A Case Study by Livvi Grant, Daffodil PR & Communications
As someone who has always enjoyed walking and spending time in the great outdoors, I was thrilled to discover the Quantock Landscape Partnership Scheme in October 2022. Since then, I have been actively involved in their various initiatives, particularly their photo walks, which have been an excellent way for me to combine my love for walking with my passion for photography.
Participating in the photo walks has not only allowed me to capture stunning images of the Somerset countryside, but it has also encouraged me to explore new areas and routes that I may not have discovered otherwise, all whilst meeting new people. Being out in nature, surrounded by greenery and fresh air, has an incredibly calming effect on me. As someone who works hard and runs a business, it is a welcome break from the hustle and bustle of my busy, everyday life, and I always return from my walks feeling refreshed and rejuvenated.
In addition to my usual walks, I also completed a 100-mile walking challenge in May in aid of Cancer Research. It was a positive experience to push myself physically, finding the time in my busy schedule to get out and walk each day. I also joined a day of the Quantock Walking Festival, which was a particularly tough challenge with lots of elevation on Exmoor as I followed the Coleridge Way, but I felt an immense sense of accomplishment upon completing it.
Walking and getting outside has not only helped me stay physically fit, but it has also had a positive impact on my mental wellbeing. It has allowed me to de-stress and clear my mind, and I always feel more focused and energised after a walk.
Overall, I cannot recommend getting outside in nature enough. It is a wonderful way to stay active, explore new areas, and improve both physical and mental health. Whether it’s a leisurely stroll or a challenging hike, being out in nature is an experience like no other and we’re so lucky to have so many places to explore across Somerset.