The sun doesn’t have to be shining and the temperatures high to mean it’s time to get out and enjoy the great outdoors, in fact there is a lot of fun to be had in getting kitted up, snug and warm, and heading out to throw yourself into some fun and heart-pumping outdoor activities, no matter what the time of year.

Winter is made for enjoyment outdoors, when the scenery is a little wilder, and you can easily enjoy some of the most extreme of sports and activities at this time.

If you’re looking for a few ideas for a weekend away, enjoying everything the fresh air has to offer, check out these five ideas for a great winter adventure weekend.


There is nothing more relaxing than fishing, this is true the world over, but when you get a little competitive about it, all the better! If you can get a group of friends out fishing, you can compete against each other to see who can catch the biggest fish, and who can do it the quickest, whilst taking in a lungful of fresh air. You can easily rent fishing equipment, or buy it yourself if you feel you’re going to take up the hobby on a more prolonged basis. All you need then is to find somewhere scenic and full of fish to head!


Comfortable walking boots, a warm coat, a hat, and a few provisions to take with you – these are all necessities for a hiking expedition. You can choose from countless pre-prescribed routes, many taking you through stunning scenery, and passing through towns and villages. You can book your accommodation ahead of time, or simply rock up and hope for the best, the choice is really yours, but hiking is a hugely popular pastime for a reason.

Rock climbing or gorge scrambling/canyoning

These activities all come under the same umbrella, but there is certainly a lot of fun to be had from scrambling on your hands and knees through a canyon crevasse, wading through rivers to reach a destination, and jumping from rocks into the water below. Rock climbing is another massively popular activity, and the view from the top? Stunning, no doubt.

If you’re a beginner, head off to an activity centre and try your first attempt with an experienced instructor.


This is a relatively new activity, but one which is certainly fun with a capital F. You generally head off with a guide, within a group, and you explore the coastal regions, which let’s face it, are fantastically wild and windy during the winter months. You will play team games, traverse huge rocks, swim, jump, and basically have a hell of a lot of outdoor fun.

Mountain biking

The sun doesn’t have to be beating down to enjoy a mountain biking day of fun, and again, you can hire a bike or take your own. Find a set trail and head off to enjoy the fresh air. This is one of the most popular outdoor activities for a very good reason.

Do you feel the need to get out and enjoy the fresh air this winter?

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