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Families urged to explore the outdoors this Easter

Posted 5 April 2012
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Families in the UK are being urged to put on their waterproof clothing this weekend and head out into nature.

According to the Ramblers, one way of avoiding the traffic jams and delays at transport hubs forecast over the Easter weekend is to take advantage of the countryside on your doorstep.

The organisation has suggested families should use the bank holiday break to find a green space or coastal area to go walking in.

It highlighted the fact that many children do not currently spend as much time in the countryside and exploring the natural world as they should do, something confirmed by recent research.

"We believe that getting your family walking is the route to guaranteeing future generations of outdoor enthusiasts," declared chief executive Benedict Southworth, adding getting outside can help to engender a love for nature and the countryside.

In addition, walking is a good way of improving health and wellbeing as it is a physical activity and can help youngsters develop good habits, as well as exercising away Easter egg excesses.

As a result, the Ramblers wants adults to take their children outdoors this Easter and show them what their region has to offer in terms of green spaces, with a series of events being organised by the walking charity over the weekend.

One adventure parents may want to take their kids on is searching out some of the carpets of bluebells that can be seen at the moment in locations across the country.

Carpets of violet, indigo and blue are being reported in forests, paths, parks, woodland and fields, according to the Ramblers, which has extolled the beauty of the quintessentially British spring flowers and stated they are coming out early in 2012.

Local groups are holding free bluebell walks to view the best of the displays and Ramblers head of walking programmes and promotions Simon Barnett said: "Going for a walk is the best way to keep an eye on nature and Ramblers groups have a knack for knowing how to find our country’s hidden natural treasures."ADNFCR-2803-ID-801335014-ADNFCR