UK activity holiday ideas

Whether you're an art-lover, an adrenalin junkie or family looking for a fun-filled staycation, the UK has plenty to offer when it comes to activity holidays. So if you're planning a Great British break, here are a few ideas to inspire you.

UK activity holiday ideas
UK activity holiday ideas

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The varied landscape of the UK means it's a wonderful place to explore on foot. From Cornish coastal paths to Highland hikes, fabulous views and wild countryside await. There are a number of holiday companies in the UK that cater specifically for walkers, most including accommodation along your chosen route. Keen ramblers may like to try Snowdonia National Park, the Scottish Highlands or the ever-popular Lake District. Those looking for a gentler stroll should consider the rolling hills of the Cotswolds or Kent.

Another great way to take in the breathtaking scenery the UK has to offer is on two wheels. Once again, there are holidays to cater for everyone, whether you're up for a tough mountain bike challenge, or a gentle pedal through country lanes or forest paths. Most cycling holiday companies also arrange accommodation for your self-guided tour and the great thing is that whatever your age or ability, you can take things at your own pace.

If pedal-power is not your thing, why not take an entirely different kind of saddle. Walk, trot or canter through the dramatic Yorkshire Dales, take a five-day trek along the Pennine Bridleway Trail or gallop along miles of sandy Pembrokeshire beach. Most equestrian holidays cater for beginners and experienced riders, so don't be put off if you've only ever sat on a donkey at Blackpool beach. For the more experienced horseman or woman, you can even experience the adventure of a cattle drive on Dartmoor.

Get wet
Rivers, canals, lakes, seas, this green and pleasant land is criss-crossed with and surrounded by water. So why not make the most of it? Kayak on the River Severn, ride the surf at Newquay, or experience the thrill of white water rafting in Wales. Many kayaking, canoeing and rafting centres also run other activities, from archery and clay pigeon shooting to abseiling and climbing and these make for a great family holiday, as there is something for everyone, no matter how young or old.

Get skills
For those who prefer to take things a little easier on their hols, a break combined with a course of your choice might be the way to go. Master your watercolours in the Peak District, photograph the stunning Cornwall coast or get your hands dirty with a pottery course in Suffolk. If, on the other hand, the way to your heart is through your stomach, there is a wealth of cookery breaks across the UK, including beginner's classes, lessons for kids or even the chance to develop those culinary skills at the world famous Manoir Aux Quat' Saisons.