Getting back into nature is vital for our sense of wellness. Mindful hiking is a great way to get outside and take some time to reconnect with our environment and restore.
From forest bathing to nature retreats, nature has long been thought of as the place to relax and restore. If you are in need of a recharge, mindful hikes are an excellent way to get outside in nature, relax your mind and get the endorphins flowing. And our quiet coastal cliff paths are the perfect place to do it.
Mindfulness is all about being present in the moment, not worrying about the future or worrying about a long 'To Do' list. Many people associate mindfulness and meditation with stillness, but in fact you can practise them anywhere, even on the go. All you have to do is pay attention to the present - the sights, smells and sounds around you. Mindfulness has proven benefits including reducing stress, giving mental clarity, better sleep and overall improved feelings of wellbeing.
Hiking also has great wellbeing benefits. It improves cardio fitness, gets you outside, strengthens bones and muscles and improves your mood.
Mindful hiking combines the two: intentionally going out with no plan other than to walk, observe and restore in the present moment. Ideally, head out without any technology distracting you, or you could follow along with a guided walking meditation if you need an aid to help your mind to focus. Whilst walking, try to focus on the nature around you, the sounds and colours, as well as your breathing and how your body moves. This will help to keep you in the present moment.
RECONNECT WITH NATURE ON THE TRAILS
The Islands of Guernsey have beautiful, varied nature to explore. With 4 dedicated RAMSAR sites across our 5 islands and miles of stunning coastline and woodland trails, there is a hike for everyone. You can find routes based on difficulty or duration here on the our website.
Some of our favourite spots for a mindful hike are:
RESTORE WITH SCENIC SEA VIEWS
Download the Visit Guernsey App for Self-Guided Routes
You can find map routes and be guided along your path using our app, available on both the App Store or Play Store. It can help you navigate trails, see estimated durations and find points of interest to explore.
In-Person Guided Walks with Local Experts
If you would prefer to be guided in person, we have lots of very knowledgeable guides on the Islands of Guernsey, each with their own specialities. They have picked out some of their favourite spots on the Islands, which you can read about here.
For more information and to get to know our guides visit the dedicated website of The Bailiwick of Guernsey Guild of Accredited Guides.