Coastal walks for wellbeing
In 2015 we conducted a piece of research into how walking by the coast can affect peoples’ wellbeing. The results showed that any type of walking could increase levels of happiness and calmness, but seaside strolls were particularly good for helping people to sleep for longer. On average people got an extra 47 minutes’ rest after a ramble along the shoreline, helping them to feel more alert the next morning.
Nearly two-thirds of those surveyed also said that walking gave them a distraction from the stresses of everyday life, and boosted their feelings of relaxation and reflection. For many people, being beside the sea brought back memories of their childhood and quality time spent with their families and friends.
" It’s clear that there is something special about the coast. It's a place to escape, that can allow people to boost their mood, relax and sleep longer."
Smugglers, shipwrecks, battles, storms – our shores have so many stories to tell. Whether you’re looking for a cliff-top hike, or gentle ramble along the beach, here are some of the best routes to explore.