If the idea of lying by a pool and eating the same food every night for fourteen days fills you with dread and your bank balance doesn’t support your dreams of international jaunts, there is hope yet. There are great times to be had in the UK and on the plus side; the sun’s appearance (or lack of it!) doesn’t matter so much.
The UK has an abundance of choices for holidays for those whose worst nightmare is a sun-lounger. If you’re active, seeking adventure and up for a challenge then why not consider one of the many places in the UK that cater to this sort of person?
A good place to start would be the Lake District, famed for its beautiful landscape and outdoor activities you really will be spoiled for choice. As well climbing and hiking there’s canoeing, kayaking, sailing, mountain biking as well as others.
If you’re new to this sort of thing, a really enjoyable way to ease your way into an active holiday is with hiking. It’s less strenuous on the body and mind than, say, kayaking! With superb greenery, landscape and quaint villages to discover you’ll forget you’re even immersed in an ‘activity’ and simply enjoy your surroundings.
A good idea is to plan your route and make it a round trip with a pub or restaurant approximately half-way round. That way you can combine lunch or your evening meal with your day’s activities.
As well as planning your route, it’s important to plan what you’re wearing and what you’re carrying with you. There’s nothing more distressing than being on a hike with friends or family, in a beautiful place with great weather but your feet are killing you. It’s worth spending the time to find a good pair of walking boots that fit you well and are weather-tolerant.
Brasher boots have a good range of lightweight walking boots that have memory foam ankle support and are soft, supple and waterproof, and Millet Sports have a great Brasher range, as well as many other walking and hiking boots and shoes. Ankle support is important if you’re taking on some rough terrain such as rocks and a more ‘hilly’ route. This will help to prevent you from twisting your ankle and ruining your holiday.
Other vital accompaniments to a hike is a bottle of water, enough for the length of your walk (how many hours will you be out?) and the difficulty of it. It’s also advisable to carry cash with you, especially important if you’ve forgotten the all-important water but will come in handy if you pass a welcoming looking pub.