Six ways membership can energise your body and mind

If you’re looking for ways to keep your body (and mind) energised, then we’ve got some suggestions that could see you finding a geocache, becoming mindful at a Tai Chi class or experiencing our places on a bike. So whether it’s gardens, beaches, art, cafés or mountains that you enjoy, we’ve got plenty of ways to keep both your body and mind wanting more.

1. Start a new cycle

There’s a great network of cycle trails at our places offering everything from mountain biking to gentle coastal rides. Perfect for exploring some of your favourite places on two wheels, whizzing around on a bike will bring a totally different perspective on some of your favourite spots. Members benefit from free car parking at most of our places too, so pack your bike and you’ll be able to seek out new two-wheeled experiences whenever you feel like it.

Cycling in sunshine on Brimham Moor.
Cycling on the moor, North Yorkshire.
Cycling in sunshine on Brimham Moor.

2. Try out a digital treasure hunt

Take the grandchildren out and turn your walks into a digital treasure hunt by searching for geocaches. A geocache is a small waterproof treasure box hidden outdoors, often containing a log book or small trinkets to swap. All you (or the grandchildren) need is a smartphone and a geocaching app, or for a small fee, you can hire GPS trackers from many of the places we look after. And as a member you’ll enjoy free entry to our places where you can start your quest.

Exploring the glasshouse at Dyffryn Gardens, Vale of Glamorgan
Exploring the glasshouse at Dyffryn Gardens, Vale of Glamorgan
Exploring the glasshouse at Dyffryn Gardens, Vale of Glamorgan

3. Take up a new hobby

Tai Chi and other classes (like yoga) are a great way to improve your balance, flexibility, strength and coordination. You’ll feel freer and they could boost your energy levels too. For an additional charge, you can take part in these gentle classes at many of our places; either indoors at Footprint in Cumbria, or outdoors during the summer months at places like Hare Hill and Stackpole. Our website and app will help you to see what activities are happening near you.

A relaxing Tai Chi session in the walled garden at Hare Hill
Hare Hill Tai Chi
A relaxing Tai Chi session in the walled garden at Hare Hill

4. Breathe in refreshing sea air

You’ll be spoilt for seaside strolling locations as we look after over 778 miles of coastline. A brisk walk (or slow saunter) along a coastal path will fill your lungs with salty sea air and soothe your soul and give a sense of complete escape from a busy life. As a member your support helps us to keep coastal paths and beaches open and accessible so that everyone can enjoy a seaside escape.

Walkers overlooking Church Cove at Gunwalloe, Cornwall
Walkers overlooking Church Cove at Gunwalloe, Cornwall
Walkers overlooking Church Cove at Gunwalloe, Cornwall

5. Seek out inspiring art and collections

Gazing at art and exploring exhibitions can often take your mind to a different place. We look after world class collections featuring artists such as Rembrandt and William Blake. We’ve got contemporary art covered as well with installations at Croome, Biddulph and Berrington Hall. And it’s not just art, there’s fashion at Killerton, furniture at Nostell and some of the best Chinese wallpapers in Britain are found at our places. If you’re a member, you can use your Handbook to find great spots for inspiring artistic encounters.

Admiring Lanscroon's ceiling painting in the Blue Drawing Room at Powis Castle
Visitors looking up at Lanscroon's ceiling painting in the Blue Drawing Room at Powis Castle and Garden, Powys.
Admiring Lanscroon's ceiling painting in the Blue Drawing Room at Powis Castle

6. Pause for a moment

If you’re feeling life is busier than ever before, then take some time out to sit and watch the world go by. Our cafés and tea-rooms are perfect spots for a little relaxation and you’ll also find freshly baked treats and hot drinks to tempt you while your mind has time to unwind.

Enjoying a well-earned cup of tea after a tour of Quebec House, Kent
Visitors enjoying coffee
Enjoying a well-earned cup of tea after a tour of Quebec House, Kent


Whatever activity you decide to try, becoming a National Trust member can help you to see some of the nation’s favourite places, as well as inspiring new adventures to satisfy both your mind and your body.