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The summer staycation has seen a substantial increase over the last few months, with an increasing amount people booking activity breaks in the UK and opting to discover what’s on their doorstep. During these uncertain times and the risks associated with traveling abroad, the UK provides the perfect playground for the adventurous to explore.

Sit back and get inspired with these active staycation recommendations, for a holiday to remember, right here in the UK.

Activity Breaks in the UK Destination Downtime


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.


The River Avon offers a picturesque and peaceful day out for paddleboarders. If you’re new to paddle boarding, 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.


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.


It goes without saying that the Cotswolds are a fantastic location to get outdoors exploring on foot. With an abundance of chocolate box cottages and quaint cobbled streets, The Cotswolds are a staycation that everybody can enjoy no matter what your walking ability. The Cotswolds are a location that can be enjoyed whatever the weather. Reward yourself after your long walk with a roast dinner in a cosy local pub in the winter or, in the summer enjoy a scenic and sunny picnic spot.


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.


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.


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.


The turquoise oceans of Cornwall attract plenty of Brits every year in search of sandy beaches and unbroken sunshine. Exposed to the Atlantics swells, the UK’s surf capital is one of the most popular destinations for activity breaks in the UK. Many of the surfing hot spots offer lessons for all abilities to get involved in the sport. As well as getting active in the ocean, Cornwall offers the opportunity to embark on a slower pace of life during your break, allowing you to take the time to unwind and escape the hustle and bustle of city life.


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.


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.


The Beacon 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.


The Norfolk Broads are home to more than 125 miles of lock free waterways, with dramatic landscapes and endless horizons, the Norfolk Broads are 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.

Do you know any fantastic activity breaks in the UK? Please share in the comments below. 

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