Woodland Sessions

Woodland Connections at Shining Cliff Woods is a collaboration between Shining Cliff Centre CIC and Bonnie McNabb from All About the Calm. We offer regular woodland sessions for children and adults, and special events throughout the year, like our Family Halloween Fun and our holiday children’s sessions.

All our sessions are aimed at supporting our wellbeing, through the 5 Steps to Wellbeing (Be Active, Keep Learning, Take Notice, Connect, Give)

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Be Nurtured by Nature

Whether you are feeling the stress and strain of life, you enjoy a dose of nature well-being to keep on top of feeling good, or you just enjoy being in the great outdoors, this day in the woods is for you.

These Be Nurtured by Nature Days are flexible to suit your needs and interests. You are welcome to arrive in the morning and stay for the whole day or just come to one or two parts of the day. Please read the following information about what is included. The ticket price is the same, just £5 for however much of the day you join.


Forest Bathing

Throughout the year Kate & Bonnie lead guided Forest Bathing walks in Shining Cliff woodland.

Enjoy the calming effect of spending time in nature. Reduce stress and anxiety with guided mindful moments, take time to slow down, reconnect with yourself and with nature. Engage your senses and feel the busy day melt away.


Grith Pioneer Woodland Volunteer days

Shining Cliff hostel is owned by the Grith Pioneers, a charity with the aim of protecting, improving and conserving the physical and natural environment of the land owned for the benefit of the public.

The charity is made up of members, they hold a regular AGM and welcome volunteers to their regular work days in the woods, carrying out tasks to help them maintain this beautiful woodland.

For more information on getting involved, becoming a member and helping out with the woodland management contact grithpioneers@gmail.com


Fettle, Kettle & Cake Volunteer sessions.

These free monthly Tuesday sessions provide a space for you to have some time-out in the woodland, having a go at a variety of woodland management tasks or helping to maintain the hostel grounds, meeting new people and enjoying a cuppa with some cake!

Tasks can include woodland maintenance, such as coppicing, path repairs, maintaining ditches, rhododendron pulling, sign maintenance & litter picking. Tasks may also involve helping to care for the grounds of Shining Cliff hostel.


Women’s Circle.

Join us for a magical gathering at Shining Cliff Woods! The Woodland Women’s Circle is a special event where we come together to share, listen and connect with nature, ourselves and each other.

This in-person event offers a safe space for women of all ages to unwind, recharge, and find inspiration. Whether you’re seeking solace, friendship, or simply a break from the hustle and bustle of daily life, the Woodland Women’s Circle is the perfect opportunity to nurture your mind, body, and soul.


Bespoke Woodland sessions.

Shining Cliff Centre C.I.C, in partnership with Bonnie McNabb of ‘All About the Calm’ offers bespoke woodland sessions tailored to your group requirements. These bespoke sessions can be for hostel groups, people hiring the Beech Hut or any group wanting to simply come and enjoy the woodland for the day and have a bespoke session tailored to your needs.

If you have an idea in mind, for your company, friends, family or community group then please get in touch to discuss what we can offer you.

Activities offered can include forest bathing, guided woodland walks, practical conservation tasks, learning or building on skills such as using tools for simple woodland crafts, learning to build and cook on an outdoor fire, treasure hunts, birthday parties, team building games and activities, providing support to become confident at spending time in a woodland setting. We are open to ideas and suggestions and can tailor a session to meet your group’s needs.