Now is the time to put to one side thoughts of cold dark winter nights and think instead about booking your next adventure holiday for 2019.
Britain has a wealth of activity opportunities. With hundreds of miles of coastline, cycle paths and walking routes to choose from, here are some of our favourite active escapes to help you enjoy an amazing new year.
Kayaking on the River Fowey, Cornwall
Fowey stands majestically overlooking the estuary towards the stunning South Cornish coast. A haven for wildlife, this is a great location for learner and experienced kayaker alike. Routes extend upstream towards the countryside or follow the estuary along the coast towards the sea.
You should be able to spot herons, cormorants and kingfishers as you glide across the water. There aren’t many better ways to immerse yourself in the essential beauty of Cornwall.
Kayaking is great for the whole family and there are various organisations that offer guided tours on the River Fowey.
Coasteering in Pembrokeshire, South Wales
The Pembrokeshire coast is simply spectacular. Much like its Cornish cousin, this stretch of coastline has been carved out by the wild Atlantic to create an amazingly dramatic seascape.
Britain’s only coastal national park boasts 180 miles of coastal path where you will find delightful coves and many golden sandy bays. This really is coasteering country, where you will come face to face with the raw power of the Atlantic with rock hopping, wild swimming, climbing and jumping from cliffs!
Experienced guides will help you relax and enjoy this adrenaline filled sport. And as you stay toasty warm in your wet suit, this is one holiday activity that the rain cannot spoil!
Cycling in the Lake District, Cumbria
The Lake District is a cyclist’s paradise with a range of challenging mountainous paths and gentle wooded trails set amongst some of England’s most stunning scenery.
Some of the best family trails are to be found at Grizedale Forest, where you will find miles of well-maintained paths amongst ancient oak and conifer trees along with strategically placed cafés for weary parents to recuperate! This is also one of the best places for wild off-road routes with a real sense of wilderness.
These bridleways are really a serious challenge for the hardy cyclist but the rewards are rich with unforgettable scenes across some of Britain’s most picturesque countryside.
Skiing in Aviemore, Scottish Highlands
Whilst recent cold winters in Britain may have been unwelcome for the majority of us, they have in turn signalled a renaissance in British skiing with the resort of Aviemore the destination of choice.
Many skiers and snowboarders have swapped the Alps for the beautiful Cairngorms to make the most of great skiing opportunities right here in Britain. Needless to say the region is one of the most dramatic mountain ranges in Britain with beautiful lochs, rivers and glens.
Set against this stunning Highland backdrop there are over 30km of well-maintained ski runs with a variety of options to suit beginner, intermediate and experienced skiers. If you are completely new to skiing the local ski school runs great courses for children and adults to allow you to get to grips to the sport closer to home.