THE BEST UK STAYCATIONS FOR FITNESS FREAKS


Sitting still not your thing? You’re in the right place this summer. 2020 is the year of the staycation, and the UK is hardly known for its tropical climates and pure-white beaches – so there’s no excuse not to blow off the lockdown cobwebs and get active. From wellness and yoga to full-on adventure, here are some of the best fitness staycations the UK has to offer.

Much Better Adventures

“Proper adventure holidays in wild places” is the strapline – sign us up. These guys offer just about everything a true adventurer could want from a holiday, from bikepacking in the Peaks and canoeing in Snowdonia, to a marooned remote island experience and “adventure tapas” for those who love a bit of everything. And, when the world is ready for us again, head back to Much Better Adventures and delve into everything they have to offer in the most wild and stunning corners of the world. Better clear your calendar now – you’ll want to do them all.

 

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The Zest Life

Specialising in yoga retreats in North Wales, The Zest Life has a retreat to suit basically everyone, with various activities on offer to go alongside a healthy dose of spiritual wellness. Choose from yoga and wild swimming, yoga and hiking Snowdon, yoga and relaxation…you get the idea. While you’re there, enjoy nutritious vegetarian meals (hello, cooking inspo) and the beautiful location at Plas Cadnant country house, and forget the real world even exists for a weekend. And, if you are or know a yogi bride-to-be, there’s even a “Healthy Hen Weekend” on offer.

 

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Workout Away

Luckily for us, Workout Away have expanded their European offering to include a fitness holiday right here in the UK. Head down to Barton-on-Sea, near Bournemouth, for two or three night breaks - think HIIT, yoga, bootcamp sessions and coastal walks, with the sea on your doorstep to cool off in once all’s said and done. Stay and eat at the charming, independent Cliff House restaurant and hotel, and get your evening R&R with stunning views over the Solent. And, because you’ll love it, earmark Workout Away’s trips to India, Portugal and Greece for next year. 

 

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Tresco Wellness Breaks

The second-biggest of the Isles of Scilly, and the only that’s privately owned, Tresco is an absolute gem of sophistication and luxury. Wellness breaks on the island are the ultimate escape, and a spot on one is like gold dust – they’re run once a year, featuring mindfulness walks around Tresco’s stunning north coast, and yoga and meditation with some of the UK’s best instructors, as well as membership to the Tresco Island Spa for the duration of your trip. And, in October 2021, Triscape’s first UK swim retreat comes to Tresco, offering the perfect introduction to open water swimming with Olympian Keri-Anne Payne – although international travel may be on the cards by then, we think we’ll head here instead. 

 

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