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The Best Fitness and Adventure Holidays in Southern England

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Last updated on September 26th, 2022 at 10:25 AM

If you’re looking to do more than lazing around by the pool, consider challenging yourself and going on an adventure holiday! 

Fitness and adventure getaways are a great way of staying active, gaining new experiences and stepping out of your comfort zone, whether you choose a break centred around swimming, surfing, cycling, hiking or yoga.

If you’re in need of ideas for out-of-the-ordinary adventure breaks in the South of England, check out our selection of some of the best:    

Cycling in Tunbridge Wells

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Hosting an annual summer cycling festival that celebrates its 90th anniversary this year, Tunbridge Wells has long been a hotspot for cycling holidays.

Located just 30 miles from London, Tunbridge Wells is home to award-winning bike hire businesses and some of the most popular rural cycling routes in the UK, including those at Bedgebury National Pinetum & Forest and Bewl Water; other popular routes include The Wicked Witch of the Weald, the Wall loop, the Groombridge Place Gardens loop and the Tunbridge Wells Short. 

Surfing in Brighton 

While Brighton is well-known for its buzzing nightlife and beach culture, it’s also home to a thriving surfing scene that continues to attract growing numbers of adventure tourists looking to catch the perfect wave.

Located around 2 hours from Tunbridge Wells by train and just over an hour from London, this popular beach town is one of the most popular longboard and surf-holiday destinations on the South Coast – be advised that you’re likely to catch the best waves in the winter months

Walking in Cotswold Way 

Famed as one of England’s most popular National Trails, Cotswold Way is an epic hiking route that covers a range of quintessential Cotswolds villages including Winchcombe, Broadway and Stanton.

You can expect to cover 17 miles a day over 7 days in the full Chipping Campden to Bath route, whereas less experienced takers can take the less challenging (yet equally scenic) Broadway Tower Walk, which covers a 1.5m section of the trail including Broadway Tower, where visitors can soak up stunning views of 16 counties in the distance.  

Thai Chi and Valley Trails in Shropshire 

Thai Chi is said to alleviate stress, anxiety and depression whilst improving your mood, with physical benefits including improved posture and core strength – if you’re looking for an out-of-the-ordinary holiday where you can de-stress, relax and unwind, consider going on a Thai Chi and walking retreat in the Shropshire hills; as well as expert tuition in Thai Chi, you’ll also receive guided tours through picturesque countryside hiking routes nearby.  

Yoga and Surfing in Cornwall 

Famed for its outstanding natural beauty and abundance of Heritage Sites, Cornwall is a much-loved English holiday location well-known for its surf-friendly coastline.

If you’re looking for an adventure getaway centred around surfing, health and fitness, consider going on a yoga and surfing woodland retreat with Cornish Wave.