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Short Breaks & Mini-Adventures in England

Weekends Away & Mid-Week Breaks in the UK

Make the most of your weekends away or your mid-week break out! Join us to walk, cycle, SUP, and kayak England’s famous rivers, or take an adventure weekend surfing, coasteering and wild swimming on Cornwall’s dramatic coast. Hop on a bike, tie up your laces for 3 or 4 days of biking or hiking through the Cotswolds, discover the tucked away trails, the hidden gems and incredible views on your active break in the countryside

Action packed days in the wilds glide into relaxed evenings in cosy country pubs, hand picked hotels, or sitting around the firepit, sharing stories with our “free beer and wine” fridge to keep the tales flowing.

Explore the Outdoors, Closer to Home

Reconnect with nature, the outdoors, and each other on a short break in the countryside or along the coast. All our trips start from an easy direct train ride from central London, accessible from across the country, so you can see the best parts of the British countryside and coast without a car. Finish each day in a country pub, glamping pod or a cosy hotel with wonderful food and in great company.

Choose your Mini-Break in the UK Here

Adventure

Cotswolds Adventure Weekend

3 Day - WEEKLY - Starting Fridays
From£699
Our Multi Activity Adventure Weekends are for like-minded active people who embrace weekends away in the Cotswolds and want to get stuck into some great activities.
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Cotswolds Mid-Week Adventure Break

4 Day Active Break - WEEKLY - Starting Mondays
From£849
Join our multi activity holidays and meet like-minded active people who embrace their weeks away and want to get stuck into some great activities.
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Cornwall Adventure Weekend

4 Day Active Weekend - WEEKLY - Starting Thursdays
From£929
Get stuck into an active weekend with a like-minded group, enjoying sea swimming, surfing, SUPing (Stand Up Paddleboarding), coastal cycling, clifftop walks and coasteering.
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Wild Swimming

Devon Swimming Weekend

3 Day - FORTNIGHTLY - Starting Fridays
From£399
This tour joins up the most stunning sea and estuary swims in Devon into a magical and reviving swimming weekend you’ll remember for a lifetime. Join one of our friendly groups, meet like-minded people and discover new places – from the water up!
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Thames Swimming Weekend

3 Day - WEEKLY - Starting Fridays
From£399
Swim, splash, glide and dive your way along the young Thames, from near its source and all the way into Oxford. Take a dip in the hidden wild swimming spots and feel refreshed and revived with a group of like-minded people on fully guided swimming weekend in the Cotswolds.
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Cornwall Mid-Week Swimming Break

4 Day - FORTNIGHTLY - Starting Tuesdays
From£499
Get stuck into an active wild swimming holiday in Cornwall, to discover the joys of sea swimming, estuary swooshing, hidden beaches and coves, sea pools and lidos.
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Devon Mid-Week Swimming Break

4 Day - FORTNIGHTLY - Starting Tuesdays
From£549
Invigorating and reviving, we'll take you to the hidden swimming spots, coves and beaches of Devon's gorgeous and rugged Coast and with beautiful wild swims on Dartmoor
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Walking

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Cotswold Villages Walking Long Weekend

3 Day Self-Guided - WEEKLY - Starting Fridays
From£369
Return to nature by hiking through the Cotswolds, enjoying the freedoms of walking at your own pace, in your own time. Walk our longer routes on your weekend away, averaging 10 miles each day.
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Cotswold Mid-Week Walking Break

4 Day Self-Guided - WEEKLY - Starting Mondays
From£469
Return to nature hiking through the Cotswolds, enjoying the freedoms of walking in at your own pace, in your own time, averaging 10 miles each day.
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Cotswolds Walking Long Weekend

3 Day Guided - WEEKLY - Starting Fridays
From£499
Take a walking weekend away in the Cotswolds, return to nature and discover the best of the English countryside, led by our outstanding guides. From Palace to pub, through gardens, along rivers, and more.
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Cotswolds Mid-Week Walking Break

4 Day Guided - WEEKLY - Starting Mondays
From£669
Walk through the Cotswolds this Autumn, let by our outstanding guides, escape into nature and discover the best of the English countryside.
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Biking

Conquer the Cotswolds

Self-Guided Cycling Weekend - WEEKLY - Starting Fridays
From£389
Cycle 80 miles a day for three days (shorter/longer routes available!) on this epic challenge which takes you on a full circuit around Cotswolds ‘Golden Triangle’ of Oxford, Stratford and Bath.
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Cotswolds Cycling Long Weekend

