The last bank holiday of the year is already upon us, and it’s the perfect time to head out on a last-minute adventure. The summer timing makes this the perfect opportunity to head out for a long weekend in some of our favourite British adventure spots, so we’ve chosen 5 of our favourite destinations.
Coastal cliffs and coves combine with endless hiking trails and relaxing beaches. Whether you prefer iconic surf spots such as Newquay or the idyllic harbour village of Mevagissey, Cornwall is filled with quaint B&Bs or cosy camping spots. We’d recommend heading to Perranporth if you’re looking for a day at the beach with its natural open air swimming pool and the photogenic arch. The tiny city of Truro is fantastic for urban exploration, with the striking gothic cathedral, narrow winding streets and old buildings.
We’d recommend taking a Northcore flask out with you, allowing you to keep hydrated all day long with some surf style.
The capital of the Cotswolds is the Regency Town of Cheltenham. The vast number of Regency style buildings makes this the perfect place for a city wander. Charming chocolate box villages create the perfect opportunity to stop at the pub after walks along inviting routes such as The Cotswold Way, and famous spots such as Blenheim Palace and Warwick Castle make for interesting days out.
Hiking backpacks like the North Face Banchee are perfect for multi-day hikes along the picturesque villages and rural routes
Although the UK’s smallest city, St Davids is the perfect destination for the Pembrokeshire coast. Boat trips to the offshore islands Grassholm, Skokholm, Ramsey and Skomer give you a chance to get close and personal to sea life, as well as getting a glimpse of the native puffins, dolphins and whales. Proximity to the Pembrokeshire coast provides ample opportunities for walking, and Tenby is a real highlight. Colourful buildings combine with the picturesque harbour, making it the perfect spot on the seven-mile circular walk between there and Saundersfoot.
A sturdy pair of walking boots such as the North Face Thermoballs are ideal for countryside treks along the coast.
Despite being the capital of Scotland, Edinburgh is a compact city which makes it ideal for a long weekend. Visit the castle, the Old Town or head out shopping along Princes Street. Arthur’s Seat is a famous uphill work that allows for some incredible views of the city, and a walk through Dean Village showcases some beautiful Georgian architecture.
A stylish yet practical backpack such as the Sandqvist Lars Goran pack takes you from the city to the country with ease.
Belfast has so many things to do it’s easy to fill up an action-packed weekend. Visit the Titanic Belfast centre, the Edwardian civic City Hall or the Parliament Buildings. Head further afield to the iconic Giant’s Causeway or explore the Belfast Hills just north of the city.
A comfortable jacket such as the Fjallraven Keb will beat any Gulf Stream chill.