People in the country has already been feeling hints of the winter season. It has started to snow in some areas and the cold air is already breezing past every window.
With that, people are closing down their homes, making it feel warm as possible. Some are already prepared to stay in most days and just enjoy slumbering the winter season away. However, the winter season is much too precious to be spent indoors.
There are plenty of outdoor winter activities to try. With the right clothing and winter gear, you’ll be able to fully experience the joy winter activities can bring.
Here are some great winter activities the whole family can try. Thanks to The Guardian for these ideas.
Take a walk in the mountains with a Harris hawk. These compact and elegant raptors are among the birds kept at West Highland Hawking in the Torridons. They also have owls, falcons, kestrels and magnificent golden eagles.
You can spend a day learning about the birds and the ancient sport of falconry, before donning the glove and launching one of the birds into the sky in a widening gyre over the hills and loch. You use a piece of chicken to lure it back to your arm.
Mountain biking, Machynlleth
On the southern edge of Snowdonia national park, and once the seat of Owain Glyndwr’s government, Machynlleth is now a major mountain biking centre. In the Dyfi forest, there is a specially built, fantastically varied, 15km circuit, including a final descent that has rock jumps, banked turns and berms, and a feature called the “eye of the needle” where you have to land in the narrow gap between two trees.
There are other routes and you can even create your own (with help from the Holey Trail bike shop) in the hills overlooking the sands of the wide Dyfi estuary.
Canyoning, Brecon Beacons
Canyoning (or gorge walking) is a great activity for making you feel like a real adventurer, but is actually pretty easy. For a start, it’s all downhill. Black Mountain Activities near Hay-on-Wye, has found the ideal gorge in the Brecon Beacons where you will clamber over boulders and fallen tree trunks, wade through the water and slide down weirs and plunge into pools. For the brave there are potholes to explore.
· 01497 847 897, blackmountainlodge.co.uk. A day’s gorge walking for £69 (£55 children) They offer a range of accommodation.
Winter survival, East Midlands
Dave Watson developed his skills not in the SAS but living rough as a teenager. His company, Woodland Survival Crafts, runs a winter survival course on the Derbyshire-Leicestershire border, which teaches you shelter-building, foraging in these unfecund months, and how to light a fire when all around you is damp (it involves a bow).
· 01283 730851, woodlandsurvivalcrafts.com. Three-day survival course for £165.
Do you fancy trying any of these out? Be sure to check the websites in those links above!