The Great Outdoors

22 January 2021

From stunning panoramas to vast lakes and waterways, beautiful green landscapes to architectural landmarks, there is so much the UK has to offer. Away from the tourist trails discover hidden coves, beautiful beaches, and spectacular mountain scenery. The wide-open spaces across the UK give you the opportunity to maintain your distance from others while focusing on quality time with your loved ones and a wealth of outdoor activities.


This Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty is an idyllic region for those looking to get closer to nature and enjoy the simple beachside life. The coastline is home to countless stunning beaches, many offering opportunities for both land and water-based sports such as windsurfing and kite surfing. Beadnell Bay has its own sailing club or try your hand at surfing with lessons at the Northside Surf School in Amble.

Don’t miss a trip to Kielder Forest, home to the biggest manmade lake in Northern Europe and the largest working forest in England. The miles of purpose-built trails with forest walks and dedicated cycle trails are suitable for all the family.

Good to know: Derwent Manor Hotel is ideally located in the stunning Northumberland countryside overlooking the Derwent Valley combining the luxury of a country house with all the amenities of a modern hotel.

The Lake District

The Lake District National Park is widely known as one of the best places in the UK for walking and cycling as well as numerous other outdoor activities. From flat cycle paths and tarn walks to iconic mountain ascents, there is something for every ability. If you’re looking for extra thrills, try the Via Ferrata Xtreme in Honister, an adrenaline-pumping experience which takes you to a height of 2,066ft via a cliff-side adventure of iron ladders, steel cables and cargo nets. Expect some of the best views in the Lake District when you reach the top.

There’s no shortage of lovely towns and villages to explore. Visit the bustling market town of Keswick or the peaceful town of Ullswater, the perfect starting point for those wishing to take on Helvellyn, one of the finest ridge walks in the world.

Good to know: The contemporary Linthwaite House is set in 14 acres of established gardens with stunning Windermere views. Stay in luxurious accommodation, with many of the bedrooms overlooking the lakes and gardens and dine in the Simon Rogan restaurant, featuring a menu of small plates and sharing dishes influenced by chefs around the world.

The New Forest

This beautiful area of the UK is a haven for outdoor lovers with options for walking, cycling, camping and sailing. One of the attractions of the New Forest is its 43 miles of glorious coastline offering luxury sunset cruises, adrenalin rush rib rides and the south coast’s first water-skiing and wakeboarding cable system.

There are over 140 miles of car-free cycle tracks and footpaths to choose from as well as plenty of cycle-friendly accommodation along the way. From shorter family-friendly routes to longer and more challenging itineraries which can be done over several days, there’s plenty on offer.

Good to know: Located in the Georgian market town of Lymington, Macdonald Elmers Court Resort is the perfect base for exploring the New Forest. The magnificent 23-acre country estate offers spacious accommodation, indoor and outdoor heated swimming pools and a state-of-the-art spa giving you plenty of time to relax and unwind.


The outdoor adventure capital of North Wales, Snowdonia has so much to offer for those who love the great outdoors! There’s golf, cycling, walking, award-winning beaches and of course, the highest mountain in England and Wales; Snowdon. If the climb to the top isn’t for you then take a trip on the Snowdon Mountain Railway, a trip 1,085 metres above sea level with fabulous panoramic views.

The beautiful Bala and Penllyn are surrounded by mountains, thick forests, deep valleys, and waterfalls offering spectacular views of the area often known as the Welsh Lake District.

Good to know: Many companies across Snowdonia offer outdoor adventure for all. Discover waterfalls and secret pools on a gorge walk or take an exciting journey along the coastline, scrambling along cliffs and swimming in the sea on a coasteering adventure.

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