Outdoor Activities to Begin in 2021
A lot has happened in the last year. As so many of us have stayed at home for so long, it’s likely we have all been dreaming of the adventures we can experience when restrictions are finally lifted. Now that the Prime Minister has announced the government roadmap for escaping lockdown, our lives will hopefully return to the daily routine we once knew.
To prepare, why don’t you start thinking about how your active life might change?
Here are some ideas for activities that you can start now and in the future.
If you’re tempted to get on your bike, you’re not alone. The 2020 lockdowns led to us all thinking of alternatives to public transport and new ways to indulge in some exercise, meaning that sales of bicycles soared.
In September, Halfords reported an increase of 46% in like-for-like sales and profit forecasts for the cycling brand were revised to over £55 million – over double the lowest £25 million forecast from earlier in the year.
It may be that you want to go for a ride around the cycle trails of your local park. Or maybe you’ve been cycling for a while and want to take things up a level in 2021, progressing to mountain biking. Maybe you have been working from home for the past 12 months, and your employers are beginning to discuss a return to the office. If this is the case, and you are in urgent need of a mode of transport, a bad credit loan could help you with purchasing a bike to get to work.
Looking for something a little more sedate? Fishing could be right up your street. There are picturesque fishing locations up and down the country, and it’s likely you’re not more than a few miles from your local hotspot.
While it may seem as though there’s a lot of sitting around here, this is a hobby that needs good upper body strength. Setting up, casting off, and winding in when you get a bite gives your upper body and arms a workout.
There’s various kit you’ll need for fishing. As well as a rod, you’ll need hooks, weights and floats, as well as bait and a foldup chair to sit in wherever you set up for the day.
Hiking and walking
There are many hiking routes and mountainous treks located across the UK and there are different types to suit different abilities. Most take a few days to complete, so if you’d like to plan a trip for later in the year when lockdown has eased, you’ll need to book into hotels and B&Bs along the way.
Some of the most famous walks include Hadrian’s Wall Path, which covers 75 miles across Cumbria and Northumberland; the South West Coast Path, taking in a huge 630 miles from Minehead in Somerset to Poole Harbour in Dorset; and the 977 meter-high Scafell Pike in the Lake District.
You’ll need good quality walking boots and appropriate outerwear to make sure you’re ready to battle the elements.
What outdoor activities will you take up in 2021?