Take a Virtual Tour of the U.K.’s Fairy Tale-Worthy Bluebell Woods

updated May 9, 2020
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A moment in nature can be refreshing, even if it’s a virtual one, experienced through your screen. In a video shared by the U.K.’s National Trust, birds chirp, the early morning sun shines through the trees, and flowers shiver gently in the breeze. It’s not a real-life hike, but it’s still beautiful and calming.

The video offers a virtual tour of the U.K.’s bluebell woods, where the purple flowers form a carpet over the grass. “Bluebells take a long time to get established,” explains the National Trust website, “so if you come across a thick swathe of them it’s often a sign that you’re walking through an ancient woodland.”

Bluebells grow throughout Western Europe, but the U.K. has about half the world’s population. They take five to seven years to begin flowering, and they’re easily damaged, so it’s against the law in the U.K. to pick them.

Even if you live half the world away from these bluebell woods, you can experience their delicate beauty through the virtual tour below.

“There’s plenty of scientific evidence that being out in nature is hugely beneficial to our health and wellbeing, but recent studies have shown that just looking at images of nature can also help to reduce stress levels,” says the National Trust’s website. “If you’re searching for a way to relax, why not escape to a virtual bluebell wood with the help of this ‘slow TV’ video? Simply put your headphones on and let yourself be transported.”

We’re feeling a tiny bit calmer already.