Intrigued by the idea of a UK city break with an outdoorsy twist? Look no further. We’ve collated our favourite city-based activities. You’ll see the sights while enjoying the great outdoors, and see the UK’s best-loved cities in a whole new way. Between walking London’s canals, paintballing in the Eccles Forest or cycling the Taff Trail, we’re sure you’ll find your next outdoor adventure in a British city here.
This bird’s eye view of the city with houses perched on the steep hills and the verdant valleys of the surrounding countryside is a special way to see Bath. The dominant Georgian architecture comes into all its glory as the sun sets, the city glowing golden.
If you’ve never surfed before, you can stay closer to shore in the whitewash, while professionals can surf up to 2 metre waves further back. It’s a great day out for the family, and you can always watch the kids from the viewing platform if surfing isn’t for you.
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As you clock up some speed, don’t forget to take in the view – bonus points if you can spot France on your right! If heights really isn’t your thing and you managed to pluck up the courage, you might as well treat yourself to a congratulatory pint in the bar below.
The buildings quickly dissipate as the path weaves alongside rivers, then onto railway paths and forested roads. Just eight miles outside Cardiff is the 19th century Castell Coch. The Gothic Revival castle peeks out through the woods on the side of the hill. If cycling’s not for you, you can also walk this route but it will take a little longer.
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The main slope is 400m and has great views over Edinburgh from the top station. There is also a fun slope and jumps for those who want to give a 360 or a backflip a go. If you’re en-famille, the kids will definitely want to try tubing too.
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The footpath goes through Little Venice and past the chirping birds of Regents Park Zoo. Onwards through Camden food market and Coal Drops Yard in Kings Cross, both of which have plenty of spots to grab a bite to eat or a coffee. If you want to do part of this route on a stand up paddle board, you can book boards in Paddington or Hackney.
Wallasey Golf Club overlooks Liverpool Bay and is set between the dunes, while the prestigious Royal Lytham & St Annes Golf club is a dream come true for every golfer.
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Onward to Dunston Staithes, where your guide will show you the cityscape and you can identify the city’s landmarks. On the way back, you can relax a little as the tide turns, making it easier to get back to the city.
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