Barefoot walking in Cornwall, UK

Mud squelching, sand squeaking, leaf crunching… going barefoot is a universal delight. In recognition of the joys of unshod schlepping, the UK’s National Trust have set up their first ever dedicated barefoot walking trail at Cornwall’s historic Godolphin Estate (nationaltrust.org.uk/godolphin). Introducing kids to nature literally from the ground up, the trail takes little feet across everything from scratchy woodchips and pinecones to smooth stones and sloppy mud; there are 20 textures to explore, with plenty of opportunities to stop and smell the daisies.

Parental pointer: Resist the urge to cover up your little one’s soft soles: podiatrists recommend lengthy stints of footwear-free time for kids, citing everything from muscle development to good posture as benefits.

 

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