Getting outside and staying active does not have to be reduced to just the summer months. There are plenty of opportunities to get outside in the winter months too!
1. Walking Challenge
Challenge yourself this winter by doing a walking challenge. The Yorkshire 3 Peaks consists of Pen-y-ghent, Ingleborough & Whernside. It is advisable to spread the walk over several days to make the most of the daylight hours.
Where to stay: 3 Peaks Bunkbarn
Situated in Horton, Ribbleshead, 3 Peaks Bunkbarn is beloved by all outdoor enthusiasts. It is in the ideal location to climb the Yorkshire 3 Peaks and its modern facilities will be a welcome sight after a long day hiking.
2. Rock climbing
Climbing is excellent in crisp conditions. The cooler temperatures mean you are less sweaty and can grip the rock better. And when you are knackered and the sun goes down mid-afternoon, it means you can hit the pub early!
Where to stay: Skye Basecamp
Skye Basecamp is run by climbers for climbers. It is the only truly alpine environment in Britain and has been a mecca for climbers and walkers for over 150 years. There is also superb rock climbing right around the 1000-mile coast-line.
3. Wild swimming
Some people swear by the benefits of cold water swimming, such as boosting the immune system, improving circulation and giving you a natural high. Why not try it out for yourself by taking a bracing dip in one of the UK’s popular wild swimming destinations this winter?
Where to stay: White Peris Lodge
White Peris Lodge in Snowdonia is just a stones throw from Llyn Padarn, a glacially formed lake at the foot of Mount Snowdon. This lake is so popular for wild swimming it is often called “the local swimming pool. Llyn Padarn’s waters have been designated as bathing water by Gwynedd council and meet the highest EU guidelines.
4. Mountain Biking
Mountain biking in the winter months can be exhilarating. Make the most of the quieter trails and challenging conditions by honing your skills. Just be sure to wrap up warm and have the necessary safety equipment.
Where to stay: Comrie Croft
Comrie Croft hostel in Perthshire is a paradise for mountain bikers. There are making biking facilities on site such as a bike park, a bike shop for hire and repairs (including e-bikes) and enticingly named bike trails such as Forest Stump and The Muddy Rut which are suited for a range of abilities and are very well sign-posted.
5. Dog Sledding
While dog sledding is mostly attributed to Scandinavian countries, that doesn’t mean there aren’t plenty of opportunities to try out dog sledding here in the UK! So wrap up warm and get ready to learn how to MUSH!
Where to stay: Station Cottage Collwall
Station Cottage Collwall is s a small eco hostel nestling adjacent to a nature reserve at the foot of the Malvern Hills in the village of Colwall on the Herefordshire/ Worcestershire border. It is also close to Arctic Quest, Gloustershire who offers husky rides for a variety of skill sets and budgets.