47. Cotswold Water Park
Located within Cotswold Water Park and close to Cirencester, Cotswold Country Park and Beach is a facility with two lakes, a beach, and a whole host of activities – a place to spend a whole day as a family or group or friends. Describing themselves as “the ultimate for watersports in the Cotswolds”, there is the inflatable assault course Aquaventure, paddleboards, kayaks and Canadian canoes, swan pedalos, rowing boats, mini electric boats for the kids, mini golf, and other things.
Map: OS Explorer OL45
48. Sea Swims in Dorset
Being an island nation, there are a plethora of great spots for taking a dip in the ocean here in Great Britain. If you're on holiday down in Dorset (and who wouldn't want to be?!), these are four lovely places for a swim. They're already popular, so I'm not giving away any secrets!
Worbarrow Bay, a beautiful bay perfect for a sunrise swim and breakfast on the beach. Winspit, more of a dip off the rocky shoreline than an endurance sea swim, but a lot of fun. Durdle Door and Man of War Bay, the iconic south England swim through the natural arch. Dancing Ledge, a natural pool good for a plunge.
All of these swims require a bit of a walk from the local parking, and should be taken seriously - the Dorset coast is beautiful but it's also very rugged and can be rough.
Map: OS Explorer OL15
49. Four Hills to Climb Near Cheltenham
One day with lots of views, or four days with one view each - four great views near Cheltenham, Gloucestershire.
Being right on the edge of the Cotswolds, there are a whole host of amazing walks of all kinds of lengths to keep you busy from Cheltenham. Having recently moved to the area from the flatlands of Lincolnshire, I was particularly interested to explore the line of hills surrounding the old Spa town, as they promise excellent views back down into the valley and across the wide landscape to the Malvern Hills and into Wales.
You can easily visit Crickley Hill, Leckhampton Hill, Nottingham Hill and Cleeve Hill in one day or over one weekend - all offering short hikes, great scenery, and views of other hills you can come back and visit another time.
Map: OS Explorer 179 & OL45
Both day trip ideas brought to you by GetOutside Champion Zoe Homes. Follow Zoe on Instagram.
50. Coastal strolls and ice cream at West Bay
The section from Burton Bradstock westwards towards Golden Cap is a beautiful family-friendly stretch of the South West Coastal Path. There’s certainly no shortage of scenic stops and the seaside towns of West Bay and Seatown allow plenty of opportunity to stock up on food, drink and of course, ice cream (the best being from Baboo in West Bay!). The SWCP route is well sign posted and you can make the walk as long or as short as you like. Challenge yourself to reach the top of Golden Cap – the highest point on the south coast of Great Britain.
MAP: OS EXPLORER 116
This day trip idea is brought to you by Helen Newman from the OS team. Follow Helen's adventures on Instagram.