3 Day Self-Guided - WEEKLY - Starting Fridays
From£419
Explore the Cotswolds on two wheels, cycling at your own pace, on your own, as a couple or bringing your group with you for a fantastic long weekend away in the countryside
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Cotswolds Mid-Week Cycling Break

4 Day Self-Guided - WEEKLY - Starting Mondays
From£599
Escape the crowds and explore the Cotswolds, cycling on your own, at your own pace, as a couple or bringing your group with you for a cycling holiday through nature
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Cotswolds Cycling Long Weekend

3 Day Guided - WEEKLY - Starting Fridays
From£599
Take a break on a weekend of cycling through the best of the Cotswolds. Escape the crowds and return to nature, led by outstanding local guides
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Cotswolds Mid-Week Cycling Break

4 Day Guided - WEEKLY - Starting Mondays
From£799
Escape the crowds and enjoy full and active days cycling through the stunning Cotswolds countryside, and picturesque villages, led by outstanding local guides.
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Our Tours Are Rated 97% Excellent by Trip Advisor

  • star rating  My 6-day cycling trip in Kent was wonderful. This was my 4th trip with Active England (2 in the Cotswolds, 1 in the Cotswolds/Devon/Cornwall - a custom made trip -... read more

    LH1957
    1/16/2020

    star rating  My sister and I booked the Classic 8 day self-guided walking tour in mid-September of 2019. We both declared it one of the best trips either of us had... read more

    Becca H
    10/09/2019

    star rating  Frances and Active England Tours are fantastic! We booked a 3 day walking tour through the Cotswolds and it far exceeded what we expected; beautiful walks, lovely destinations, excellent accommodations,... read more

    KatieD2684
    10/05/2019
  • star rating  I cannot recommend this tour company highly enough for anyone looking to explore England’s beautiful countryside. Our tour guide was fantastic! Each destination was lovely with the perfect amount of... read more

    Emily B
    10/05/2019

    star rating  I traveled with the ACTIVE ENGLAND group fall 2019 on both the Classic Cotswold and the Cornwall/Devon trips. I chose guided hiking but joined self guided guests and... read more

    Pookawinner
    10/02/2019

    star rating  My husband and I were looking for a guided walk through the countryside of England that included classic pubs. Not only did Active England provide that, but they also included... read more

    cap18i
    9/26/2019
  • star rating  We did the 3 day self-guided tour and experienced 3 days of amazing rides throughout the beautiful Cotswolds. Picture small towns, small farming roads with fields, sheep, cows, and... read more

    Peyton M
    9/26/2019

    star rating  We did the 3 day self-guided tour and experienced 3 days of amazing rides throughout the beautiful Cotswolds. Picture small towns, small farming roads with fields, sheep, cows, and... read more

    Emerson M
    9/26/2019

    star rating  We can't say enough about our cycling tour with Active England. Even Mother Nature cooperated with glorious weather. Jago, our cycling guide was enthusiastic, entertaining and patient. We rode through... read more

    Bicyclemanics
    9/24/2019
  • star rating  What an amazing time my husband and I had with Active England in the Cotswolds! From start to finish, Jago and Howard did everything possible to make our... read more

    Anita W
    9/22/2019

    star rating  My wife and I truly enjoyed our 8 day walk thru the Cotswolds. We are from the Arizona desert, so to be totally immersed in England’s beautiful rural countryside was... read more

    dscledwards
    9/17/2019

What you need to know before your UK Short Break - FAQs

Can I join as a solo traveller?

All our trips are open for single travellers to join, these trips are a great way to meet social, like-minded people, active and looking for a great holiday. “As a single female, I would not hesitate to go on another Active England trip as a solo traveller”. S.G. Over 30% of our guests travel alone and swimmers are always very accommodating and welcoming. Solo guests have the option to have a room on their own or share with another guest.

Can i bring my family on a short break?

Yes! While some of our adventure and swimming breaks require a certain age for the activities, we encourage families on our trips. On our Adventure holidays we offer a free beer and wine fridge in the evenings which is only available to over 18s. If you would like to bring your family on a specific trip or organise a private break please get in touch by calling  +44 (0) 333 090 3116 or emailing us at hello@activeenglandtours.com

What is included in a UK short break?

Each tour is unique! It’s best to click on the individual tour pages for a list of ‘What’s Included’ and ‘What’s Not Included’ or get in touch so we can help you pick your perfect trip!

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