Fall is here and I am ready to take advantage of this beautiful season to do a lot of walking and hiking around Norfolk. I want to share with you some super fun places around Norfolk where you can be active this fall.
Walking is an excellent way to improve and maintain good health. It’s a fantastic cardio exercise with loads of physical and mental health benefits. Walking helps with prevention of high blood pressure and also aids with lowering cholesterol levels. Problem sleeping? Walking can help you with that too! Starting a walking routine can also improve your mood and may help you deal with anxiety, depression and other mental health issues.
As a wellness coach, one of the first things I introduce to my client’s routine is a daily walk. Walking on your street, in your neighbourhood or park is a all you need but what if you can turn walking into an adventure?
Norfolk County has so many interesting places where you can take your walking shoes!
To celebrate the season, why not head to Wagon Wheel Produce & Corn Maze? Each fall, they turn their 12 acre corn field into an awesome maze, each year with a new pattern. This year, be ready to walk through a Canada 150 inspired design!
This is a great way to be active with your whole family!
Fall also means harvest time and Norfolk County has many wineries to explore. Quite a few of them offer trails for their guests to walk or hike. Visit Bonnieheath Estate Lavender and Winery and take a beautiful walk around the vines, orchard, wetland and prairie grass. Maps can be found on site and their staff will be glad to recommend various options. Plan on at 30- 40 mins to walk the property.
While visiting Burning Kiln Winery, why not take a nice trail walk? “On The Vine” is a 2.3 km trail that is very beginner friendly and the view is truly amazing. There are many other trails maintained by the Turkey Point Mountain Bike Club which are open to walkers, runners and bikers and can be accessed within a short distance of Burning Kiln.
Backus Woods also offer some superb trails for fall walks. I love starting from the 4th concession where you can find 2 trailheads (a 3rd trail connects from there too). Walk the Wetlands Trail (5.4km) to see a wide variety of landscapes or hike Sugar Bush Trail (5km) for a beautiful fall afternoon. If you still have energy, from Sugar Bush Trail, fork off to the Flood Plain Trail to add another 3km.
So this fall, schedule yourself some walking time around Norfolk County. Enjoy the fresh air and move!
As always, I encourage you to post your pictures of you being active in Norfolk County by using the hashtag #GoNorfolk. Empower others to move in Ontario’s Garden!
Amélie Chanda is a Norfolk County based wellness coach with a passion for active living. She works with individuals and organizations that are ready to make a commitment to a healthy life. She provides support, tools and motivation to help her clients reach their health goals. In 2017 she launched the #GoNorfolk community initiative to empower people to get off the couch and to explore Norfolk County. She is now the Active Living Ambassador for Norfolk County.