Best winter outdoor activities for adventure seekers

by Rita Costa

Winter in the UK presents a unique opportunity for outdoor enthusiasts to experience the thrill of nature in a different, colder guise. While the chilly weather might deter some, there are ample activities for those who love the great outdoors and the winter scenery. 

Here are some of the best outdoor activities to try this winter in the UK:

White water rafting

The UK's rivers don't freeze over in winter, making white water rafting an exhilarating experience during the colder months. Rivers like the Tryweryn in North Wales or the Tay in Scotland offer varying levels of rapids, suitable for both beginners and experienced rafters. The crisp air and the rush of navigating the thrilling waters make for an unforgettable adventure. Our partner Cardiff International White Water (CIWW) in Cardiff Bay is a top choice, offering both challenging rapids for the experienced and gentler flows for beginners.



The UK's dry ski slopes offer a fantastic winter skiing experience. Alpine Snowsports Southampton and Torquay Alpine Ski Club are excellent choices, catering to both beginners and seasoned skiers with their well-maintained wide range of slopes and expert instructors.



The UK’s coasts offer some of the best winter surfing spots. Places like Cornwall, Devon, and even the colder Scottish coasts see a dedicated group of surfers braving the chilly waters. Winter swells tend to be more consistent and powerful, making it an ideal time for experienced surfers, and you get the added bonus of crowd-free beautiful beaches!



A fun and less skill-intensive alternative to skiing is donutting. Many dry ski slopes in the UK offer donutting, where you can slide down the slopes on a large rubber ring. It's a thrilling activity that requires no special skills, making it perfect for families or groups of friends looking for some winter fun. Make sure to visit our partner Ski Rossendale located at the heart of Lancashire for a fun winter donutting experience!


Mountain biking

Winter transforms the UK's mountain biking trails, offering a completely different scenery, especially when the mountains are covered in a thin layer of snow. Popular destinations like the Lake District, Scotland’s Fort William, or the trails in Wales' Snowdonia provide some breathtaking winter mountain biking experiences.


Each of these activities offers a unique way to enjoy the UK's outdoors during winter. Whether you're seeking a thrilling adventure or a fun day out with friends and family, the UK's winter outdoor activities have something for everyone.

Looking for more inspiration? Check out Top 5 places to go skiing in the UK and 3 must-do activities for a perfect Lake District weekend.

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