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Father and Son

Mind, Body and Soul

In the thirteenth century, St Thomas Aquinas conceived of the human as a compound of body and soul/mind. There were no perceived divisions in the Middle Ages between physical, mental, and spiritual health. We embrace the notion of the embodied mind and encourage mixing of the wellbeing resources and activities on the Paston walks.

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WALKER tool

We invite you to enhance your experience of the Paston trails by becoming a 'WALKER'. The acrostic* provides inspiration for ways to do so and provides links to help you choose the walk wellbeing resources. 

* the first letter of each section spells out 'WALKER'.

 

Scroll/browse on to find out more.

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W is for wellbeing

We walk for the health of our minds and bodies. Walking is a free form of exercise, boosting our step count and may help improve strength, heart, lung and immunity functioning. A walk can help focus the mind in order to solve a problem, or simply be a time to rest the mind and enjoy a peaceful connection with Nature. It can also be a chance to chat with a friend.

The walk overviews provide free GPX fitness codes, access audits detailing terrain descriptions, and the walks near me allows you to build activity levels. Check out how the Paston Wellbeing Walk experiences off the beaten track offer activities for mindful moments, and stimulating or relaxing sensory connections with Nature. Follow us on social media for occasional group-led sociable walking events: 

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A is for activities

A walk can be enriched by taking photos, doing a family Explorer Hunt trail, map reading, listening to the Paston dramas on the audio trails or having a picnic. Art, poetry, stories and music often get their inspiration from the countryside.

 

You can extend your walk experience by doing children's activities, all-age creative activities or heritage research after you get home. 

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L is for learning

The Paston letters unlock

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National Curriculum

World in which we live today        Why not learn about the local history around you or the flowers you can see or birds you can hear?

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K is for keepsakes

What will you bring back from your walk? A leaf? A new historical fact? A souvenir from a church? Inspiration for creative writing? Or simply an appreciation of the beauty around you. Perhaps you will take a photo to capture the moment and share a picture with us? Tag #pastonfootprints

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E is for environment

The beautiful Norfolk landscape and local wildlife is best encountered by foot. Paston countryside offers an intriguing tapestry of trees, plants and eco-systems. On your carbon footprint friendly activity, you could be pro-active in caring for the environment by doing a bit of litter picking. Or engage all your senses and tune fully into your environment, creating an immersive connection to your walk. From beaches to forests to country lanes, each walk has its own magical atmosphere that will change with the seasons.

 

Explore the pictorial walk overviews on the places tab or follow us on Instagram for uplifting pictures of Norfolk's beautiful landscapes.

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R is for re-imagining

Every landscape and every track retain memories which can be revisited from the earliest through to recent times. Our heritage trails enable you to experience walking in the Paston family footsteps and uncover their stories in a creative and immersive way. Check our heritage walk pages for more.

Paston Walking Styles

Fleeing the putrid Norwich air, trailing around London markets to find treacle, or foraging for herbs mark coping strategies to deal with pestilence. Going to church, walking around tenants’ lands and to the markets are daily living routines. Travels between houses tell stories of family dynamics and social ambitions. Scribal networks, conveyancing of letters, and walks to lend books map literary networks. Royal entries and funeral processions speak to ritual walking. Hidden walks for lovers to meet, fleeing domestic abuse, and encountering boisterous neighbours take place. Unexpected walls blocking paths, feeling invading foreigners along the coastal path expose angers and contested walks. Refusing to walk out of your home under siege reveals personality! ​

 

How would you describe the types of walking you have done in the past 24 hours?

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