Had enough of Hygge? Try the Japanese art of 'forest bathing' on these woodland walks in Cumbria

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8 September 2017 4:58PM

Last year the Danish concept of Hygge took the UK by storm as we learned about the art of feeling happy during the colder months.

Lit candles, time with friends and absolutely no interference from smartphones was said to be the foundation to a healthy lifestyle - Scandinavian style.

But in the far east, the Japanese have their own secret weapon when it comes to boosting levels of well being - shinrin-yoku - or forest bathing.

The practice of taking a short walk in the woods to reduce stress and boost mindfulness was even adopted as part of the Japanese public health programme in 1982.

Luckily, Cumbria is rich in natural woodlands where you can get out and enjoy the fresh air surrounded by trees.

Here are a selection of the best places to try a spot of forest bathing across the county this autumn:

1. Whinlatter, near Keswick.

Great views available from this mountain forest which has miles of gravelled tracks and trails.

2. Grizedale Forest, Hawkshead.

Parking on site, a range of signposted and accessible walks set within acres of forest.

3. Dodds Wood, near Keswick.

The home of the Lake District Osprey Project. Great views and a variety of signposted trails.

4. High Dam, near Rusland.

Walk up the hill through the trees to reach the tarn at the top.

5. Talkin Tarn, Brampton.

Trails through the trees and along the shore of this 65 acre tarn.

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