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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


Cotswolds Adventure Weekend

3 Day - WEEKLY - Starting Fridays
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
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.

Cornwall Adventure Weekend

4 Day Active Weekend - WEEKLY - Starting Thursdays
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.

Wild Swimming

Devon Swimming Weekend

3 Day - FORTNIGHTLY - Starting Fridays
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!
Mullion Cove

Cornwall Mid-Week Swimming Break

4 Day - FORTNIGHTLY - Starting Tuesdays
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.

Devon Mid-Week Swimming Break

4 Day - FORTNIGHTLY - Starting Tuesdays
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


chipping campden golden stoned village

Cotswold Villages Walking Long Weekend

3 Day Self-Guided - WEEKLY - Starting Fridays
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.

Cotswold Mid-Week Walking Break

4 Day Self-Guided - WEEKLY - Starting Mondays
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.
Laurie Lee South Cotswolds

Cotswolds Walking Long Weekend

3 Day Guided - WEEKLY - Starting Fridays
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.

Cotswolds Mid-Week Walking Break

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


Conquer the Cotswolds

Self-Guided Cycling Weekend - WEEKLY - Starting Fridays
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
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

Cotswolds Mid-Week Cycling Break

4 Day Self-Guided - WEEKLY - Starting Mondays
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

Cotswolds Cycling Long Weekend

3 Day Guided - WEEKLY - Starting Fridays
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
cycle holidays

Cotswolds Mid-Week Cycling Break

4 Day Guided - WEEKLY - Starting Mondays
Escape the crowds and enjoy full and active days cycling through the stunning Cotswolds countryside, and picturesque villages, led by outstanding local guides.

Our Tours Are Rated 97% Excellent by Trip Advisor

  • star rating  Fabulous, fun packed weekend with experienced guides. We swam in beautiful locations and were fed well and thoroughly looked after. Swimming ability was not an issue as there were always... read more

    Jo M

    star rating  We had a fantastic 3 day weekend in South Devon. The guides were very friendly, helpful and informative. They took us to lots of unique and different locations and we... read more


    star rating  Amazing trip. Super well organized and fantastic guides and driver. So much fun. The sites were good, swimming was not too difficult, the water was chilly so definitely recommend... read more

  • star rating  I chose the 3 day swimming trip in Devon and it was fabulous! Varied swims in rivers, the sea and an outdoor lido and no pressure to do longer swims... read more


    star rating  Great guides who made our trip really enjoyable. There was no pressure to swim beyond your ability and we had time to chill. I really liked the variety of locations... read more


    star rating  My short midweek break was a delightful experience throughout with beautiful swimming and excellent organisation. The team were efficient yet relaxed and friendly, helpful and accommodating. The group was possibly... read more

  • star rating  The variety was great - from coasts to rivers to lidos. However what elevated this to a fantastic few days was our guides. They were professional, fun, and paid such... read more

    Kath S

    star rating  Devon Swim Tour. A fantastic experience, wonderful variety of swims. A fun bunch of people to swim with and great itinerary. The whole experience superbly executed by... read more


    star rating  This is our 3rd time traveling with Active England and we wouldn’t travel thru England any other way. They are incredibly thoughtful to work with. They made the stressful planning... read more

  • star rating  The swimming weekend in Devon was a joy from start to finish. Locations, local knowledge, and the expertise and good humour of the guides made it an experience I... read more


    star rating  I thoroughly enjoyed the 4 day swim trip with fabulous guides and friendly fellow swimmers, amazing locations and varied, highly enjoyable swims in clear waters. The guides were super friendly... read more


    star rating  Fabulous swim locations, expert guidance, congenial company, comfortable hotel - all put together with thorough planning and lots of smiles

  • star rating  Brilliant 3 day swimming trip to South Devon. Excellent organisation, value for money and leadership by enthusiastic, knowledgeable and fun guides. There was a good range of swimming... read more


    star rating  A fantastic weekend of swims led by enthusiastic, experienced and friendly guides. The two leaders and our driver could not have done more to make the weekend a memorable and... read more

    Elaine K

    star rating  We took the 4 days swimming tour in Cornwall. It was a great experience with plenty of opportunities to swim in this beautiful part of England. The tour was very... read more

  • star rating  We had the most wonderful short break on Dartmoor, swimming and walking, our guides were enthusiastic and very well informed on local knowledge.


    star rating  We had the most fantastic 4-day Devon swim tour with Active England - everything was perfectly organised making everything so easy for us, the swims were beautiful, varied and... read more


    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


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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