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Adventurous Breaks in the Cotswolds

With new years resolutions at the forefront of people’s minds, active holidays in the Cotswolds are becoming increasingly popular. Although the Cotswolds provides a great atmosphere for winding down and enjoying the unspoilt English countryside, it also offers a range of activities for those looking for more adventure.

Wild Connections
wild connections
Wild Connections are a company that offer a range of outdoor experiences for those that want to long to connect with nature. As well as lessons in bushcraft and woodcraft, the whole family can enjoy activities such as archery and canoeing. Wild Connection aim to bring participants close to nature.

http://www.wildconnections.co.uk

Clay Pigeon Shooting There are a range of great clay pigeon shooting clubs across the Cotswolds, open to members, non-members, and amateurs. Shooting is experience a resurgence in popularity in recent years; it offers a great change of scene, and is suitable for most ages (clubs will often cater to all ages and abilities, although it is worth double checking when making arrangements). Popular shooting clubs in the Cotswolds include:

http://www.cotswoldcc.co.uk http://www.cotswoldclayshooting.co.uk http://www.prescottshooting.com

Fishing
cotswold fishing
The Cotswolds offers anglers some fantastic fishing opportunities and attracts fishermen from across the country (and beyond!). There are lakes and rivers scattered across the area, and the natural beauty of the Cotswolds makes fishing a truly relaxing experience. Carp, Trout, Chub and Pike are all common catches, as well as a range of other fish. For great angling opportunities, try:

http://www.linear-fisheries.co.uk http://www.salfordtroutlakes.co.uk http://www.midlands-flyfishing.co.uk

Conservation The Cotswold Countryside is celebrated as being unspoilt and of outstanding natural beauty, but this hasn’t happened by chance! Generations of locals have put in time and effort to ensure that the Cotswolds are conserved. This provides opportunities for holidaymakers and keen conservationists; conservation activities offer visitors to the Cotwolds a chance to play their part in caring for the local countryside. This is great for those who want to learn more about the local area, as well as playing their part in its preservation. For more information on Cotswold conservation activities, you can visit:

http://www.cotswoldcanals.com http://www.gloucestershirewildlifetrust.co.uk http://www.waterpark.org/trust/volunteering_1.html?category=volunteering_1

Hot Air Ballooning
cotswold hot air balloon
Taking to the skies is a fantastic way to appreciate the beauty (and scale) of the unspoilt Cotswolds. Spectacular views of the rolling hills, thick forests, green fields and flowing rivers can be had from the air; they truly are great way to appreciate the majesty of the area. There are a range of balloon tour operators in the area, including:

http://www.ballooninginthecotswolds.co.uk http://www.virginballoonflights.co.uk http://www.goballooning.co.uk/locations/south-west/Gloucestershire

This article only scrapes the surface of the many adventurous activities that can be done in the Cotswolds. The countryside offers a plethora of fantastic opportunities for those looking for more than just a relaxing break. What’s better than wrapping up in front of the fire in your beautiful Cotswold Cottage after a day of adventure?

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