This is what I call Ecotherapy in action!!! The lads all live in Lea Court, which has recently restructured from a nursing home into an independent hospital, owned and managed by Alternative Futures Group, who provide a number of Mental Health Independent Hospitals in the North of England offering care, accommodation and rehabilitation to people with mental health problems such as Bipolar/Manic Depression and Schizophrenia. They expressed a desire to see mountains and in particular Snowdon. One student wanted to show off his tea brewing skills in the rugged outdoors and brought everything along with him !!
I decided to take the students along the beautiful Miners track, as this is a fairly easy and gentle track and I felt the students would not be fit enough for the actual ascent up Snowdon, via the Pyg track, a continuation of the Miners Track. That may be another walk for another day!!
To be honest they were in awe of the place. They commented on the the peacefulness, the views, openness and fresh air and how it made them feel at rest and refreshed, trouble free, less anxious and less stressed. It enabled them to appreciate the environment in all its silence, as we sat down to a good, freshly brewed cuppa. They drank it all in. In silence!
I pointed out various places of interest, wildlife and even some wildflowers that I saw along the way. I regularly take these students out to various places of interest and they look forward to the visits immensely.