Immerse Yourself in Nature This May, With National Walking Month.

If there is one good thing to come out of lockdown, we think it could well be the newfound appreciation of a good walk that has swept the nation. With Gyms and leisure facilities closed for many months, some of which have yet to re-open fully, it seems that more and more people are enjoying being immersed in nature.

We daresay that this novelty may be in part due to being trapped indoors for so long over the winter months which has kindled our natural instinct to be outside and be active. Even people who have so far in their lives hated walking, now often find themselves out for a country stroll or a shuffle round the block just for a change of scenery. Of course, walking has a variety of benefits. It is not only the physical exercise element, but many say it boosts their mental wellbeing too. TV Presenter, Kate Humble says that “walking for me is a form of meditation, and the simple act of putting one foot in front of another has extraordinary benefits to my mental wellbeing. It helps me feel relaxed, less anxious and more creative.”

At Scents of Nature, we are all about encouraging and enjoying the natural world, so a National Walking Month is right up our street. We figured that now we are all allowed to travel a little further, we all might benefit from some new stomping grounds for our outdoor exercise. So, we’ve put together a list of some walks, country parks and nature reserves that we think you might like. We are an online shop, so our customers live all over the UK. Because of this we have tried to choose a variety of locations across Britain. Because our range of scents are inspired by the wonderful, varied British landscapes, we have tried to get some options for every type of landscape. Happy rambling!


If flowers are your thing, we know a few places.

  • Hampton Court Palace, Surrey – The palace itself is full of historic wonder and is well worth a visit for any history lovers, but the gardens are also absolutely delightful. Home of a particularly stunning dahlia garden with rare, cultivated varieties, it’s the horticulturalist’s dream. With plenty of topiary box hedging to satisfy any French monarch and a wilderness – cum – meadow which used to be Charles II’s pleasure garden, there’s all the flora you could wish for.
  • Hervey Memorial Reserve, Cumbria – If you really want your flowers to be wild, then you could do worse than this nature reserve in Whitbarrow. It has the best of the heathland flowers in the spring and summertime including blue moorgrass, hoary rock rose and purple orchids.


If swishing through grass, watching the butterflies frolic is more your thing, then this is for you.

  • Houghton Meadows, Cambridgeshire – Houghton Meadows is a nature reserve spanning five fields. Some are ancient hay fields, and some are pasture. The wildflowers in the spring are not to be missed and the woodpeckers and dragonflies are a rare find in this part of the country.
  • Port Meadow, Oxfordshire – Nearby to a Bronze Age monument and straddling the river Thames, Port meadow is the best of both worlds. The wild, raw meadowland and native ponies transport you back in time to when common grazing land was, well, common but watching the modern boats on the Thames will set you back in the present day.


Who doesn’t love a walk in a peaceful woodland? There’s nowhere quite like it to reset your internal balance and put things in proportion.

  • Thetford forest and Brandon Country Park, Norfolk/ Suffolk – with over eighteen thousand hectares of beautiful pine woods, it’s the “UK’s largest man made lowland forest”. There are plenty of walks, from nature trails for the whole family, to peaceful winding paths. Thetford forest has got it all.
  • Blackwater in the New Forest, Hampshire – Known for its Douglas firs and redwood trees, it’s a woodland walk not to be missed if you find yourself in that neck of the woods.
  • The Hermitage walk, Perthshire – wander along the bank of the river Braan and enjoy the peaceful woodlands and foaming waterfalls. A great walk for quiet afternoons by yourself or with the family. With plenty of Highland history to discover along the way, it’s a great ramble for all.


If a breezy beach walk is your thing this month, then look no further.

  • Pembrokeshire, South Wales – We could be more specific, but the truth is that there are miles of stunning, golden sandy coastline in this part of Wales. Popular with tourists in the Summer, make sure you look for the hidden gems like Newgale beach, Traeth Llyfn beach, or Porthmelgan beach to escape the crowds.
  • Arisaig, Inverness-shire – With miles of Barbados-worthy white sand and marine-rich rock pools, the west coast of Scotland is the place to be when you can depend on the weather to be glorious. Of course, the only problem is just that, being able to trust the weather. If a heatwave should come to Scotland though, those crystal-clear waters are where you need to be. They look positively tropical in the sunshine.
  • Sea Palling, Norfolk – Sea Palling is the local’s favourite beach, and you know what they say, “when in Rome”. This beach boasts miles of flawless golden sand bordered by dunes. Some may say that the dark rock sea defences are eyesores, but we know something they don’t. At low tide, they make the very best of rock pools. They have, on occasion, been known to conceal starfish as well as other rarely seen marine life. It’s not uncommon to spot a seal or two bobbing in these calm waters which can make for a lovely nature-spotting walk.


The wild peaks and scrubby shrubs of a heath or moor is such a fundamentally British sight, we had to include some in our list.

  • Bwlch Nant yr Arian, Ceredigion – A wonderful mix of hilly heathland and woodland, this place has a lot to offer. Not only does it have several walks and bike trails of various lengths, but the daily red kite feedings really are something to behold. Make sure you are on one of the hand carved wooden benches around the lake at the appointed time to see dozens of beautiful red kites flying overhead. There’s nothing like it. Their work on conservation and pioneering eco-friendly living is almost better than the all-you-can-eat wild bilberry buffet on their heathy hills.
  • Ilkley Moor, Yorkshire – If rocky heights covered in heather and bracken is your idea of a day out then look no further than Ilkley Moor in Yorkshire. A recognised site of archaeological importance, history enthusiasts can enjoy the rich heritage of the bronze age monument at Ilkley Moor, while the wild, untameable landscape is enough to satisfy any nature-lover.
  • Hutton roof crags, Cumbria – Boasting butterfly spotting from July, and excellent bird watching all year round, Hutton roof crags is the place for a peaceful, heathland hike. Surround yourself with the resilient heathland wildflowers and feel refreshed by the bracing breeze.

We hope that wherever this month takes you, that you manage to enjoy some good walks. The pandemic may have damaged many aspects of everyday life, but the stunning natural landscapes of our beautiful nation thankfully isn’t one of them. Come what may, the tulips will bloom, and the birds will sing. Covid or no covid, nature will take its course, so let’s get out and enjoy it.

If you enjoy any of these natural landscapes, why not order the corresponding scent from our eau de parfum collection? Whether you love a woodland wander or a barefoot sandy stroll, we have the nature-inspired fragrance for you. Do you know any hidden gems that are excellent walks? Did it make our list? We’d love to know where you like to walk. Get in touch with us on social media and tell us where you’ll be taking your rambles this May.