Let’s go outside…

AS January, often dubbed the most challenging month of the year, sets in with its post- Christmas blues, Bewl Water in Lamberhurst invites families to combat the gloom by immersing themselves in the great outdoors and adopting a healthier lifestyle.

Activities such as walking and cycling are scientifically proven to stimulate the release of feel-good chemicals in the brain, enhancing self-esteem, focus, and sleep.

With its natural 800-acre landscape, Bewl Water stands out as the ideal destination for those seeking a healthier start to January, drawing over 140,000 visitors annually.

Situated on the Kent and Sussex border, the reservoir provides expansive landscapes that cater to a variety of outdoor activities. Whether engaging in open parkland exercises, cycling along woodland trails, taking the dog for a walk, or finding tranquillity on the water, the reservoir offers a refreshing backdrop to kickstart the new year.

For little ones, there are two free outdoor playgrounds open daily from 8am to 5pm. These spots aren’t just fun, but they also help children improve balance and agility. With features like slides, climbing frames, a rocking boat, and a basket swing, these playgrounds provide a great environment for fostering creativity and enhancing mood through play in natural surroundings.

If you’re up for some cycling, then five miles of the reservoir route is still open despite the cold weather conditions. While certain sections have been temporarily closed for health and safety reasons, there are still 2.5 miles each way available, providing ample space for both beginners and seasoned cyclists.

Whether you bring your own bike or take advantage of the 20 per cent discount on adult and children’s rentals, cycling not only supports heart health but also reduces stress and promotes a sense of freedom and relaxation.

Additional activities include family-friendly self-guided walks and bird watching in the nature reserve. There’s also a free adventure trail that changes with the seasons, giving you a fresh reason to visit as the weather shifts.

Ranger Bear’s Winter Quest encourages little ones to explore the woodlands, encouraging a love for nature and sparking their imagination as they hunt for hidden clues. Grab trail maps at the Waterfront Café, where you can also enjoy a healthy bite to eat from their lunch menu to refuel after a day outdoors.

For those looking to explore water-based activities, Bewl Water offers options like canoeing, stand-up paddleboarding, sailing, windsurfing, wing-foiling, and fishing.

With club options and day passes available, water sports not only contribute to physical fitness but also foster mental wellbeing. The calming effects of water, coupled with the outdoor environment, can alleviate stress, promote relaxation, and improve overall mental health.

For more details on the activities available in this new year, visit bewlwater.co.uk

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