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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.

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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  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

    star rating  I have done two bespoke bicycle trips organized by Active England, the latest a LEJOG over three weeks. Excellent guides — knowledgeable, industrious, attentive and delightful company — throughout the... read more

    June 21, 2022

    star rating  We had a group of 6 of us and Active England set us up on an amazing tour. We rode through the beautiful Cotswolds, visited Stonehenge and ended at... read more

    June 2, 2022
  • star rating  Our group of 8 women did the Cycle Cotswolds Tour and it was amazing. Our guides Chris and Jess were the best guides you could ask for, they were professional,... read more

    June 1, 2022

    star rating  Not an honest organization. Out of consideration for them I left my deposit with them during the pandemic instead of requesting its return. In the meantime they changed the policy... read more

    March 30, 2022

    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
    September 25, 2021
  • 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

    September 11, 2021

    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

    August 31, 2021

    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

    August 26, 2021
  • 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

    August 26, 2021

    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

    August 25, 2021

    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
    August 24, 2021
  • 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

    August 24, 2021

    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

    August 13, 2021

    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

    August 12, 2021

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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