Nature Rambles

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As a group, Leodis Pagan Circle consists of people who follow different spiritual paths. This means that we relate to various points of view and we experience deity in our own individual ways. However, the one unshakable truth on which we all agree is that nature is quintessential and portrays divinity in its material form.

One of the best ways we can think of to demonstrate our love for and devotion to the natural world, is to get out there and experience some of the wonders it has to offer. Just strolling through a meadow or by a stream or through a wood is enough to make you feel glad to be alive. Indeed, there are studies that prove illnesses such as anxiety, depression and fatigue can be alleviated by getting away from the hustle and bustle of the city.

Here at Leodis Pagan Circle, we don’t need statistics to tell us what we’ve long known about the restorative powers of nature and its ability to enhance our mood so we usually organise one or two easy going rambles each year so we can enjoy its beauty and diversity as a group activity.

We consider all of our walks to be ‘Pagan’ because they all involve getting out into the countryside and enjoying the scenery en route. However, we often try to incorporate an extra element by, for example, visiting a stone circle or an ancient well or some other relevant site. Of course, there are a limited number of such places within reasonable travelling distance of Leeds so not all our walks can incorporate these extra elements, but we do our best.

The length of the walks vary depending on where they are and how much there is to see. We usually aim to cover approximately 2 miles per hour which is really quite slow but gives us ample time to saunter along, take in the views and stop to smell the flowers. We try to choose walks that suit people of moderate ability but please contact us if you’d like more information about the mileage and terrain of a particular walk.

Because we need to schedule our walks well in advance, we obviously can’t guarantee a sunny day but we do try to choose a time of year when it’s likely to be dry. However, given that this is England and the weather can change in a nanosecond, the walks do go ahead whatever meteorological conditions prevail at the time (even if it’s precipitating it down!).

It’s always sensible to wear sturdy boots, but, even in good weather, it’s advisable to carry rain wear with you (just in case). Other than that, all you need to bring is a picnic lunch and your camera. So why not think about joining us on one of our forthcoming walks?

Upcoming Rambles

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What is this life if, full of care,
We have no time to stand and stare?
No time to stand beneath the boughs,
And stare as long as sheep and cows:
No time to see, when woods we pass,
Where squirrels hide their nuts in grass:
No time to see, in broad daylight,
Streams full of stars, like skies at night:
No time to turn at Beauty’s glance,
And watch her feet, how they can dance:
No time to wait till her mouth can
Enrich that smile her eyes began?
A poor life this if, full of care,
We have no time to stand and stare.
William Henry Davies

Welsh Poet

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