Go ‘forest bathing’ in Hampshire
Sushi and karaoke have reached all continents; Japan’s latest trend to head our way is shinrin yoku (‘forest bathing’). Immersion here is metaphorical – no wild swimming necessary, just a sense of sinking peacefully into a world of leaves, wood, muted light and muffled sound. More than two-thirds of Japan is forested, but it’s a little trickier to find spots for a ‘dip’ in the wooded tenth of England. In Hampshire’s Blackwood Forest, however, the over-urbanised can escape for a few hours on a special, ranger-led walk, which ends fittingly with a tea ceremony using foraged plants.
MAKE IT HAPPEN
Forest Holidays offers breaks in 10 locations across the UK, of which two – in Hampshire and Norfolk – have dedicated forest-bathing programmes (£30pp; forestholidays.co.uk/ things-to-do/forest-bathing). You can also stay in one of 60 luxury woodland cabins in Hampshire (three nights from £645). Blackwood Forest is off the M3 between Basingstoke and Winchester. Guests staying at the cabins can also pre-book a complimentary shuttle bus from Micheldever train station.