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Six Adventure Holidays To Book This Summer

Sure, lying horizontal on a beach for days on end has its appeal. But when boredom (and sunburn) strikes, it's time to pull on your trainers and head straight for the hills.

With nature-based travel proving more popular than ever before, discover six of the best active holidays to book for your next adventure...

Lake it or Leave it

Hike The lakes with Linthwaite House

It’s no secret that the Lake District is a super popular destination for a staycation, being one of the most beautiful parts of Great Britain, England’s largest National Park and a World Heritage Site. But if you’re short on time, how do you make the most of it? Linthwaite House’s new “Making Memories” package aims to solve that, treating guests to a full day of hiking with expert Steve Watts, who will take you to the most idyllic, charming spots in the area.

As it is a private one-day hike with Steve, the walk is totally tailored to your interests and abilities, whether you wish to dip into the life of Beatrix Potter, walk alongside shimmering lakes or hike up steep fell climbs. Following a pre-arrival discussion, Steve will create the personalised itinerary and agree a perfect starting point with you. Then all that’s left is for Linthwaite House to provide a complimentary packed lunch and a Herdy flask full of a comforting hot drink or a refreshing cold drink and off you go to experience the best of the Lakes.

After the most magical of days out, there are plenty of peaceful corners in the grounds of Linthwaite House to relax and let tired limbs recuperate: there is a boules pitch, a croquet lawn and a large outdoor chess set, as well as plenty of sheltered seating areas and a small private lake on which to gently row a boat. With a delicious three-course dining experience in Michelin-starred chef Simon Rogan’s inhouse restaurant Henrock providing the icing on the cake.

Rates from £830 for two people sharing a Classic Room, book via leeucollection.com or 01539 488 600. 

Join Croatia for its very first Ironman

One for the serious contenders. Croatia is hosting its very first Ironman this October, with a route set against the scenic backdrop of some of the country’s dreamiest towns. Announced by Istrian-based hospitality and tourism group, Plava Laguna, its panoramic cycling track will cover 90km, mostly on the Istrian Y highway. Its lower altitude, combined with relaxed speeding conditions, provide quality terrain and the perfect conditions to achieve a coveted PB. 

The event kicks off in historic town of Poreč for a 1.9km swim – an area soaked in a rich past and home to the UNESCO-protected Euphrasius Basilica.

Next, the route heads onto Funtana, a small coastal town along the Porec-Vrsar-Orsera road, where friendly locals will welcome participants to family-run accommodation where home-made dishes await for some authentic refuelling. 

Višnjan – the final stop on the route – is a rural inland idyll that offers peace, clean air and beautiful scenery. The streets of the old town are well preserved and steeped in the tradition of the ancient past, providing further stunning scenery to admire in the exhilarating race.  Register via ironman.com

The Dynamite Dolomites

Ride the Sella Ronda and Tre Cime Lavaredo with Destination Sports Experience 

Often called the best cycling route in the world, the Sella Ronda is a circular route full of history. Book this guided tour to tick off the mighty Passo Pordoi, Campolongo, Sella, & Gardenat this September. If you haven’t experienced the beauty of the Dolomites before, you’re in for a treat – the entire region is brimming with incredible culinary experiences, mesmerising views, challenging climbs and life-affirming descents! 

Your home for four nights will be Corvara, a well-known cycling town & home to the super popular Maratona dles Dolomites event. Post-ride, make the most of the hotel’s spa & wellness facilities, including much-needed sports massage treatments. 

Whilst the routes for the main bunch are challenging but suitable for most regular riders, the front group routes are best left to more experienced climbers. The true jewel of this long weekend is the breathtaking scenery – the panoramic mountain views will really kick things up a gear.
From £699pp, book via destinationsportexperiences.com

Say yes to safari with Great Plains‘ New Okavango Explorers Camp, Botswana

Great Plains, the iconic eco-tourism company, has announced the opening of Okavango Explorers Camp in northern Botswana. Located in the 160,000-hectare private Selinda Reserve, the six-bed camp is perfect for intrepid explorers. 

Enjoy a safari experience reminiscent of exploring the unknown African hinterland in a 1920’s style. The petite camp exudes a spirit of the romance of yesteryear whilst ensuring that adventure and discovery are an essential part of the journey.

The safari experience includes breath-taking wildlife viewing drives in Great Plains’ specially-adapted vehicles, elephant-spotting canoe trips along the Selinda Spillway and exploring the area on foot. For a true bucket list in the bush experience, guests can even opt to dine with their toes in the water, as the camp’s dedicated team arrange a lantern-lit, ‘floating’ gourmet experience on the Spillway.

Nightly rates at Great Plains Okavango Explorers Camp start from $1,165 per person per night. Book via greatplainsconservation.com

Say yes to safari with Great Plains‘ New Okavango Explorers Camp, Botswana

Great Plains, the iconic eco-tourism company, has announced the opening of Okavango Explorers Camp in northern Botswana. Located in the 160,000-hectare private Selinda Reserve, the six-bed camp is perfect for intrepid explorers. 

Enjoy a safari experience reminiscent of exploring the unknown African hinterland in a 1920’s style. The petite camp exudes a spirit of the romance of yesteryear whilst ensuring that adventure and discovery are an essential part of the journey.

The safari experience includes breath-taking wildlife viewing drives in Great Plains’ specially-adapted vehicles, elephant-spotting canoe trips along the Selinda Spillway and exploring the area on foot. For a true bucket list in the bush experience, guests can even opt to dine with their toes in the water, as the camp’s dedicated team arrange a lantern-lit, ‘floating’ gourmet experience on the Spillway.

Nightly rates at Great Plains Okavango Explorers Camp start from $1,165 per person per night. Book via greatplainsconservation.com

Horsing Around

Ride the Border to Coast trail in Wales

Ideal for an adventure on home turf, this flagship six-day, five-night Border to Coast trail starts from Freerein HQ on the Welsh/English Border in the Wye Valley, and finishes on the sands of the Dovey Estuary, Ynyslas. This is a real trail riding expedition, covering 100 miles, crossing Wales along unmarked tracks and trails through wild, remote hills and valleys, staying overnight at friendly small inns and guest houses along the way.

Expect a varied coastal route, with stony tracks, open hills, river crossings and green lanes to meander through. The trails are a mixture of little used bridleways, old council roads and timeworn drovers’ routes crossing the Cambrian Mountains. The mixture of terrain means a varied riding pace each day – there will be lots of trotting to cover the distance and canters wherever the terrain allows.

On your 6th and final day of the trail, you will arrive on the beach at Ynyslas – from here, the group can enjoy an exhilarating final canter on the sands. Rates from £2199, book via saddletravel.com

Immerse yourself in forest yoga in Austria

Calling all yogis! The five-star Naturhotel Forsthofgut in Leogang, Austria, has created six new yoga shalas deep in the forest, and will be running a duo of special yoga breaks in September and November. 

The new platforms are made of local spruce wood – the perfect giving surface – and positioned to give inspiring mountain views and absolute tranquillity, with birdsong and the scent of pine in the air. It’s an idyllic setting in which to recalibrate mind, body and soul in harmony with nature.

One forest shala is large enough for a teacher with four students, another is reserved for individual sessions. Post-session, make the most of extensive 5-star facilities throughout the hotel’s celebrated forestSPA – which include steam baths, saunas, in- and outdoor relaxation areas, a natural swimming lake and to top if all off, an infinity pool with sublime mountain views.  

Prices for the 3- to 5- night Yoga Special packages start from £700, book via forsthofgut.at

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