Alternate Sports To Start This Spring

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With the bulbs budding and the bees buzzing, it seems spring has officially sprung on the shores of the UK. As temperatures climb to heady heights not seen since autumn shed its leaves at the close of 2013, now is the perfect time to shake off the winter cobwebs and venture out into spring to indulge in a spot of sport and recreation.

Here at Sykes, we’re revelling in the air of renewed optimism that spring always seems to bring; hence this blog, which will hopefully rouse our readership into a similar state of mind. From jogging around the local park to riding your bike to work, there’s a whole host of active things you can get up to now the temperatures are milder and the sun sticks around for a few hours longer. But if you’re tired of the same run-of-the-mill activities, take a look at our shortlist of some of the best alternative sports to try your hand at this spring.

Climb a tree or two…or three…

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It seems us Brits are never content to stay on dry land; now, we’ve taken to the trees to get our cheap thrills and with adventure companies like Go Ape! offering the chance to scale tree-top obstacle courses, it’s easy to see why climbing trees has become so popular.  Sites like Go Ape! are available in wooded areas across the country, so if you want to make like a monkey on your next getaway, consider visiting your nearest forest adventure centre this spring- it’s good, clean fun for all the family!

Get muddy up a mountain!

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During the winter months, ice winds and cloying mud usually confine mountain biking to true downhill diehards. Now that spring is here however, this exhilarating outdoor pursuit is much more amateur friendly. Mountain biking has been one of the UK’s favourite open-air activities for decades, and there are a huge variety of different forms of the sport to choose from. Plus, you won’t actually need a mountain to go mountain biking. The sport is accessible almost anywhere you can find a country trail, so grab your bike and get off the beaten track this spring.

Go coasteering at the coast

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Coasteering: the new coastal craze that sees plucky adventurers swimming, climbing and diving their way along some of Britain’s most beautiful stretches of coastline. Not for the faint hearted, coasteering is a physically demanding sport (we use the term loosely) that is both exhilarating and rewarding for those brave enough to give it a try. Cornwall, Northumberland and the Scottish Coast are the current coasteering hot spots, though the sport looks set to spread to other regions soon- give it a go on your next getaway, we promise it’ll be a day out you’ll never forget!

Take part in the world’s biggest treasure hunt!

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Spice up your springtime stroll with a spot of geocaching, the world’s biggest and best grown-up friendly treasure hunt. Introduced by the Americans in the early 2000’s, Geocaching is the 21st century’s answer to letterboxing; a 150-year-old game whereby clues and references to a particular spot were inserted into stories. The modern version relies on a GPS-enabled device to help pinpoint the position of a geocache- a container filled with trinkets or other personal effects- and it’s the job of the geocacher to locate these hidden gems in the landscape. Currently, there are over 2 million active geocaches waiting to be found across the globe, and many of them are hidden right here in the UK- cool eh?

So there you have it, our shortlist of the best alternative sports to try this spring. Found a specific set of trees you’d like to climb or a geocache you fancy having a pop at finding? Then rent a cottage this springtime with Sykes Cottages. There’s some great offers to be had this time of year thanks to our sensational spring sale, so put a spring in your step this season with a wonderful self-catering holiday from Sykes Cottages!

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Jonathan Tuplin

By Jonathan Tuplin

Jonathan is a lover of books, music and good food. Originally from Yorkshire, there's nothing he likes more than a cycle in the country. One of his favourite spots in the UK is Tenby, where he spent many a happy holiday as a child.

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