Being outdoors as much as possible this winter is the secret to better mental and physical health.

As Wales reopens for the second time in 2020 there is no place better to go than the Ceiriog Valley. Embrace the Nordic concept of ‘friluftsliv’ (that translates to “open-air living”) and book a trip to the Valley so you can get outside this winter. According to psychologists, exposure to nature helps us shrug off stress and allows us to remember and value more important things in life.

Here are a few ideas about what you could be doing ‘outside’ if you stay with us the Ceiriog Valley this winter.

Take a mindful walk

Mindful Walking in North Wales offers the ideal antidote to today's worries
Mindful Walking in North Wales offers the ideal antidote to today’s worries

The West has teamed up with Adventure Tours UK to offer people the chance to explore the glorious Ceiriog Valley surrounding Llanarmon DC and get back in touch with nature whilst practicing mindfulness. These run monthly until March 2021. Click here to find out more about the next group trip.

Explore Ruthin’s secrets

Just 50 mins drive from Llanarmon DC, The Ruthin Art Trail encourages visitors to explore the mysteries and beauties of Ruthin town outside by foot through hidden facades and spy holes. A great day out if you love architecture and culture. http://www.ruthinarttrail.co.uk/

Exhilarating Forest Rides

Book an exhilarating bike ride with One Planet Adventure. These cycle gurus know the forests and hills like no one else. The Coed Llandegla forest, a short drive from Llanarmon DC, has become renowned for providing a ‘mountain biking adrenaline fix’. There are a range of trails to suit all levels, from the picturesque Green Trail around the reservoir to the airtime-tastic B-Line trail and plenty in between. Pedal your way happy into 2021.

There are so many fantastic places in North East Wales, just on our doorstep, you don’t have to travel miles away, get a plane or go somewhere hot to enjoy life.

So wrap up warm, take a deep breath and walk your way to a better 2021.

Embrace the outdoors this winter with a trip to the Valley