Bike exploring: The New Forest
Brockenhurst New Forest Loop. Just under 12 miles of easy going forest trails and tarmac. A great all year ride, perfect for families. The route starts and stops in the pretty little town of Brockenhurst.
Already booked your summer staycation? Make your time outdoors amazing whilst you're there with these ideas for what to see and do across GB, brought to you by our OS GetOutside Champions.
Whether it's exploring your staycation destination on foot, by bike or boat, make time to enjoy an outdoor activity, a cracking view or a peaceful walk in the local area. Make sure you check that any sites, events, activity centres or adventure destinations are open and accessible before travelling.
Click on a button below to find a bit of outdoor fun at your staycation destination.
Find out more about the area and follow Mahroof's adventures on Instagram.
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Find out more about the area and follow Tracy's adventures on Instagram.
Abergavenny is the gateway to the Brecon Beacons. If you are feeling energetic take on Abergavenny's Three Peaks - Sugar Loaf, Blorenge and Skirrid.
At low level the Brecon and Monmouth Canal is great for old and young, either walk on the towpath or hire a day boat from Beacon Park Day Boats. In Abergavenny itself take a stroll through Castle Meadows on the banks of the River Usk, to Abergavenny Castle and its quirky museum. Visit St Mary's Priory and the Tythe Barn next to it.
Or visit Sugar Loaf Vineyards or White Castle Vineyard for a taste of local wines. If you are feeling adventurous take a drive up the beautiful Llanthony Valley to the ruins of its ancient abbey and the high level walks along Offas Dyke Path and up to Hay Bluff. Or visit the hidden St Ishow's Church, at Partrishow, on the side of a mountain.Sugar Loaf loop in OS Maps Map: OS Explorer OL13
Fancy coasteering or kayaking off the beautiful Pembrokeshire coastline? Muuk Adventures is a local firm specialising in adventure days out, which also raises money for charity with local events.
Gower is a perfect place for a staycation. But if Three Cliffs and Rhosili Bay are busy where else can you go?
Find out more about Phillipa and follow her adventures on Instagram.
Cwm Ivy Walk in OS Maps Map: OS Explorer 165
A bunkhouse stay at Uvie Farm, Newtonmore is a perfect base for exploring the highlands of Scotland. At Uvie there is an opportunity to do volunteer work with the fantastic Highland Cattle.
Find out more about the Hairy Cow Experience and follow Debbie's adventures on Instagram.
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On UK's most northerly inhabited island of Unst discover living history. Have you ever wondered how Vikings lived or how they crossed the seas? Unleash your inner Viking in Unst and visit the reconstructed Longhouse and board the Skidbladner, a full-size replica Gokstad ship.
Find out more about the area and follow the Hauxwell family's adventures on Instagram.
An amazing small, quiet campsite with 80 acres of stunning grounds to explore. Aside from the historical Paxton House, its gardens, riverside and woodland, the site includes an adventure play park complete with a zip wire and scenic boat trips down the River Tweed. It's an ideal place for families to enjoy.
Find out more and follow Ross' Dad Adventure Diaries on Instagram.
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From beautiful beaches, to ancient woodland, incredible nature and the best mountains Great Britain has to offer, the north west of Scotland has something for everyone, and Gairloch offers the perfect base to explore. YHA, BnB, self catering, campsites, hotels. Whether you want easy accessible outdoor adventures or remote wilderness, you can find it all in this area
Find out more about the area and follow Sal's adventures on Instagram.
Explore Gairloch on OS Maps
Fort Wiliam is home to several hotspots for tourism and visitors, but there are some areas that are completely away from it all. Cona Glen is across the water from Fort William and offers a truly remote experience of rivers, mountains, deer, birds and nature. Either park at the start of the glen and cycle/walk/run up the glen and back again, immersing yourself in nature, following rivers, mountains and enjoying being truly wild.
Or for the adventurous, park at the Strontian turning off the A830 and cycle the 13 miles to the glen, then the 6 miles to its head. There is path that continues up and over the saddle to the North of the Geln (from the end of the track). This is a short hike/bike to a good path that leads downhill to the Callop River and to Glenfinnan. You are then only 2 miles from the Strontian turning to the east, if you have left your car there for your fantastic day out.
Find out more about the area and follow Ben's adventures on Instagram.
From Glenridding carpark, head due west towards the bunkhouse on Greenside Road, cross the footbridge and follow the path towards the sheepfold. On your right hand side you'll see the stream and there is a very deep plunge pool at the waterfall. It's a short scramble down but a refreshing dip once you're in the crystal clear cold water!
Explore the area in OS Maps and follow Anna's adventures on Instagram.
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This little fell is a stunning place away from the crowds, you are often the only people on it! It has incredible panoramic views of the northern fells, good parking for 4 or 5 cars and only takes about 15/20 minutes to reach the summit giving instant gratification. The height is 505m however, you set off from The Hause at a height of 380m, there is only a height gain of 125m. The start and finish grid ref is GR NY 423 235. You also head to the National Trust coffee shop at Aira Force afterwards, it does awesome cakes ! Grid Ref: NY 399 199Map: OS Explorer OL5
This disused dam is a pretty impressive structure located in Keppel Cove just below the summit of Catstye Cam. Approximately 1hr 30min walk. You can park in Glenridding and look at an awesome little mountain sculpture in the tourist information centre car park. The dam was used during the mining period around 1920’s for Glenridding mine.
Find out more about the area, the history of the dam and follow Craig's adventures on Instagram.
