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.

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Wild Swimming

Devon Swimming Weekend

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!

Devon Mid-Week Swimming Break

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

Cornwall Mid-Week Swimming Break

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.



Our Tours Are Rated 97% Excellent by Trip Advisor

  • star rating  Recently did one of the Cotswold self-guided walking tours through Active England. The itinerary was excellent, as was Jago Hartland who met with us for orientation and kept in touch... read more

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    star rating  Super helpful, friendly and amenable team at Active England helped us have a brilliant experience. We are a late 50's Australian couple and not super fit, but the ebikes ... read more

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    November 1, 2022

    star rating  Our Cotswolds bike trip was Amazing!! Thank you to our fantastic guide, Conor.
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  • star rating  I loved the freedom and flexibility of Active England's self-guided Short Walks in the Cotswolds tour. It was easy to use the provided routes, the hotels were very nice,... read more

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    October 26, 2022

    star rating  Had an amazing 4 day bike tour in the Cotwolds with our guide Amanda, tour director Jago and support from the wonderful office staff. We have nothing but great things... read more

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    October 18, 2022

    star rating  The perfect way to experience the Cotswolds was on a bicycle. Four days of lovely countryside, interesting inns, old churches and charming towns. Rick did an awesome job of supporting... read more

    October 6, 2022
  • star rating  From the planning stages of our fabulous self guided walk in the Cotswolds to our transfer and tour of Oxford and Bath, the Active England team were excellent. Jago took... read more

    October 6, 2022

    star rating  Can't say enough about Jago and the team. Walks were stupendous, inns were stunning, and the pub/restaurant recommendations were spot on. Transportation always punctual. Jago even gave us a bonus... read more

    October 1, 2022

    star rating  What a fabulous few days! Our guides, Tatty and Chris looked after us incredibly well. We didn't have to look at a map/check tide times/book restaurants/drive. Great... read more

    August 30, 2022
  • star rating  So many different secret and semi-secret swimming places that I could never have found on my own - and even if I had found them, I wouldn't have wanted... read more

    August 29, 2022

    star rating  Chris and Jago were flexible, fun and incredibly helpful during our three-week bike journey in England. Chris was amazing at 'making changes on the go,' including showing us and delighting... read more

    August 29, 2022

    star rating  My son (30) and I (69) has a splendid self guided trip arranged by Active England. The bikes were first rate, the routes were gorgeous and mostly empty of cars,... read more

    August 21, 2022
  • star rating  I really enjoyed my self-guided cycle tour of the Cotswolds with Active England Tours. Iago was a very knowledgeable guide who was very kind and accommodating. I am so grateful... read more

    August 19, 2022

    star rating  Our arrival was a bit bumpy due to the train strikes. This incredible company immediately responded and were very diligent to get to us. Jago our Host for the tour... read more

    August 19, 2022

    star rating  Imagine tree-lined paths, peaceful moments with sky everywhere, and closing the day in a cosy pub- it was everything we imagined it would be! We did a six day... read more

    July 31, 2022
  • star rating  My son and I just completed a three week LeJog tour through Active England, and were impressed with all the guides' professionalism and caring attitudes. They also made it... read more

    July 6, 2022

    star rating  We are a Bliss of four wild women who love wild swimming and have just completed an amazing weekend of open water swimming with our wonderful guides Tatty and Laura.... read more

    June 26, 2022

    star rating  The LeJog tour with Active England was a bike tour of a lifetime. 19 days of riding averaging 60 miles per day. The guides were outstanding... read more

    June 21, 2022

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

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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