Finally – longer daylight hours are here in the northern hemisphere! It’s the perfect season to get back out there and reconnect with nature. Here’s how to make the most of it…
Research shows that exposure to daylight and fresh air helps our bodies produce essential vitamin D, help us get a better night’s sleep, and enhancing our overall well-being. And if you combine a jaunt outside with some challenging activity, you’ll also be boosting your health and fitness levels.
This month, The North Face are launching the Longer Days campaign to inspire everyone to get outside and run, hike, climb and explore for longer this Spring. Download the new Explorer App from The North Face Europe’s official website and start sharing updates and photos of your own outdoor adventures on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram using the hashtag #LongerDays. Every day, The North Face will award prizes for the best photos capturing your outdoor adventures in the Explorer Photo Competition.
So how will you spend your extra daylight hours?
Running – No more running in the dark after work! You can now squeeze in a sunlit run before or after you leave for the office. See if you can time it right to capture sunset on your home straight.
Hiking – Longer days mean longer, more challenging hikes aren’t cut short by the night drawing in. In the UK, we’re spoilt for choice for hiking spots – heritage coastal paths, ancient forests, fells and downs – all wonderful places to hike and get the heart rate going (with wonderful views thrown in for free!).
Climbing – For an even more physical challenge, try rock climbing. Some of the UK’s best places to go climbing include Derbyshire’s Peak District, Snowdonia in Wales, the sea cliffs around Portland in Dorset, the stunning Lake District, and the National Trust for Scotland’s Glencoe area. Reach the top of a climb in one of those hot-spots and you’ll be hooked!
Camping – It’s not just about physical challenges; longer (and warmer) days are a great time to get under canvas and go camping. There’s been a boom in the number of boutique campsites in recent years, many allowing you to live a more ‘back to basics’ lifestyle of campfires and foraging. For an even more basic, but exhilarating, camping experience, pitch your tent in Scotland, home of wild camping. The Land Reform (Scotland) Act means you are allowed to camp on most unenclosed land, but do be a responsible wild camper and read up on the guidelines in the Scottish Outdoor Access Code.
Ready to get outside and make the most of the longer days…?
This post is sponsored by The North Face but words are Goodtrippers’ own.