From wintermountaineerign in Scotland to summertime canyoning in England, the United Kingdom boasts plenty of great activities for participants of all ages, skill levels and outdoor preferences.
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Composed of England, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales, the United Kingdom is a small but diverse place and full of plenty of action for all kinds of outdoor adventurers.
Hiking (hill walking as it is known in the UK) is the most popular activity and can be done just about anywhere. There are thousands of kilometers of trails all across the UK from trails to the summit of aforementioned peaks to one that takes you all the way across England from east to west.
Aside from hiking, rock climbing is also popular. While rock climbing can be done across Great Britain (UK minus Northern Ireland), Scotland is the most popular spot. Many opt to head to the Isle of Skye and climb the munros on the famed ridge that runs across the island.
Via ferrata in England’s Peak District and various water sports in the Lake District are also popular summertime attractions.
In the winter, many mountaineers head to Ben Nevis to take on the peak. It is one of the few points in the UK that consistently has snow in the winter and due to the harsh conditions is considered ideal practice for mountaineering in the Alps.
The UK has a temperate climate in spite of its northern latitude. This generally means that the country experiences cool and wet winters and warm and wet summers. Average temperatures tend to sit around 5 ºC (41 ºF) or more in the winter and reach 15 ºC (59 ºF) or more in the summer.
This generally depends on where you are heading in the country. Trips to England’s Lake and Peak districts (where most outdoor activities take place) generally begin with a flight into Manchester Airport (MAN). Trips to Scotland generally begin with a flight into Glasgow Airport (GLA). And trips to Wales generally begin with a flight into either Cardiff Airport (CFL) or Liverpool John Lennon Airport (LPL). From any of these airports, it is easiest to rent a car and drive to your final destination.
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