Nature walks are good for you. Just ask James Wong and Go Jauntly

Posted by Liz Earle Beauty Co. June 7, 2019

Here at Liz Earle we love being in nature, be it a ramble to a nature reserve nearby or a local woodland walk. Our mantra is Naturally Active after all. It’s a passion we share with our friends at Go Jauntly, the free community-based walking app designed to help city dwellers connect with the nature around them. Which is one of the reasons we’ve chosen to collaborate with them on a series of 12 bespoke walks – 9 with audio commentary from our in-house Ethnobotanist James Wong – to help encourage women across the UK to get outside and reconnect to nature in a bid to improve their mental and physical wellbeing this summer.

It all started when we commissioned a study to measure the positive effects of being in nature. Ask around our office and most of us agree that time in the great outdoors helps us to feel calm and more positive, but what about women up and down the UK, did they agree? The answer was a resounding yes. Getting out into nature came out as one of the top ways women choose to improve their mood, reduce stress and switch off, while a quarter said they connected to nature by using skincare with natural ingredients (ooh, we like your thinking).

“86% of women polled believe spending time in nature is a good way of relieving life’s pressures and worries”*

Inspired by our findings we got busy identifying our favourite walks to document and share via the Go Jauntly app. Nine of them – in London, the Isle of Wight, Nottingham, Bath and Edinburgh – include full audio commentary with botanical insights from James Wong (including the best cafes to refuel with healthy snacks and caffeine along the way, thanks @botanygeek) while a further three walks, two on the Isle of Wight, and one in London, feature his written commentary.

“Our own research has shown women can struggle to spend enough time enjoying the great outdoors which is why we’re partnering with Go Jauntly to encourage more women to discover the wellbeing benefits of the nature on their doorstep. Be that an undiscovered local woodland, or a dedicated urban green space in the middle of a city, there are important psychological benefits from being in nature such as relieving stress and anxiety as well as boosting mood, all whilst improving overall wellbeing.”

James Wong, our Ethnobotanist

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James has also selected his edit of walks with special botanical interest across the app, identifiable by a new Liz Earle botanical button. These include a walk along the Thames Path, taking in one of our personal favourites, Petersham Nurseries and, of course, Kew Gardens (where James completed his training). You’ll also discover a walk around Ventnor on the Isle of Wight that includes a visit to the beautiful Ventnor Botanic Garden which enjoys a unique microclimate – a favourite haunt for our island-based colleagues.

Feeling inspired? It couldn’t be easier to get started. To access all the walks (available from the 5th June) simply download the free Go Jauntly app via the App Store and Google Play and don’t forget to share your snaps with us on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter using the hashtag #NaturallyActive.

Happy walking!

*From a survey of 2000 women in the UK conducted by