Make the most of our 7723 miles of beautiful coastline
1. Hike it
The 3,000 mile England Coast Path is still several years from completion, but new, hike-able sections are opening up all the time. In December 2014, the Norfolk stretch of the England Coast Path was launched, adding 25 miles to the county’s already existing coastal path. You can also walk sections in Northumbria, Cumbria and Dorset, with more stretches due to open later this year. Head to nationaltrail.co.uk for the latest news.
Explore the British coast this spring | Fotolia
2. Camp it
…in the most dramatic way possible. Wales-based Gaia Adventures is offering outdoor lovers the chance to try cliff camping off the Anglesey coast. Campers will abseil down
to a portable ledge and strap in for a night’s sleep above the swirling waters of the Irish Sea. Prices start at £190 per person, based on a group of three. Book at gaiaadventures.co.uk.
3. Kayak it
Kayaking and canoeing are on the rise. In 2014 participation in paddling grew to an all-time high of 1.5 million. Get on board with the trend and explore the UK coastline: Dorset, Cornwall, Anglesey and the Hebrides are all sea kayaking hotspots. Find a starter session at gocanoeing.org.uk
4. Bike it
The Great Tour, a 64 day, 6,800km cycle around the British coast kicks off on 4 July, starting and ending in Holyhead, Wales. A (hard)core group of riders will complete the whole route, tackling an average of 100km a day, but you can also join in for day- or week-long stages, with entry starting at £50. Visit thegreattour.co.uk to enter.
5. Kitesurf it
Buy the latest issue of OAG to find out how! We ask Kitesurfing pro Andy Gratwick about how to harness the power of the wind, who can do it and why it’s the best water sport he’s ever tried.