LIE BACK AND TAKE IN THE FOR­EST

Country Walking Magazine (UK) - - Discover -

Like feng shui in the Nineties and more lat­terly hygge (the Danish phi­los­o­phy of cosi­ness), for­est

bathing is very much ‘A Thing’ at the mo­ment. It’s a Ja­panese idea re­lat­ing to be­ing calm and fo­cused within wood­land. But you don’t have to give it a name or sub­scribe to a phi­los­o­phy to rel­ish the idea of ly­ing on the for­est floor and sim­ply look­ing up. As Alan Power says, the up­per canopy is the very best place to track the au­tumn: in the chang­ing of colour, in the fran­tic hoard­ing of squir­rels in the boughs, and in the grad­ual ex­po­si­tion of the sky as the leaves fall, al­low­ing sun­light to pen­e­trate the wood and kiss you on the nose. So bathe deeply, and en­joy.  WALK HERE: That’s the beauty of it: you can do this in that wood that’s five min­utes from your door.

BIG VI­SION Brocken spec­tres take their name from a peak in the Harz Moun­tains of Ger­many where they are com­mon. But this one was on Ilk­ley Moor in York­shire.

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