come to the end of Mental Health Awareness Week (MHAW), but we’ll carry on sharing all the great places in Dorset we can go to connect with nature (the theme of this year’s MHAW).

Walking is such an incredible way to get out in the fresh air, get exercise and give our mental and emotional wellbeing a boost.

On Wednesday, Chloe Goldswain from Dorset Council will be leading a session on why walking is so good for us.

Maria Clarke from the Dorset Local Nature Partnership joined us last Friday to open our eyes and ears to the power of nature. We have added the recording to our Mindfulness page.

One of the things that Maria shared was this beautiful and evocative video of a walk along the Ridgeway. The video was made by The Arts Development Company and the South Dorset Ridgeway Landscape Partnership, supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund. I promise it will transport you.

Health and Nature Dorset are encouraging us to share our favourite, or hidden gems, of walks and calm spaces outside to inspire other people on this brand-new website. Join in – it could become a fantastic resource!

Another equally inspiring film is this BBC clip which tells the story of Chloe Longman, an Admin Support Officer in the CCG’s Primary and Community Care team, who was determined to walk 10km every day, even during lockdown last year.

Chloe described the impact of her daily walks as ‘a transformation, really, both mentally and physically’, saying that walking has helped her have a much more positive way of looking at things.

Even a period of self-isolation in her bedroom didn’t stop Chloe get her 18,000 daily steps in! ‘It’s about finding what works for you.’