Getting outside

While we were told to “stay indoors” through the early stages of lockdown, as restrictions have eased, it is possible for many people to get out and about in ways that minimise risk and may be hugely beneficial to our mental health and wellbeing.

Scottish Natural Heritage has reported that people across Scotland have been turning to nature to improve their wellbeing in the wake of the pandemic. SNH’s new campaign, Make Space For Nature, encourages people to get outside and help wildlife flourish wherever they live.

The areas of Pilton, Muirhouse, Granton and Drylaw are blessed with a magnificent mixture of wild, outdoor places where local people can go and enjoy being connected to nature.

Our booklet Wild Places & Open Spaces, produced in 2018, can tell you about some of these places, including community gardens, parks, beaches and cycle paths, that may be right on your doorstep. Download it for free here:

Wild Places & Open Spaces

We have also produced two booklets of local walks, which have been tried and tested by PCHP’s award-winning walking volunteers. Download them here:

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If you are going outside, please remember to be safe and observe social distancing in accordance with the Scottish Government’s latest guidelines.

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