Best Late-Season Locations For Every Activity

Summer may officially be behind us, but the time to get out there is far from over. The late season brings with it plenty of reasons to get your fill of adventure – it just takes a little bit of expert knowledge of where to go to make the most of it. Luckily for you, we can help there. Here’s our guide to the best locations for your favourite outdoor adventure.

Walking

Walking in autumn is unpredictable in all the best ways, and the dramatic backdrop of the changing seasons only makes the UK’s best views even more epic. For a taste of the wild before the extreme winter weather sets in (although we love that, too), venture to the Scottish Highlands or the Lake District for a chance to have some iconic summits all to yourself. If you prefer your climates a little less wild, but no more predictable, keep to the south and head to the hills of the Brecon Beacons, the vast landscapes of Exmoor and Dartmoor or the dramatic rocks of the South West Coast Path, made even more unforgettable by coastal winds and choppy tides. 

Cycling

The UK has some of the best cycling routes around, offering plenty of one-day sportif-style rides with all the punishing climbs and epic views you’d hope for. Combine that with the stunning autumn colours and crisp sunsets and we think you’ve got the perfect late-season activity. Head to the New Forest with its long, winding paths and unique mix of ancient, ornamental and native trees to experience everything you love about this time of year all at once, or head north to the cyclist’s paradise that is the Lake District for a variety of rides and views that never disappoint.

Camping

Peak camping season may be over, but autumn brings with it a whole new set of joys to be discovered. Think spotting wildlife with the kids, watching the sunsets and creating a cosy space in your tent as the night draws in – all with a good chance of still getting your daily dose of Vitamin D. Head to the Cotswolds for forest paths, bracing hill walks and charming villages, or for watersports fans, you can’t go wrong in the Forest of Dean with the River Wye on your doorstep. Of course, if you prefer to stay closer to home and avoid the changeable weather, there’s always a glamping pod to be found – we won’t tell!

Climbing

Climbing is a true year-round sport as different locations become more accessible with the changing seasons, meaning you’re never short of crags to explore. However, for many people, climbing is a summer-only pursuit, which means that the turn of the season is the perfect time to visit spots which are normally overrun with people competing for the routes. Dancing Ledge in Dorset has around 100 climbs of all levels (and if you go out of peak season, you’ll have your pick of them all) or head to The Cuttings, which can get far too hot in the summer but is perfect in cooler weather. Finally, check out the Southgate Area on the south Gower coast for a safe bet: its sheltered location keeps you protected from whatever the autumn weather might throw at you.


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