I went for a walk in the woods in the first week of the year. Down by the quiet place where I park my car there is, improbably, a scattering of giant sequoias, the spellbinding, sky-tending redwoods of the High Sierra of the Californian West.
Good path work in recent years has meant that what was often a bog fest followed by an ungainly clamber up a scree is now a much more pleasant walk from the Glen Clova Hotel to Loch Brandy and up on to the promontory known as The Snub.
Children need to get outside to play, exercise and enjoy themselves. The knock-on benefits are endless – from making them fitter to stopping a rise in short-sightedness from youngsters staring at phones rather than their wider surroundings.