Posted 27th Sep 2017
It appears summer is well and truly over (sorry!)
However, this doesn’t mean that your workout regimes need to move from the great outdoors into the confines of a gym just yet, especially with National Fitness Day approaching on the 27th September.
Autumn is still warm enough for outdoor exercise, and with the countryside now bursting with rich reds, oranges and golds thanks to the change in season, it might actually be best season of all to get fit outdoors.
Premier Inn definitely thinks so, so here are seven of the most beautiful places across the UK to get fit outside this National Fitness Day.
Surfing at Fistral Beach, Cornwall
Riding the waves in autumn and winter is a great way to burn off some of the excess calories you might be tempted to eat as it’s now baggy jumper season. It supports great cardiovascular fitness and works your legs and core muscles.
What makes this even more appealing is the stunning coastal locations where you can give it a go. Whether you’re an experienced surfer or looking to start out, picturesque Cornwall offers some of the best surfing in the country. Fistral Beach in Cornwall can often get crowded in the summer, so take the opportunity to have the waves to yourself during the autumn months.
Mountain running on the South Downs Way, Sussex
A run along the coast is going to be a winner in any season, however up high on the Seven Sisters cliffs in autumn, you can often see a mist enveloping the coastline which makes the scenery all the more impressive.
With South Downs Way stretching for some 100 miles through the South Downs National Park from Winchester to Eastbourne, the coastline isn’t the only selling point either – offering up everything from deep woodland, rolling hills and views that reach over the villages and towns that litter the South coast.
Bike riding at Cadair Idris, Gwynedd, Wales
The mountain of Cadair Idris in Wales is one of Britain’s greatest photo opportunities, with the summit overlooking Llyn Cau - an expansive lake with rich greenery surrounding it and thick woodland on the Northern side.
There’s also flat land that makes Cadair Idris the ideal place for a day out on the 27th for all fitness levels. The mountain offers up ‘the Pony Path’ - a challenging route for trail runners, while the flat routes are perfect for a scenic bike ride. And, if that’s not your thing - the view from the summit in autumn makes it possibly the most impressive place for outdoor yoga.
Wild swimming in Loch Ness, Scotland
If your fitness regime centres around a love for wild swimming, then National Fitness Day deserves a special swim, and it doesn’t get much more bucket list than a swim in the world-famous Loch Ness. As long as you’re not afraid of Nessie… or low temperatures!
While late September won’t have reached the depths of November through to Spring temperatures, expect a cold but rewarding swim. The red and gold hues of the surrounding trees might just warm you up a bit though!
Trail Running in Wendover Woods, The Chilterns
Not far from London, you’ll find Wendover Woods – just one part of the many trails stretching across the Chilterns that take in the likes of Ridgeway and Icknield Way. The dense amount of ancient beach trees at Wendover Woods make it a rewarding trail run that stretches for 10km. One to add to the list for any runner looking to avoid the boredom of the treadmill and experience something much more fulfilling.
Mountain biking in The Forest of Dean, Gloucestershire
The Forest of Dean in Gloucestershire is a great place to visit at any time of the year, but it’s definitely at its most beautiful when autumn rolls around. The criss-cross of quiet countryside roads are a joy for cyclists with the climb up Wye Valley and glide back down as you weave throughout the forest.
If you’re well-versed on two wheels, you can even ride the route of the 85-mile Forest of Dean Spring Classic – potentially as a trail run for when the real thing rolls around in 2018!
Rock Climbing in Malham Cove, North Yorkshire
A rock climbers dream come true, Malham Cove plays host to avid climbers all year round, but the morning mist and change in trees makes a late September climb a real must. Once you’re at the top, you might recognise the scenery too, being a key filming location for Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows.
Mysterious, impressive and a real challenge, Malham Cove has got it all, and the many trails that surround it make it worth a trip for walkers, runners or cyclists if climbing isn’t quite your bag, too.
Images courtesy of Alamy