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Explore the forest safely this summer

Martin Summers, Forest Ranger for Forest Holidays Deerpark Cornwall gives his tips and advice on adventuring into forests and woodland this summer.

I love exploring in the forest during summer, it's a great way to spend a leisurely day, rain or shine.

Britain's woodlands provide natural shade when the skies are clear and shelter when the heavens open, so exploring them is the perfect all-weather activity. With our Great British summers being what they are - let's just say "changeable" - I always do a little forward planning when I go exploring to ensure I'm on the right side of whatever weather conditions I may encounter. I've put together a handy list to help you make the most of your own forest adventure.

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Recommendations for your rucksack

  1. Sun cream and a sun hat
  2. A good fold away waterproof (just in case)
  3. Insect repellent and a first aid kit
  4. A bottle of water and a little snack or two (energy bars are ideal)

There are some very important dos and don'ts to think about on your walk too. Whilst it might be very tempting, I always tell guests that I take out on activities that you should never try to feed any animal you come across on your walks. Wild creatures are more than used to providing for themselves, or if you see horses in a field they may be on a strict diet, so you don't want to go upsetting any farmers.

Depending on where you plan to take your adventure, always try to stick to footpaths and make sure you have the land owner's permission if you plan to pick your own route. There are acres of Forestry Commission woodlands throughout the country which are ripe for exploring, and Forest Holidays have 9 locations actually on Forestry Commission land, which all make a perfect base for your adventures. Each site also has its own  Forest Ranger (just like me) who will be happy to share their knowledge of the local area and help you pick your routes.

I hope I have inspired you to give a woodland adventure a try this summer, now you can step out with confidence, embrace the great outdoors and relish whatever the British weather throws at you. Add in a pair of binoculars and a good forest wildlife guidebook and you're ready for the off.

Happy exploring!

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Forest Holidays are offering blog readers great discounts on bookings this summer. For 15% off cabin prices on all holidays taken between the 25th of July and the 31st of August by using the code GETSUMMER at their online checkout, or get 10% off cabin prices any other time of the year with the code GETANYTIME, offer subject to availability.

Please contact Forest Holidays for further information on these offers.  

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