Barefoot at Kew Gardens

barefoot walk Kew gardens

barefoot walk Kew gardens

You have over 7,000 nerve endings in each of your feet.  We have been putting them to good use with a real tingle, thanks to Kew Garden’s barefoot walk.

We have come across barefoot experiences in a small village in Austria, and again, this summer around a mountainside lake in Switzerland, and we think it is great they are now appearing in the UK. Most of us know how it feels to walk across a sandy beach or feel the cool dew on the grass when we tip toe in the garden in the early morning.  Until recently that has been the limit of our barefoot experience.  So well done to Kew Gardens for creating this wonderful walk.

Kew Gardens Barefoot Walk

Kew Gardens Barefoot Walk

If you are a barefoot virgin then you have to take off socks and shoes.  Bare legs up to the knees are also advisable.  You then walk, stand, run, skip or dance on the various textures and surfaces that you encounter.

Kew gardens Barefoot Walk

Kew gardens Barefoot Walk

My sons favourite part was of course the mud (Note to self – next opportunity maybe we should get those wellies off and just go barefoot)  Of course, our noses were also working overtime here.

Kew gardens Barefoot Walk

We had a go at the section where you had to close your eyes and trust your other senses to guide you.  In some ways this was the part I found most difficult.  The experience was very isolating and a bit scary.

Kew gardens Barefoot Walk

Washing all that mud off at the end was a sensory experience in itself.  Our feet felt beautiful, though it was definitely bathtime that evening.

We are linking up this post with Countrykids at Coombemill and with the Outdoor Play Party

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9 Responses to Barefoot at Kew Gardens

  1. Coombe Mill - Fiona August 23, 2014 at 4:59 pm #

    Such a great experience and definitely a way to get up and personal with nature! An all round sensory experience and fun too, thanks for linking up and sharing with Country Kids.

  2. Kriss MacDonald August 23, 2014 at 5:07 pm #

    This sounds like a brilliant way to connect your senses with nature and outdoors! #countrykids

  3. Heledd August 24, 2014 at 1:46 am #

    What fun! We don’t live too far from Kew Gardens and it’s on our list of places to visit. This post has just promoted it to the top of my list.

    Heledd xxx

  4. Merlinda Little (@pixiedusk) August 25, 2014 at 3:50 pm #

    Looks so organic! I love this and I wish we have something like this near us. Or maybe we can do some trail of our own =) #countrykids

  5. Kierna August 27, 2014 at 7:08 pm #

    Oh I love your post by I have a real thing about feet so don’t think this would be my idea of fun!!

  6. Mama Herself August 28, 2014 at 9:36 am #

    Oh my! I had no idea this was at Kew. What a great kid-friendly idea! And what a great excuse taking kids around it will be…

  7. Leila - Mud Mud Marvellous Mud August 28, 2014 at 12:58 pm #

    Wow, this looks amazing!! I’m visiting just for this. lol! Thanks for sharing at the Outdoor Play Party :-)

  8. Sarah August 30, 2014 at 7:14 pm #

    Oh wow, I adore this! Scrolling through your photographs brought back memories of many bare foot sensory experiences in my life thus far. A great initiative and wonderful that you all experienced it with such enthusiasm.

  9. Gillian Candler September 13, 2014 at 5:11 am #

    What a great idea to create a special barefoot walk. Even in New Zealand where going barefoot is part of summer, although maybe less so now for city children, it would still be fun to set up different textures. Especially with the blindfold challenge – for adults, as much as kids!