Banish the ‘winter blues’ this year by exploring the true escapism of nature. There’s an innate sense of adventure within us all: to escape, to wander, and to connect with both nature and people. To some it could be weeks of travel, to others it could be a little weekend away. But even more simply, it could be something as simple as drifting off to the sounds of the waves or the birds in the trees. Any way you get your dose, connecting with nature is proven to take the pressure off and allow you to temporarily disconnect – in a positive way.
The great outdoors, and more specifically the ocean, is a vehicle for escapism from our normal day-to-day lives. But don’t let the chill of the wintry British months put you off from continuing to explore. With our top winter escapism suggestions, you can feel the benefits of nature all year round.
Winter Surf Spots
With a decent winter wetsuit, gloves and a hood, there is no need to miss out on surfing in the winter. In fact, exercising in cold water is said to release even more endorphins which make us feel happy and destressed. Even better are the crowd-less waves and lack of summer queues for that hot drink to warm you back up. Top tip: remember to come off the water before you get too cold. Peeling off a winter wetsuit when you’re already shivering is not ideal.
Watergate Bay, Cornwall
Unlike many other beaches in Cornwall, Watergate Bay is a surf spot that works on most tides so it’s a perfect spot to try. It also has the added bonus of plenty of year-round food and drink options to satisfy any coffee connoisseur.
Llangennith, South Wales
Beach breaks roll in all along this three-mile stretch of gold sand beach, making it popular with all types of surfers from pros to complete beginners who come here for surf lessons.
Croyde is lucky to have a consistent wave all year round. Lots of parking around the bay is available in winter, and unlike some beaches, the food and drink facilities are open in Winter.
Thurso East, Scotland
This spot, whilst not suitable for beginners due to its shallow reef, boasts one of the best waves in Europe. It really is a spectacular sight and well worth the trip.
Take a walk on one of Wales’s incredible hiking routes and you’ll be blown away by the breath-taking scenery. Endless valleys, looming mountains and striking waterfalls are all on offer in this nature’s playground. Top tip: dress in layers, start early in the day and always check the weather first. You must always share your planned route with someone who knows where you’re going.
Bwlch Nant yr Arian, Ceredigion
Three waymarked walking trails of different lengths which all offer stunning views.
Unrivalled views of the Snowdon Massif as you can see 13 of Wales’s 14 highest peaks from one angle.
Four Falls Walk, Brecon Beacons
This circular woodland walk lets you discover the four captivating falls of Sgwd Clun-Gwyn, Sgwd Isaf Clun-Gwyn, Sgwd y Pannwr and Sgwd-yr-Eira.
Llyn Crafnant, Snowdonia
A good alternative for those who don't want to climb Snowdonia's higher reaches.
Rhossili Headland, Gower
This three and a half mile walk to Worm's Head will have your kids intrigued by the old shipwreck.
Stand up paddle boarding is far from just a summer sport. The often tranquil water activity lends itself well to winter and if you’re half decent, you don’t even have to get wet! Top tip: Always check the weather and river conditions. Windspeed and rainfall are two of the most important, with high rainfall leading to an increase in water speed and more chance of debris, and wind having a big impact on stand up paddleboarders.
Wye Valley – Symonds Yat to Redbrook
A 3-hour paddle through rapids, gorges and picturesque villages.
Ullswater, Lake District
Flat and calm, Ullswater is perfect for anyone looking for a relaxing day’s paddle and if you start your trip from Steamer Pier car park, the south westerly winds that often funnel down the lake can ease your paddle.
Hickling Broad, Norfolk Broads
A real haven for SUPers. Flat and winding, they’re great for all levels of paddleboarder, especially SUP beginners.
Get out there and enjoy the winter season in a more adventurous way this year. The positive escapism will improve mood and fitness whilst we all wait for the sunny days to return.
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