Since the 18th Century, hiking has been a widely undertaken pastime. From Wordsworth to Coleridge to Keats, Britain has a rich history of walking through the countryside for pleasure. Mass trespasses by ramblers in the Peak district in 1932 lead to the passing of Mountain Access Bill, which eventually guaranteed the British people’s ‘right to roam’ the countryside.
As a result, hiking is one of the most popular and accessible activities in the UK. With thousands of square miles of beautiful countryside throughout the country and minimal barriers to access, hiking is a healthy way to spend time outdoors that can be as relaxing or as challenging as you make it.
Hiking/walking/rambling in the UK is so popular and accessible that wherever you are, you can feel assured that a good rambling route is never far away. Visit these links to find out more about hiking in the UK:
The National Trails – You’ll find everything you need to plan your visit to the best Trails in England and Wales, whether you’re looking for a family day out, a short walk, ride, a really good ice cream or a life-changing long distance walk experience.
Ramblers – Britain’s walking charity. Find routes, seek expert advice, campaign for walkers rights and more.
The National Trust – Walking – Find a walking route or event.
Walking is associated with numerous health benefits; both physical and mental. Walking is not only proven to benefit the cardiovascular system, but is associated with enhanced creativity, clarity of thought and providing a sense of inner calm, being at one with one’s environment.
Angling is a method of catching fish by means of a hook which is usually attached to a fishing rod by a line. It is a challenging and relaxing pastime that is popular and accessible worldwide.
The internet is awash with information and resources about fishing in the UK. See the linked websites below for news and information about all types of angling.
Angling Trust Organisation for Anglers – The Angling Trust is the new, single organisation to represent all game, coarse and sea anglers and angling in England.
Go Fishing – Gofishing.co.uk is dedicated to providing the very best news, tackle, tactics and tips for today’s angler.
Buy a UK fishing rod license – You need a fishing rod licence to fish for salmon, trout, freshwater fish, smelt and eel with a rod and line in England (except the River Tweed), Wales or the Border Esk region of Scotland.
Types of Angling
Game fish are pursued, generally for sport by recreational anglers. They are often eaten after being caught, although ‘catch-and-release’ fishing is becoming more popular as concerns about dwindling fish populations grow. Game fish can be freshwater or saltwater fish. Game fishing is popular as it is a source of food and entertainment. Bigger fish are generally more highly prized in game fishing.
Course angling refers to the act for fishing for any fish that are not considered game fish. The primary motivations for course fishing are for pleasure or competition. Specimen hunting is also popular, as anglers hunt for the biggest fish of a certain species. The main techniques for course angling are float fishing, legering and spinning.
There’s so much fun to be had out on the water! From rowing boats to sail boats to canoes, kayaks and barges, jet-skis and motorboats, there’s bound to be some sort of aquatic adventure vessel that takes your fancy.
Boating is a broad term covering many aspects of water sport and leisure. This section hopes to educate and inspire anybody looking to explore the ‘other’ two thirds of the Earth’s surface.
Boating is one of the best ways to get away from it all; remove yourself from the daily grind and enjoy the open water. Choose to push your limits on a windsurfer, or relax with a cocktail aboard a luxury yacht; there are options to suit all tastes and budgets.
Visit some of the links below to find out about boating destinations, events, clubs, tuition, disciplines and more…
RYA – Start Boating – A guide to getting out on the water for the very first time!
Accessible Boating – A Charity offering opportunities for people with access difficulties to go boating on the Basingstoke Canal from Colt Hill Wharf, Odiham in Hampshire, UK.
UK Boating – The UK’s only regular inland waterway television program.
The Guardian – UK Boating Holidays – Articles about and recommendations of boating holidays in the UK.
All the leaves are brown and the sky is grey… It’s time to start thinking about keeping warm as the seasons change and the clocks go back.
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