Sports Activities In The Peak District
While many people like to go on holiday to relax and soak up the sun, some people like to do something a bit different, a bit more energetic and adventurous. Sports and activities holidays are not for everyone but, for the people who do like sport, there is nothing better than going away and getting involved with something new and exciting. The Peak District in the north of England has plenty to offer for anyone who wants to try a new sport or feel the adrenaline pumping through their veins as they try a new extreme challenge.
One example of a popular sport that takes place in the Peak District is hang gliding. Hang gliding is an air sport where someone flies in a light, non-motorised aircraft that is not unlike a giant kite. The person is strapped into the hang glider and is able to control the direction of the glider by using their body weight against the air. Hang gliding gives the glider a unique view of the countryside from high up in the air that not many people will experience in their lifetime. While it can be cold in the sky, the adrenaline felt pumping through your veins is unrivalled and can be a once in a lifetime experience. However, many people find a love of hang gliding after their first time and take it up as a lifelong hobby. It is a great way to keep fit and enjoy some time alone or with friends.
Another sport which many people enjoy taking part in in the Peak District is mountain biking. One of the most popular sites for mountain biking, Edale, is located in the heart of the Peak District national park. It has routes for both people who are having their first go at mountain biking and routes for those who are more experienced and want a difficult challenge. The 'Dark Peak' in particular, which is made up of shale's and grit stones, has routes with steeper inclines that will cause even the most hardened mountain biker to stop for breath. The views from the mountain bike routes are spectacular and there are plenty of places for groups of cyclists to stop and have a picnic while taking in the beautiful scenery.
Whether it is up in the air or riding across the mountains, the Peak District has lots to offer for fans of all sporting activities. There are plenty of teachers and guides in the area who will be willing to offer advice and support for beginners but the more experienced sports fans are able to get on with what they want to do quickly and with the glorious backdrop of this outstanding area of beauty. There are also plenty of hotels and bed and breakfasts in the area for anyone who wants to make a weekend break of their favourite activity.
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