A great stroll that starts and finishes at Great Ayton via Captain Cooks Monument. Captain Cook is said to have got his taste for adventure by exploring the slopes of Roseberry Topping as a young boy.Map: OS Explorer OL26
Easby Abbey is a ruined Premonstratensian abbey on the eastern bank of the River Swale on the outskirts of Richmond. There is a short riverside walk from Richmond Castle.
Find out more about the abbey and follow Alan's adventures on Instagram.
Looking for an active car-free staycation then this adventure is for you. Explore stunning Swaledale and Wensleydale by mountain bike. Using off-road trails you can visit places that are truly untouched remote and beautiful.
Find out more about hiring mountain bikes from Stage1Cycles and follow Helen's adventures on Instagram.
Leave the beautiful Peak countryside and step into a Himalayan yurt, complete with a log burner stove, a hob to cook your dinner on and complimentary, raw milk from the dairy just a stone's throw away.
This yurt is located at the start of the High Peak Trail, a gravel trail that's perfectly suited for families and cyclists who want to ride in confidence away from the main roads.
Find out more about the area, the yurts and follow Jessie's adventures on Instagram.
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A lovely scenic route in the Peak District. This route is suitable for individuals and families of all ages. You can enjoy the trail by walking, cycling, running and horse riding. Monsal Trail is ideal for family walks and suitable for pushchairs and wheelchair users with level access at Bakewell, Hassop and Miller Dale stations (disabled toilets at Bakewell and Millers Dale).
The route is flat and there is plenty to see and learn about the old railway which was built in 1863 to link Manchester with London, it closed in 1968. The tunnels were formally opened on 25 May 2011. There are various information points along the way. There are numerous landmarks including 4 railway tunnels; Headstone Tunnel, Cressbrook Tunnel, Litton Tunnel, Chee Tor Tunnel. You can bring a pack lunch and have a picnic along the way or treat yourself to a tasty lunch at either Millers Dale cafe or Hassop Station cafe.
Find out more about the Monsal Trail and follow Yvonne's adventures on Twitter.
Explore Bakewell in OS Maps
Shrewsbury is a wonderful place to for pounding the pavements to find the hidden nooks and crannies of the urban world, as well as being blessed with green spaces and nice views. Perfect for a weekend break or midweek getaway this summer. There's even a very famous grave to visit...
Find out more about the area, how to find greenspaces and follow Zoe's adventures on Instagram.
This walk takes you from the wooded car park of Corbett Wood and up to the summit of Grinshill. Lots of history and amazing views to take in on this route.
Find out more about the walk and follow Get Out With The Kids's adventures on Instagram.
I happen to think that Lincoln is a beautiful little city with so much going for it. The Cathedral-topped city is a wonderful combination of modern and medieval, with enough history and culture to keep the enthusiast interested, and yet with all the shops and restaurants the rest of the family might need. It is the perfect location for a short break away. I know a lot of people who have said “oh Lincoln, I’ve been meaning to visit there”… if you’ve never been – or if you live nearby and haven’t played tourist in this wonderful city, you are missing out.
Find out more about the area, follow Zoe's suggestions of what to see in the city and follow her adventures on Instagram.
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One of my favourite tiny villages, called “Bibury”, is 6.5 miles from Cirencester. The River Coln runs through it which you can see from the little bridge in the village. The village is known for its honey-coloured 17th century stone cottages that almost look like hobbit houses from the Lord of the Rings.
Nearby is Adlington Mill who once supplied cloth for the weaved roof tops. William Morris, a 19th Century artist once called Bibury “the most beautiful village in England” - I completely agree with him! It’s well worth a visit and there is a quaint little coffee shop on the river side or you can head to The Swan, a traditional country bar just near the bridge.
Explore the area in OS Maps and follow Anna's adventures on Instagram.
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Wandering around urban areas without an aim can easily lead to spending too much time in coffee shops... enter the new Hidden Cheltenham Augmented Reality Trail, taking visitors around some of the most interesting spots in this beautiful town.
Use your phone to scan the QR codes to meet "Lucy", who will tell you historic information, fun facts and introduce interactive challenges and competitions. It's a great way to explore with purpose on your own, or with your family.Map: OS Explorer 179
Established in 1986, the Forest of Dean Sculpture Trail was apparently one of the first to open in the UK.
There are sculptures created by artists to interpret the environment and history of the forest itself plus artworks designed to sit amongst the trees to help tell the story of the area. It is a wonderfully intriguing and beautiful place for a wander.Map: OS Explorer OL14
Find out more about Zoe's visit to the Forest of Dean Sculpture Trail and follow her adventures on Instagram.
A perfect staycation weekend. Spend Saturday morning strolling around the centre of Winchester, then Saturday take in a 7.3km stroll along the river to St Cross and the Bishop's Palace, then up St Catherine's Hill for great views, before returning to the cathedral along the river. Then on Sunday morning, take a bus or cab out to Bishop's Waltham and return to the city along the Pilgrim's Trail or to Exton and return on the South Downs Way.
Find out more about the area and follow Phillipa's adventures on Instagram.
With your staycation on the horizon, start making outdoor plans now to create memories that you'll cherish this summer. Spread out a paper map, or download the OS Maps app, spot what you want to see and do, visit views with the wow-factor and explore new places.
Make sure you check that any sites, events, activity centres or adventure destinations are open and accessible before travelling, plus what the weather plans to do. The Met Office have these beach and mountain forecasts to help you enjoy the outside safely.
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