If the weather’s gorgeous outdoors and you’re sitting indoors in your pants watching Dave reruns, something’s seriously wrong. Pick an adult and kid-friendly summery activity from this list and go get fitter, browner and happier (put some clothes on first).
The fab Helena Davies from www.ukactivitybreaks.com helped pick these ten summer favourites.
Pootle down a river, float on a lake or battle waves on the sea – a couple of hours paddling will take you to beautiful secret places you’d never see otherwise.
Try: Sea Kayaking Devon for an expedition adventure.
2. ROCKCLIMBING AND ABSEILING
I’m a huge fan of chalking up my fingers and then scaling rock faces to dizzying heights. Climbing is a fantastic full-body workout and the thrill of an abseil back down is an added bonus.
Try: Adventure Northumberland for fantastic crags and spectacular views.
Come over all Kelly Slater and head to the beach to rip up some swell. A couple of introductionary lessons will see you in good stead if you’re normally a bit of a landlubber.
Try: Adam’s Surf School in Newquay for lessons for every level.
Get a slice of the stunning English countryside under your belt the slow way and you’ll appreciate it all the more. Well, through the pain of your blisters.
Try: Wilderness Development, for half days through to week-long holidays by foot.
Bradley! Froome! Be the next big thing on two wheels with the wind in your hair and a picnic packed in your panniers.
Try: Signpost Cycling for hassle free cycling tours around the South Coast.
Test your sea legs, hop from port to port, discover hidden coves and learn how to look really good in deck shoes – it’s all part the sailing experience.
Try: Trinity Sailing for fantastic solo, group and family holidays.
7. HORSE RIDING
Canter gently through gladed valleys. Or fall off indignantly into bushes. Whatever your preference, there’s little as lovely as seeing the countryside upon a trusty steed.
Try: White Horse Trekking for everything from hour-long adventures to a week’s hacking holiday.
8. CAMPING AND BUSHCRAFT
It’s really hot to be able to light a fire from scratch, I’m telling you. Plus, cosy campfires, sizzling sausages and gooey-on-the-inside-black-on-the-outside marshmallows are da business.
Try: Wanderlusts, who offer stays in horse-drawn gypsy caravans and bow top wagons in Cumbria and the Lake District.
Fearlessly leap off cliffs, dive into white surf and explore hidden caves probably favoured by smugglers – coasteering is a beach holiday on steroids.
Try: Up4It Outdoors in stunning Snowdonia.
10. HOLIDAY PARKS
Can’t choose one of the above? Combine them all with a stay at an action-packed holiday park.
Try: TLH in Devon, where everything you fancy trying is on tap – kayaking, climbing, go karting, zorbing, tennis and more.