Greaves Sports Greatest: Outdoor Activities
As the snow, ice and general glum wintery weather melt away to make room for spring, millions of people all over the UK have begun to dust off their outdoor wear and set out towards the fantastic countryside and coastlines that Britain has to offer.
Whether you prefer coast or country, there’s plenty of amazing outdoor activities just waiting to be discovered and enjoyed right across Scotland, England and Ireland. If you’re struggling for inspiration when it comes to things to do in the great outdoors, check out our top 5 of great outdoor activities that you should try.
One of the oldest means or sourcing foods since prehistoric times as well as one of the largest commercial activities worldwide, fishing is also a popular pastime and sport. Whether you’re competing professionally or enjoy fishing as a hobby, it’s a fantastic way to enjoy the outdoors. From the man-made fishing haven of the Norfolk Broads to wilder spots such as Scotland’s River Spey, there’s a whole strew of tranquil fishing locations to be enjoyed right across the UK.
One of the most widespread and commonly enjoyed outdoor pursuits, it’s with good reason that hiking is one of the UK’s more popular recreational activities. The beauty of living in Britain is that you’re a mere stone’s throw away from some of the most amazing natural beauty spots on earth, and there’s plenty of stunning locations to be explored. So, why not lace up your outdoor boots and explore the majesty of West Highland Way, taking in the views of Beinn Dorain, Glencoe and Loch Lomond to name a few, or take on the impressive peaks of Pennine Way?
Not one for the faint-hearted, rock climbing is an outdoor adventure that can give you unexpected, exclusive access to some of the UK’s best coastal scenery. Though the climbing novices among you should definitely log some hours on the climbing wall before heading to the nearest cliff face, there are some great intermediate spots to learn the ropes with as well as more challenging locations for the learned climber. We recommend packing up your rock climbing pants and checking out Land’s End at the very tip of Cornwall for thrilling climbing for all experience levels, or head to the cold peaks of Scotland’s Cairngorms for a variety of winter climbs and stunning vistas.
If tearing up wild terrain on foot is your thing, then trail running is among one of the most challenging and rewarding sports pursuits to undertake. There’s arguably no better way to take in the great outdoors than slipping on your trail shoes and taking to one of the UK’s amazing routes.
Among the finest you’ll find is The Howgill’s; this 6-mile long route is packed with spectacular sights and challenging terrain and lies on the edge of the Yorkshire Dales spanning to Cumbria. For those further south, conquering the 15-mile long route along Beachy Head is a must, soaking in the striking variation of terrain, from white chalk cliffs and lush woodland to babbling streams and shingle beaches.
Your outdoor activities don’t just have to be land-based, because here in the UK you’ll also find some of the world’s most stunning surf spots. The beauty of living in Britain is that it’s so easy to grab your wetsuit and your board, jump in the car and be at the coast in no time at all. The UK coastline is dotted with surfing locations for all experience levels, from the dramatic cliffs of Saltburn-by-Sea in the North East of England to the stunning Llangennith Beach in the Gower Peninsula of Wales, you’re never far from catching some of the best barrels around.