Families can join in some great walks this summer to help them connect with nature and also increase their sense of wellbeing.

The mindful nature walks have been organised by Rachel Devereux from Scissett who has founded community interest company Parent Sanctuary (https://parentsanctuary.co.uk/) in Huddersfield to support the emotional, physical and mental health of families, encouraging parents to connect with the outdoors and nature.

The walks will be in places such as Greenhead Park, Ravensknowle Park, Fixby, Holmfirth, Scammonden, Oakwell Hall at Birstall, Cannon Hall near Cawthorne and Penistone.

Families who attend are asked to give a donation up to a maximum of £10.

Rachel said: “These walks provide a great opportunity for parents to keep their kids busy and engaged, while also bringing calm, confidence and joy to the grown-ups.

“We understand that finding activities that are both affordable and screen-free can be a challenge for families during the holidays. Many parents prefer to avoid noisy indoor activities and costly specialist camps.

“That’s why our plan of activities is designed to keep children active, entertained and learning throughout the summer while also including mindful meditation moments for parents to help reduce stress. Our line-up of organised nature trails is safe and suitable for families.”

People are urged to take a picnic with them on the walks.

Parent Sanctuary’s work primarily focuses on families with children aged under five but expands the age range to include children up to age 11 during the holidays.

Rachel added: “Research has shown that spending time in nature has numerous benefits, including improved health, better sleep and a strengthened immune system. By reducing stress levels, individuals become more present and can establish better connections with their children.”

Carriers and slings are available for families with very young children to borrow.

For more information and to book a walk go to www.parentsanctuary.co.uk/sessions

Written by ANDY HIRST who runs his own Yorkshire freelance journalism agency AH! PR (https://ah-pr.com/) specialising in press releases, blogging, website content and copywriting.