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Amazing places to get active outside of London

Swap the city for majestic mountains, stunning surf spots and world-class cycling routes

By Ellie Walker-Arnott. Sponsored by PRO 2GO
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Staying fit doesn't need to be boring – far from it. The UK is dotted with fantastic places to climb, swim, cycle, run and surf. What's more, many of them are doable as a day trip. Here are some of our faves.

Sea kayaking in Dorset
Sea kayaking in Dorset
Photograph: Justin Glynn

Try sea kayaking in Dorset

Get up close to a stunning stretch of Dorset’s Jurassic Coast by eyeing it from the waves. Explore arches, caves and beautiful sea stacks – and if you’re lucky, spot wildlife – in this protected corner of Studland Bay.

Hiking the South Downs
Hiking the South Downs
Photograph: Sam Moore

Hike the South Downs Way

Pull on your walking boots and set off on a hike across a succession of peaks that’ll leave your calves burning. Within easy reach of London, the South Downs are a mix of lush woodland, rolling hills and chalky sea cliffs. Walk a short section of the South Downs Way or tackle the whole 100 miles if you’ve got a few days on your hands. It runs straight through the middle of the area, from the ancient city of Winchester to Beachy Head.

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Go Ape
Go Ape
Photograph: Rachel Keenan

Go Ape at Alice Holt

Good with heights? You will be after you’ve tackled an assault course high above the ground in this Hampshire forest. Take the Tree Top Challenge for ropes, zip wires, swings and obstacles, all up to 14 metres from the forest floor.

Rock climbing at Bowles
Rock climbing at Bowles
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Learn to rock climb at Bowles

Bowles is the only UK outdoor centre that boasts a natural sandstone crag for climbing. Learn the ropes with an instructor at this Tunbridge Wells spot as part of a course or one-off session.

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Box Hill
Box Hill
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Cycle the Box Hill Olympic Route

Pit yourself against the best cyclists in the world by taking on Box Hill. The green peak near Dorking was used as part of the road race event in the London 2012 Olympics. Take a picturesque loop through the Surrey Hills, along country lanes and up challenging slopes.

Start SUP at Bray Lake

Stand Up Paddleboarding is the water sport you’ll want to take up in 2019. Give it a go at a sociable evening or weekend club session at Bray Lake activity centre in Berkshire. Once you’ve got your balance, you could sign up to a Paddle & Pick litter collecting session on the Thames.

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Holkham Beach
Holkham Beach
Photograph: David Burton / Alamy Stock Photo

Run on Holkham Beach

You can go for a run pretty much anywhere, but you know what’s more enjoyable than jogging beside a bus on a busy city pavement? Running on a beach that stretches for quiet, peaceful miles. Holkham Beach in Norfolk, backed by pine trees, sand dunes and a nature reserve, is an expanse of sand, where the sea merges with the sky.

Surf in Cornwall

There's zero need to leave the UK to catch some surf. Cornwall’s craggy coastline rivals America’s West Coast when it comes to waves. Beginner? Get on a board in pretty St Ives for lessons from the pros. If you’re already confident, go for a multi-day ‘surfari’. You’ll try out all the best beaches for riding the waves near Newquay with daily lessons to hone those sweet skills.

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