It's Walk in the Woods Month, so what better time to find out why walking in the woods isn't just for ramblers and bird watchers! We all know that walking and exercise in general is good for us, but increasingly research shows that being in woodlands, experiencing nature brings extra benefits.
A stroll in the Mersey Forest is one of the best things you can do for your health this May - and we have the science to back that up.
Did you know there are 50 woods within seven miles of Liverpool City Centre, and many hundreds within the Mersey Forest area? Find a new local wood to visit using the Woodland Trust's brilliant Find a Wood tool.
Our own Discover the Mersey Forest website includes walking and cycling routes through woods and green spaces from easy strolls to challenging rides. Watch out for the relaunch later this year!
Take a history stroll around Marbury Park, once home to a spectacular country house, a prisoner of war camp and haunted by the phantom Marbury Lady.
Explore the wildlife haven of Colliers Moss, thirty years in the making, or or follow a trail around the landscape that was shaped by salt.
If you want to get out walking with others, check out the West Cheshire Walking Festival - running for all of May and including plenty of woodland walks. It's co-ordinated by Active Cheshire and Cheshire West and Chester Council.
The walks featured in the festival bring together different length walks with a social atmosphere and will take you into some of the most stunning scenery in Cheshire.