Holidays may look a little different this year, but take it as an opportunity to boost your wellbeing and explore the UK on one of these fun-filled activity breaks
Soak in the sights on a walking holiday
Plenty of the UK’s walking routes are just as transporting as any trip abroad. Take the West Highland Way, with its imposing mountains and tranquil lochs, or Hadrian’s Wall, steeped in history and surrounded by a beautiful landscape. Not only is walking a wonderfully soothing way to explore some of the UK’s best sights, it’s also great for your health, improving cardiovascular fitness as well as strengthening muscles and bones. Take the headache out of organising a walking holiday by booking with a company that sorts out the route, finds accommodation and even transports your luggage for you, such as Macs Adventure. Then all you have to do is lace up your walking boots and go!
Explore new territory with a cycling break
Whether you’re a dedicated cyclist with padded shorts and cleated shoes or can’t remember the last time you wrestled your bike out of the garage, there is a UK cycling holiday for you. Check out Saddle Skedaddle, which helpfully organises its cycling breaks by difficulty level, as well as highlighting family-friendly routes (hey, it’s one way to get the kids tired enough by bedtime). Cycling is a low-impact sport, so perfect for getting sweaty while still protecting your joints. And what could be lovelier than pedalling past picture-postcard villages in the Yorkshire Wolds, or through breathtaking Northumberland scenery? Except ending your day with a slap-up pub meal, of course.
Be active beside the seaside
Did you know that the closer people live to the coast the healthier they report feeling? We can all get a little slice of that rejuvenating fresh air with a sporty holiday by the sea, whether that’s learning to surf in Cornwall, Devon or Pembrokeshire, or a beachside yoga break enjoying morning sun salutations to the sound of lapping waves. St Michael’s Resort in Falmouth even offers wild swimming holidays, where you can learn open water swimming skills from the experts. And you don’t have to be beside the seaside to embrace a watery adventure – The Sharpham Trust has canoeing retreats, designed to enhance your connection with nature.
Words: Sophie Hines