It’s that time of year again where we decide what changes we want to make for the new year ahead. Being healthier and getting fitter are two of the most popular New Year’s Resolutions year on year; so how about an active holiday to keep you on track and inject some fun into your new resolution? The UK is blessed with miles upon miles of coastline, National Parks and Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty to explore. Getting out in the fresh air with beautiful surroundings might be the inspiration you need, rather than slogging it out in the gym. If this sounds like your cup of tea, we have some of the best spots in the UK to get active this year. From water sports on the Isle of Wight to skiing in Scotland, an active holiday can give you something to look forward to and keep you on track when motivation starts to wane!
1. New Forest
The New Forest, Hampshire, is a wonderful National Park with a wealth of possibilities for getting active in 2019. This National Park is especially well known for its wild horse and ponies; as well as its rather magical, old-worldy surroundings. One perfect way to get active here would be horse riding, so check out the New Forest’s best riding schools and centres to do just that! Whether you are a complete beginner or more advanced, you will be catered for. Other options include walking, cycling, golf or swimming off of the New Forest’s very own beach. With such beautiful views, it’s easier to go outside and get active.
2. The Wild Atlantic Way
The Wild Atlantic Way will take you on a stunning journey along the west coast of Ireland for over 1,600 miles. This dramatic landscape has endless possibilities when it comes to upping that daily step-count. One alternative option is to cycle varying portions of the Way, or perhaps stop off and, if you’re a bit of thrill seeker, rock climb up the sea stacks along the way. These sea stacks can only be reached by kayak, and it is a dangerous climb so definitely don’t go alone! Top it all off with an adrenaline-fuelled jump into the sea.
Scotland might just be the best place for enjoying an active outdoors holiday. The rugged landscape here offers endless inspiration to get out and explore because let’s face it, you wouldn’t want to miss it! However, Scotland has made this shortlist for its wealth of snow sports opportunities. The snow here isn’t quite as reliable as the glaciers of the alps, so be sure to check the conditions before you go. You should be able to ski, snowboard or sledge within the UK for much less than heading abroad.
4. Isle of Wight
The Isle of Wight has plenty of opportunities to get active, whether you’d like to head out to sea, or prefer to keep your feet planted firmly on the ground. Freshwater Bay, in particular, is a great place to visit if you want to give water sports a go. From kayaking, and paddle-boarding to coasteering and aqua zorbing there are plenty of ways to get active. Whether you’re trying something new, or you’re an old hat, there’s plenty of fun to be had.
5. Lake District
The Lake District is a real gem. This National Park has endless opportunities for getting active and the landscape here is beautiful; another great reason to get out and explore the area. Many of the lakes offer the option to swim, canoe or kayak; although many people will prefer to wait for warmer days before heading out into the water. You can also explore the rest of the Lake District by foot or bike.