As soon as annual leave finally arrives and the time comes to book that all important summer break, most people flock to the nearest summer beach to lie around and do as little as possible for a week. That’s all well and good, it’s nice to lie in the sun, but what about those amongst you that want a more active break? Those people who want to make the most of their time away from their desk and really do something on their break.
Thankfully, we in the UK are blessed with some of the greatest outdoor spaces in the world, all offering an abundance of active alternatives allowing you to get the most out of your time off.
Hiking is a great way to keep fit, see the beauty of the British countryside and feel like you’ve achieved something at the end of it. Throughout England, Scotland, Northern Ireland and Wales, we’re spoilt for choice on top hiking locations. One of the best, and regarded as quite a challenge, is The Old Man of Coniston in The Lake District. It’s not the highest peak in The Lakes but it is rather formidable. At 2276ft, it’s uphill most of the way but don’t let all that hard work stop you from appreciating the rather splendid sights. For something a little more family friendly that the children can enjoy too, take on the rocky outcrop known as The Roaches in the Peak District.
With the Tour de France’s UK Grande Départ on the horizon, cycling has gripped the nation and become the new ‘in thing’. With that in mind, why not hit the road yourself and see what all the fuss is about? Whether you’re attempting an established cycling route or just pedalling around your local country roads, it can be a really fun way of getting active during your time off. It’s also a great excuse to pack a picnic and drag the kids away from the technology. Some of the best locations for cycling in the UK are the Tudor Trail in Kent and the Way of the Roses in East Yorkshire.
For those requiring a little more adrenaline in their activities, water sports offer as much excitement as you could possibly need. Whether surfing on the Cornish coast, kayaking on Lake Windermere or white-water rafting in the Scottish Highlands, there’s a great selection to choose from even if you’re just a beginner. Most places offer training too so you’ll have the chance to try your hand at everything. One of the top places to visit it the Cotswold’s Water Park. Whether you’re there as an individual, a large group or with the family, they offer a huge range of activities to get involved in over an extended weekend with Superbreak.
There are some great activity breaks available throughout the UK, perfect for if you don’t want the hassle of finding your own lakes, hills and cycle routes. UK based Adventure Park, Go Ape has become the place to go if you want a fun an active break. With zip wires, Segway’s, tree-top challenges and more, it’s something you can enjoy with either your friends or your family. There are 29 of the parks in the UK so if you want to stay close to home or travel further away, there’s guaranteed to be one nearby. Plus, they’re based in some of the country’s finest forest areas – ideal for exploring with younger ones.
So, if instead of lounging on a beach you want to get out and about during your time off, make sure you explore the great outdoors on our very own British Isles.
About the author:
Victoria S. is a passionate travel writer with great experience of European destinations. Her recent adventures have included Amsterdam, Portugal and Paris, but the real dream is to venture further afield and travel around New Zealand