10 ideas for active weekends away in the UK
25th August 2020
We teamed up with Destination Downtime to give you our top picks for active weekends away right here in the UK.
The summer staycation has seen a substantial increase over the last few months, with an increasing amount of people opting to discover what’s on their doorstep. During these uncertain times and the risks associated with travelling abroad, the UK provides the perfect playground for the adventurous to explore.
Sit back and get inspired by these active staycation recommendations, for a weekend to remember, right here in the UK.
1. Wild Swimming in Cumbria
Immerse yourself in Cumbria’s glacial ribbon lakes whilst experiencing an invigorating wild swim. There are plenty of online guides and books to help you find the best location to take a dip, as well as a variety of stores offering wetsuit hire. Before going wild swimming make sure you check the current, gauge the depth, don’t get too cold and have the correct equipment.
2. Kayaking in Buckinghamshire
You will be spoilt for choice on The River Thames when scouting out your perfect kayaking location. Home to the historic market town of Marlow, this beautiful location is definitely worth exploring by water, and you will be rewarded with panoramic views of some of the most impressive riverbank properties. There are plenty of places to hire kayaking equipment along The River Thames but remember to check the current times before you set off.
3. SUP in Somerset
The River Avon offers a picturesque and peaceful day out for paddleboarders. If you’re new to paddleboarding, it’s a great idea to head out on a river, before hitting the ocean, to practise your technique. Both Bath and Bristol are fantastic cities to explore for your staycation, especially if you want to achieve a good balance between outdoor activities and city exploring during your break.
4. Coasteering in Dorset
Home to the spectacular Jurassic Coast, Dorset is the perfect playground for the adventurous seeking to explore the coastline. You’ll witness this area of outstanding natural beauty from a totally different perspective. Make sure you are in the supervision of a qualified instructor when trying coasteering, as it can be highly dangerous if not done correctly.
5. Hiking in Derbyshire
For some awe-inspiring views, dust of your walking boots and head to the Peak District for your next active staycation. You will be spoilt for choice with walking routes covering over 555 square miles of the beautiful areas of Derbyshire, Yorkshire, Staffordshire and Cheshire. The Peak District has a diverse landscape made up of gently rolling slopes of pastureland and wild moorland.
6. Cycling in Edinburgh
Edinburgh is a very cycle-friendly city, with a network of off-road bike paths and on-road cycle lanes. By bike you will be able to cover a larger area than on foot, allowing you to take in all the sites this beautiful city has to offer. Edinburgh has previously been voted the fourth most beautiful city in the world, why not jump on a city cycle tour and see for yourself.
7. Scuba diving in Devon
Tick off an unforgettable bucket list experience with a trip to Lundy Island, situated off the North Coast of Devon. Lundy island is the perfect diving location to encounter grey seals and the chance to spot dolphins. Suitable for both novice and experienced divers, this is a staycation you will never forget.
8. Horse riding in Devon
Trotting along woodland trails, open moorland and bridleways, horse riding in Dartmoor is the perfect outdoor activity for any animal-loving adventurer. There are a number of riding schools in Dartmoor that offer horse riding experiences for both complete beginners and experienced riders. The perfect opportunity to try something a little different during your staycation, you will be rewarded with breath-taking views of Dartmoor National Park.
9. Rock climbing in Yorkshire
Brimham Rocks are a completely natural formation located in North Yorkshire. This destination offers one of the most interesting rock-climbing locations in the UK, with twisting tunnels and unique arches. The beautiful varied landscape is recommended for climbers with some experience seeking a new challenge.
10. Trail running in Carmarthenshire
The Brecon Beacons offers an exciting variation of terrain, a tick in the box for any experienced trail runner, with summits, valleys, ridges and rolling hills. If you enjoy road running why not try something a little different on your staycation? Throughout the year there are plenty of running events to get involved in, including community runs and marathons.
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11. Canoeing in Norfolk
The Norfolk Broads are home to more than 125 miles of lock-free waterways, with dramatic landscapes and endless horizons, the Norfolk Broads is the perfect location for an active city break on the water. Hiring a canoe here couldn’t be easier, with plenty of convenient locations to choose from depending on your desired location and activity duration. The calm waters, with little or no tidal movement, are perfect for beginners seeking a new adventure, whilst enjoying this tranquil location.
Head over the Destination Downtime to discover new adventures across the United Kingdom, built from a wealth of local knowledge, a love for the outdoors, and a passion for adventure.