Top destinations for active holidays

Feeling active this half term?

The days are getting longer and the daffodils are sprouting. There’s a hint of Spring in the air as we finally emerge from January. What better way to spend the upcoming half term break than a holiday enjoying the beauty that our country has to offer outdoors? 

We’ve come up with some of the best UK holiday destinations for getting active this half term. From kayaking to rock climbing - we’ve got ideas for all levels. Whether you want to upgrade to a bigger car to fit in the bikes and a tent, or just to keep the kids happy on a longer trip, Karshare has the perfect car to rent for your half term holiday. 

The Peak District

The Peak District is a hub of adventure with its gorgeous limestone valleys, moors and well, peaks! It’s the perfect location for rock climbing or caving, check out Pure Outdoor’s fun range of activities. The Peak District is also incredibly bike friendly from low gradient traffic free trails to mountain biking up (and back down) Mam Tor, there’s a route to suit all skill levels. If getting on the water is more your style, there’s some spectacular kayaking spots, like the River Derwent or Tittesworth Reservoir.

The Forest of Dean

Immerse yourself in nature with a trip to The Forest of Dean in Gloucestershire. With 110 square kilometres of woodland, it’s one of the surviving ancient forests in England. It provides visitors with lots of opportunities for walking through the woods and along the River Wye. Or why not explore the forest from higher up - with a high ropes course or on a zipline at Go Ape? The Forest of Dean is also a wonderful place to connect to nature on a more spiritual level by taking part in the Japanese practice of Shinrin-Yoku (forest bathing). This form of meditation involves being calm among the trees and will surely leave you feeling refreshed.

The Nevis Range

Home of the country's highest peak, Ben Nevis, this area is known as the outdoor capital of the UK. While mountain hiking may seem strange in the winter, some would argue that the Scottish highlands are at their best in the colder months. Reaching heights of 650 meters, the Nevis Range Mountain Gondola is a fantastic way for all to experience the natural beauty of this area in comfort. And for real adventure seekers, the Highlands are perfect for winter mountaineering, skiing, snowboarding or even wild camping if you’re brave enough!


If you’re missing the sea then head to Cornwall and take in the salt air, sounds of gulls and over 400 miles of dramatic coastline. In an area known for its coastal walks, the scenic Lizard Peninsula is one of the best. While beautiful, the jagged cliffs and rocks are also treacherous, claiming hundreds of ships over the centuries, making this an ideal diving spot, too! Newquay, on Cornwall’s north coast, is a famous surf destination but the Newquay Water Sports Centre offers other activities too, with everything from stand up paddle boarding and kayaking to surf rafting and jet skiing.