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Moor To Enjoy Project

Moor to Enjoy Project

What's the Project about?

There is growing evidence that being in 'green space' is great for both our physical and mental health. National Parks have an important role to play in the nation’s Health and Wellbeing. The Moor to Enjoy Project is working to connect local groups, who aren’t currently visiting Exmoor National Park, with the natural environment of Exmoor National Park, to increase the Health and Wellbeing of their members..


What We Aim to Achieve

Over a four year period (2015-2018) the project aims to support local groups, from the periphery of Exmoor, to have great experiences and days out in Exmoor National Park. We will work with local groups to increase their confidence and knowledge to independently visit again and again.


What We Have Achieved So Far

At the end of year two, the results of survey's that the groups completed after each visit, showed that the 508 people taking part had benefited in the following ways:

38% of participants were more physically active than on an average day

77% reported having been more sociable than on an average day

74% said they were more relaxed after visiting Exmoor

87% said visiting Exmoor had lifted their spirits


The Five Ways to Wellbeing

We use the Five Ways to Wellbeing (developed by the New Economics Foundation) with groups, to empower them to make the changes in their lives that will help them become more resilient to life's stresses. Exmoor provides opportunities for all five, here are some examples:

1: Connect There are many activities available via our events page, so if you are visiting alone, there are lots of opportunities to join with other people.

2: Be Active Although some activities on the moor are not overtly physical, statistics show that when people are in green space they tend to be more physically active. Walking, cycling, water sports and conservation activities are examples of the many that are available.

3: Take Notice Being more aware of ourselves and our surroundings can help us to relax and help address our mental and emotional needs, the fantastic landscape that Exmoor has is the perfect place to do this!

4: Keep Learning Many of the activities available of Exmoor provide opportunities for learning, including talks, workshops and self led nature walks with resources from our centres.

5: Give For those who would like to give something back, there are plenty of opportunities on Exmoor for volunteering, take a look at our Get Involved project for more information on this.


Your Group Visit

If your group would like to take advantage of the health and wellbeing opportunities on Exmoor the following may be useful...

Walking for Health

Zing Somerset

The Exmoor Society

The Governments guidelines for physical activity, leaflets downloadable here  https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/uk-physical-activity-guidelines

Our National Park Centres in Dulverton, Lynmouth and Dunster

The Moor to Enjoy Toolkit

Fuss free ideas for days out for groups, including some for groups with restricted mobility, three different options can be downloaded on the left of this page

For affordable transport for your group, the following may be helpful:

https://www.westsomersetonline.gov.uk/Transport---Streets/Community-Transport

https://new.devon.gov.uk/travel/accessibility/community-transport/community-car-schemes

Please note that individual community car schemes may run differently to each other, so it's always good to check which one will suit your needs.

For up to date events please see our events page


For further details on the Moor to Enjoy Project contact Lucy McQuillan, Project Coordinator: lmcquillan@exmoor-nationalpark.gov.uk Tel:  01398 322 227 Mobile: 07966 515580

Follow the project on twitter @Moor2EnjoyENPA


Health and Wellbeing Resources and Signposting

Measure and get advice on your own health and wellbeing here  https://www.nhs.uk/oneyou/hay#ZXXZ6Qyw0SrQEZEg.97

Small changes can have a huge impact on your health and wellbeing, Inspire your group with this video to show them how https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aUaInS6HIGo

Support for children and young people  http://www.cypsomersethealth.org/lifehacks