There’s no doubt about it: winter is the most magical season of them all. Not just because it’s the season of all-things-festive, but because the winter weather transforms the great outdoors into something resembling a scene from Narnia.
While it can be tempting to stay snuggled indoors when it’s bitter outside, we think that would be a real waste of winter! We’re bigger fans of wrapping up warm, filling our flasks with a hot beverage, getting out there and embracing it! Are you with us? Great. Here are five, fun outdoor activities we think you should get involved with this winter:
Canyoning – Brecon Beacons
Heard of canyoning? It essentially involves travelling down river canyons by abseiling, jumping, scrambling, floating and swimming (the list goes on). It sounds pretty hardcore but it’s actually relatively easy, and as a plus, it’s all downhill! Wales’ Brecon Beacons are a top spot for canyoning, with numerous tour operators to chose from.
Horse riding – Scottish highlands
The Scottish Highlands are famed for their horseback riding tours, and if you ask us, there’s no better time to enjoy a leisurely hack on this rugged terrain than during winter. Book an early morning or mid-afternoon slot and ride with the sun rising or setting beside you – and prepare to be swept away by those awe-inspiring views!
Mountain biking – BikePark Wales
Wales gets another mention on our list as it’s the perfect place to tear up some trials on a mountain bike! BikePark Wales is built by riders, for riders, and is the first full-scale bike park in the heart of the South Wales valleys. There are routes for all ages and abilities, and if you aren’t a fan of climbs, you can always book yourself on the uplift. Slipping and sliding on those rocks and routes can be kept to a minimum by making sure those tyres are pumped to the right pressure!
Coastal walking – Marazion to Porthleven
The Marizon to Porthleven coastal route is arguably one of Cornwall’s best walks. Located in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, it offers fantastic views of Mount Bay and the enchanting castle on St Michael’s Mount. It’s a relatively easy trek but does involve a few climbs; it’s also ten miles long, so be sure to wear some sturdy walking boots! Once you’ve passed through gorgeous, sandy beaches, you’ll end up in the quaint fishing village of Porthleven, which itself has received status of being a Site of Special Scientific Interest.
Go Ape – 31 locations across the UK
Come swing with us before we go into hibernation! The canopy will protect you from the elements as you make your way from platform to platform, overcoming any obstacle in your path. You’ll wobble across bridges, crawl through tunnels, clamber up nets and whoosh through the air on zip wires! Go Ape is a wonderful, wintertime activity and with 31 locations across the UK, there’s bound to be a course near you!