Autumn Path Days
Richard Armstrong, Paths for All's Community Paths Senior Development Officer, writes about the recent Autumn Path Days campaign and shares his tips on how to connect with nature this autumn and tackle climate change at the same time.
Autumn has always been one of my favourite times of the year for getting out and walking in nature. I know it can be a bit cold and wet at times, but as the old saying goes, there’s no such thing as bad weather, only the wrong clothes.
Our Autumn Paths Days campaign ran throughout October, the campaign encouraged families to get outside and have hours of fun together connecting with nature. There are loads of activities that can be done outdoors in autumn and we created this wonderful calendar of 31 Family Fun Activities to give families ideas of the things they could do during the campaign.
Across Scotland there is now more people being active outdoors in nature than there were in 2019 and many these outings are with family groups.
With COP26 taking place in November we thought the Autumn Paths Days campaign would be a wonderful opportunity to encourage families to get involved in activities that could help combat climate change and biodiversity loss. We promoted five fun ways for families to care for their local wildlife, five fun ways families can tackle climate change together and footsteps to reduce your footprint.
Tom Whalley from Paths for All's Community Paths Team wrote a fantastic blog post during the campaign that highlighted how our changing climate could have an impact on our path networks. You can read about these impacts and learn what Tom and his son do to help in his blog post.
As I said earlier, autumn is one of my favourite times of year, it’s a great time to develop a closer connection with nature which helps me feel happier. We can do this simply by noticing nature more when we are out walking, pausing to notice the autumn colours or listen to the natural sounds like wind, rain, birds or running water.