7 Outdoor Activities to Try in 2017
With New Year’s Day just behind us, what better time to challenge yourself to try something new in 2017? Britain is brimming with outdoor activities, from mountain biking to surfing - or perhaps something a little more leisurely - there’s something for everyone! With so much natural beauty on our doorstep, outdoor activities provide the perfect opportunity to get fit, stay active and admire the UK’s stunning scenery. To get you started with your search for a New Year’s resolution, we’ve put together a guide to some of Britain’s best outdoor activities.
Coasteering in Cornwall
Climb, jump, swim and splash along the beautiful Cornish coastline by trying your hand at coasteering. This popular adventure sport is guaranteed to revive your senses. With a number of different routes to suit different skill and confidence levels, coasteering is open to all. From adrenaline packed scrambling and clifftop jumps to low intensity routes exploring the local wildlife, sea caves and rockpools, you can enjoy coasteering at your own pace - all within easy reach of Newquay’s town centre.
Whether you’re seeking thrills from clifftop jumps or just want to get a fresh perspective on the stunning Cornish coast, coasteering could be the perfect activity for you.
What are you waiting for? Leap into 2017 by booking a coasteering adventure during your next stay at Newquay Holiday Park.
Image courtesy of Newquay Activity Centre
Mountain Biking in the Scottish Highlands
If you’re looking for a new activity for 2017, mountain biking could be the perfect way to keep fit and experience the great outdoors. Scotland’s Cairngorms National Park is famous around the world for it’s challenging mountain biking trails, making it incredibly popular with enthusiasts and competitive mountain bikers alike. That’s not to say beginners aren’t welcome, though. In fact, the Glenlivet Estate is home to the 9km Blue Trail, ideal for first timers or younger riders - featuring plenty of smooth downhill tracks as well as exciting twists and turns.
Experience the thrill of the Red Trail and catch some serious air time, or take it at a leisurely pace and enjoy the stunning woodland scenery. Want to try before you buy? No problem, BikeGlenlivet has its very own on-site mountain bike hire centre.
Situated on the stunning north Scottish coastline, Nairn Lochloy is ideal for a holiday within easy reach of Cairngorms National Park.
Video sourced from Deveron53
Sail the Norfolk Broads
Sailing can be both exhilarating and relaxing, and once you try it, you’re guaranteed to be hooked. The sprawling waterways of the Norfolk Broads offer the perfect training grounds with calm water and sheltered lakes, making it the ideal place to try the sport. If you’re a complete beginner, why not sign up for a taster session at a local sailing school? With a range of beginner lessons and courses, as well as yacht hire, you might come back from your next trip to the Broads as a fully fledged water dog!
Experience the calm of the water with nothing but the wind in your sails and a smile on your face as you cruise through some of Britain’s best waterways on a traditional gaff-rigged wooden cruiser or modern yacht.
Vauxhall Holiday Park is just a short drive from the Norfolk Broads School of Sailing’s base at Upton Yacht Station, making it the perfect place to take to the water.
Video courtesy of Chris Watts / Eastwood Whelpton
Soar over the Isle of Wight
For the ultimate adrenaline rush, promising unbeatable views of the Isle of Wight's stunning natural landscape, why not take to the skies with a paragliding taster session? With tandem flights available for beginners or courses available to those wanting to take up the sport, the Isle of Wight is the ideal place to find your wings. With its milder southern climate, it provides the perfect training ground for beginners looking to get into the sport or those just wanting to experience the thrills of soaring above the island's iconic coastline.
If you take to the sport, you can progress your skills by completing a number of short courses, building confidence on level ground before soaring from the island’s slopes.
Feeling brave? Paragliding could be the perfect holiday highlight during a stay at one of our Isle of Wight holiday parks.
Video courtesy of tom court / High Adventure Paragliding
Kayak Cardigan Bay
Cardigan, or Ceredigion Bay in Wales is home to the UK’s largest population of bottlenose dolphins, as well plenty of other marine life, including the curious local grey seals. To get the best perspective of the beautiful bay and its underwater inhabitants, why not hire a sea kayak? With single and double seat kayaks available, as well as life jackets and warm wetsuits for hire - it’s the perfect active day out for families and couples.
Whether you want to get closer to the local wildlife, or you’re simply looking to find a new way to keep fit, kayaking is the perfect way to explore the Welsh coast.
Kayak hire is available from Borth Beach overlooking Cardigan Bay, just a short stroll from nearby Brynowen Holiday Park.
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White Water Thrills in Teesside
Nothing will get your heart racing more than a trip down the rapids at Tees Barrage International White Water Centre. Originally opening in 1995, this tidal powered artificial whitewater course has recently been redeveloped to include steeper rapids, a new conveyor belt to return visitors to the top of the course and pumps which allow it to operate at all times of the day - regardless of tidal patterns. White water rafting is the perfect family or group activity, accommodating up to 6 people per raft, offering thrills, challenges and fun in equal measure!
Whether you’re looking for a new sport or just want to try a fun activity, the rapids of the 300m Jubilee course and thrills of the steep 95m Diamond course are guaranteed to put a smile on your face.
Make sure you book a 2 hour rafting session on the rapids during your next stay at nearby Crimdon Dene Holiday Park.
Image courtesy of Tees Active Ltd
Conquer Cumbria’s Peaks
The rolling hills of the Lake District serve up some of the UK’s most picturesque scenery, making it the perfect backdrop for any outdoor activity. There’s no better place to take in the panoramic views of the surrounding hillside than by summiting some of the region’s highest peaks. Attracting walkers and hikers of all abilities from across the UK, the Lake District’s peaks and hillsides offer something for everyone. With Scafell Pike, Helvellyn and Skiddaw all higher than 3000ft, there are plenty of challenges to choose from in Cumbria.
Why not build your confidence by booking a guided walk up some of the region’s more challenging peaks? With experienced guides leading the way, you can pick up new skills and experience breathtaking views.
Nothing blows away the cobwebs like a hiking holiday in the Lake District, explore our holiday parks in the region and book an active break today.
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