With the schools beginning to break up for Easter, and the beast from the East now a thing of the past (fingers crossed!), we have picked out the most exciting outdoor day trips, perfect for the whole family.
Seacliff Stables in North Berwick, Scotland
Enjoy the stunning scenery in some of Scotland’s most scenic and countryside on horseback. Home-bred and professionally trained horses allow riders of all ages and abilities to participate. Ride along the beach, and enjoy magnificent views of the coastal scenery and landscape with historical landmarks and lighthouses, from an entirely new and unique perspective. Prices vary from £25-35 per person depending on age, visit their website for more information.
Bigbury-on-Sea is an incredible family beach, with soft sand, gentle waves, shallow bathing, hidden coves and a plethora of rock pools to dig about in. Opposite the beach, Burgh Island is accessible at low tide, but if the tide is high, it is perhaps more exciting to take the 1930’s sea tractor that drives with ease through the water. Following the paths, you can climb to the top of the island for stunning views as far as the eye can see. But, if this excitement isn’t enough, book the family into the Discovery Surf School to hire surfboards, kayaks, bodyboards or have an exhilarating private lesson. The beach and sea tractor are both free of charge, and Discovery Surf School prices start at £10, please visit their website for more information.
Broadland Cycle Hire in Wroxham, Norfolk
Coming with two decades of experience helping families enjoy the Broads National Park or, as it is often coined, Britain’s Magical Waterland, this activity will provide you with an energetic and picturesque day out. Hire a variety of bikes and accessories from their principal bike centre, from hybrid and mountain style bikes or tandems to children’s cycles, baby seats, and tagalongs so the whole family can ride in comfort. Or, visit their self-service station to hire or book in advance bikes Barclays-style. Having compiled a comprehensive list of routes from child-friendly distances to 20 miles, you will be sure to find one that suits your group. Prices vary according to type of cycle hired and length of hire, which can be from a day to a week. Please visit their website for more information.
Crags Adventures in Windermere, The Lake District
Suitable for those aged over 7 years old, Crags Adventures are a small, family-run outdoor activity company. Their wide range of wild outdoor activities include ghyll scrambling, gorge walking, canyoning, abseiling, guided rock climbing and scrambling. And, to maximise your experience and to ensure that you get the best guidance and tuition from their well-reviewed instructors, Crags keeps the group small so you can enjoy the experience just as a family. Prices vary depending on duration of participation and activity, visit their website for more information.
TJ Board Hire in Chichester, Sussex
Try something new and book up paddle boarding to experience a wholly different means of transportation. With just you and a paddle on an inflatable board, the whole family can relish this novel sporting activity by gliding down the Chichester canal guided by one of their experienced instructors. A family price package is available for £80, all you need to bring is a towel, visit the TJ Board Hire website for more information.