Future Adventures: 12 Best Places to Go and Things to Do when Lockdown Ends
- Wednesday 27 January 2021
If you want to go walking, hiking, trail running, cycling, rock climbing, bouldering, wild camping or wild swimming and are looking for some new inspiration for when lockdown ends, then look no further. Below are twelve great ideas for outdoor and adventure-lovers of all kinds.
Under each idea, we’ve also provided some recommended reading for that particular activity. All of the books mentioned below are available to order on our website with 20% off and free UK postage.
(1) Scrambling in the Lake District
Traversing Striding Edge, Helvellyn Ahead © Stephen Goodwin
The Lake District is home to some of the best climbs in the UK, including classic scrambles such as Jack’s Rake and Sharp Edge. With a wide variety of climbs ranging from easy to severe, the national park is a great place to go for scramblers and climbers of all abilities.
If you’d like to find out more about what climbs and scrambles the Lake District has to offer, then we’d strongly recommend …
(2) Wild swimming in the Peak District at the Three Shires Head
Panniers Bridge, Three Shires Head © Barry Pope
If you want to go for a good walk around the Peak District and may also be tempted by a wild swim, then why not head over to the Three Shires Head? Located on the River Dane in Axe Edge Moor, the area is known for its picturesque waterfalls and eighteenth-century packhorse bridge.
If you’d like to discover more wild swimming areas in the Peak District, or would simply like to find out more about the national park’s best circular routes, then we’d strongly recommend …
(3) Discovering hidden beaches on the coast of Wales
Blue Pool Bay © Alistair Hare
Surrounded on three sides by water, Wales has hundreds of beaches to choose from. However, if you’re looking for a bit of peace and quiet then maybe you should check out one of Wales’s secret beaches. Some of our favourites include Blue Pool Bay in Gower, Tan Dinas in Anglesey and Carreg Wen in the Llŷn Peninsula.
If you’d like to find out more about Wales’ hidden beaches and coves, then we’d strongly recommend …
(4) Learning to rock climb in the Peak District
The Roaches and Hen Cloud © John Coefield
The Peak District is home to some of the best rock climbing sites in the UK, the most popular locations being Stanage Edge and The Roaches. If you fancy starting a new hobby after lockdown, then why not hire a private mountain guide for the day, head out to the Peak District, and try your hand at rock climbing?
If you’d like to find out more about rock climbing in the Peak District, then we’d strongly recommend …
(5) Trail running in the Welsh mountains
Jon Drever on the stiff ascent of Tor Y Foel above Talybont Reservoir © John Coefield
It’s not road running, and it isn’t as epic as fell running, but trail running has all the fitness benefits of a good run, is kinder on your knees and generally has better views. Wales, particularly the Brecon Beacons, is home to some brilliant off-road routes that feature spectacular mountainous scenery and stunning views.
If you’d like to find out more about off-road trail running routes in North Wales and the Brecon Beacons, then we’d strongly recommend …
(6) Wildlife spotting in the Scottish Highlands
Red squirrel © Paul & Helen Webster
The Scottish Highlands are a haven for a variety of wildlife and is a great place to go if you’re looking to spot some of the UK’s most elusive animals such as the golden eagle, pine marten, red squirrel and wildcat.
If you’d like to find out more about the natural world of the Scottish Highlands, then we’d strongly recommend …
(7) Walking a national trail
The gently undulating, chalky South Downs Way © Deirdre Huston
The UK has a variety of spectacular national trails, with one of our favourites being the 162-kilometre South Downs Way. Regarded as one of the finest long-distance trails in England, the South Downs Way can be walked at any time of year and appeals to walkers who have different levels of experience and travel at all speeds.
If you’d like to find out more about the South Downs Way or other long-distance trails in the UK, then we’d strongly recommend …
(8) Wild swimming in the Lake District
Seat How above Devoke Water © Stewart Smith
As well as being a great place for walkers and climbers, the Lake District is also a tourist hotspot for people who enjoy wild swimming. The national park’s largest lakes, Windermere and Derwent Water, are home to a range of secluded wild swimming locations, a few of our favourites being Bassenthwaite, Crummock Water and Devoke Water.
If you’d like to find out more about the most beautiful wild swimming spots in the Lake District, then we’d strongly recommend …
(9) Bouldering in the Peak District
Weathered rocks above Grinds Brook © Barry Pope
The Peak District is a fantastic place for bouldering, with one of our favourite crags being the Burbage South Boulders. Sheltered from the worst of the winds, the boulders at Burbage provide one of the friendliest circuits in the Peak District, with stacks of easy problems that aren’t too high plus excellent landings.
If you’d like to find out more about the Peak District’s numerous crags, then we’d strongly recommend …
(10) Walking or cycling the Pennine Bridleway
Pennine Bridleway © Joolze Dymond
Running through the Pennine hills from Derbyshire to Cumbria, the Pennine Bridleway is a brilliant national trail for walkers and cyclists. Around 205 miles long, the trail runs roughly parallel with the Pennine Way and provides an amazing long distance, largely off-road walk/cycle through varied and beautiful countryside.
If you’d like to find out more about the Pennine Bridleway, then we’d strongly recommend …
(11) Wild camping in Scotland
View over Badenoch from Creagan An Fhithich © Paul & Helen Webster
As well as being a great place for walkers, the Scottish Highlands may also appeal to wild campers looking to break away from urban life for a while and embrace the quiet of Scotland’s wilderness. The Cairngorms in particular, which is home to many tranquil areas, may provide ideal spots for wild camping.
If you’d like to discover potential wild camping areas in the Cairngorms, or would simply like to find out more about the national park’s best circular routes, then we’d strongly recommend …
(12) Strapping on your walking boots and getting away from the crowds
Scar House Reservoir from the Shooting House © Bernard Newman
Out of all the UK’s national parks, the Yorkshire Dales is perhaps one of the most tranquil. Featuring traditional farming landscapes of field barns, drystone walls and flower-rich hay meadows, the Dales is great place for walkers and hikers who are looking to ‘get away from it all’.
If you’d like to find out more about the best circular routes in the Yorkshire Dales, then we’d strongly recommend …