Outdoor activities can make you feel energised and alive again. The last few years have been challenging, to say the least. International travel is still a little uncertain, with some countries going back into lockdown and others opening up. Many Brits still feel nervous about travelling outside the UK. Fortunately, there are plenty of adventure holidays all around the UK. You just need to know where to look.
Embrace your inner Bear Grylls next summer and embark on a new adventure. Step outside your comfort zone and try some of these outdoor activities.
Mountain biking is the perfect way to explore the UK’s national parks. You can venture down impressive bike trails and admire the scenery around you. Head to Cannock Chase in Staffordshire to try out their freshly renovated bike routes. If you’re a more experienced rider, make sure to try out the infamous ‘Dog Trail’ route.
North Wales is home to a fantastic mountain biking trail too. Coed Y Brenin has plenty of bike hire facilities and trails to choose from. There are routes for all abilities – from beginners to advanced bikers. Just make sure to wear the correct clothing and safety gear, such as a helmet and knee pads. If you experience an injury that wasn’t your fault on the trail, contact a solicitor for advice.
Perhaps hiking is more your style, and you enjoy exploring natural landscapes on your own two feet. The Lake District is one of the best-hiking destinations in the UK. You could climb the tallest mountain in England, Scafell Pike. There’s often a crowd of walkers leaving Wasdale for the shortest route to the summit. However, the north side is far less crowded and way more scenic. The nine-mile trail is called the Corridor Route, and it stretches through the valley to the summit’s boulder field.
Or you could embark on the coast to coast from St Bees Head on the Irish Sea to Robin Hood’s Bay on the North Sea. The walking route for the coast to coast differs from the cycling challenge. You can pass through the Lake District, Yorkshire Dales and much more.
Try open water swimming
Open water swimming is not for the faint-hearted. It is dangerous to swim in cold water, so you need to know your limits. Don’t jump into shallow water and wear a wetsuit in colder conditions. Open water swimming can increase your energy and improve your immune system. Just make sure to warm up after you have been for a swim and try to stick to the warmer months. Open water swimming in the snow can be very dangerous.
Outdoor activities can inject a little adventure into your summer holiday next year. Challenge yourself to try a new activity and overcome one of your fears.