Mindfulness trail at Bystock Pools

PUBLISHED: 12:00 27 November 2017

The Bystock 'mindfulness trail' is the brainchild of Clare Carter (pictured)

The Bystock 'mindfulness trail' is the brainchild of Clare Carter (pictured)

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Devon Wildlife Trust has announced a new mindfulness trail at Bystock Pools

Bystock Pools. Picture: Sheila HancoxBystock Pools. Picture: Sheila Hancox

An Exmouth beauty-spot has become the venue for a new ‘mindfulness trail’, promising visitors the chance to get away from some of the worst stresses and strains of modern life.

The trail has been established at Devon Wildlife Trust’s Bystock Pools nature reserve, and is the brainchild of Clare Carter.

The 46-year-old, from Exmouth, created the mindfulness trail because she wanted to help other people to ‘slow down and switch off’ from the demands of 21st century living.

The inspiration for the trail came to Clare as a way of combining her interests in mindfulness and wildlife.

She said: “I was introduced to Bystock Pools nature reserve in the late nineties and now call it my second home.

“My main hobby is natural history, especially dragonflies. I also enjoy yoga, mindfulness and meditation.

“I wanted to create a walk which included some mindfulness techniques to help people switch off from their busy lives and encourage them to live in the moment.

“I love being at Bystock and this Mindfulness walk has ‘slowed’ me down and allows me to switch off my busy mind. I hope it will help others too.”

The trail leads participants to 25 points around the varied nature reserve which features ponds, heathland, woodland and meadows.

At each place people are asked to undertake an act of mindfulness ranging from the simple ‘take four deep breaths and stretch’ to the more contemplative ‘Watch the water falling, listen to the sound of the water and watch the ripples’.

Devon Wildlife Trust’s Steve Hussey welcomed the new trail: “People visit our wildlife havens for lots of different reasons.

“Some will be real nature enthusiasts, perhaps searching for a particular bird, plant or insect, but many others will be there because of the sense of peace and tranquillity that these special places provide.

“This new mindfulness trail is a reminder to us all of how important nature reserves are to the health and well-being of people, as well as wildlife.”

A copy of the Bystock Pools mindfulness trail can be downloaded from the Devon Wildlife Trust website

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