Days out | January recovery

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Family-friendly day trips to get the new year off to a cracking good start


You’d have to have been living under a pretty large boulder to not notice the new super-cool sport taking the nation by storm, and it’s easy to see why – climbing is highly sociable, fun for all ages, and requires neither equipment nor previous experience to get started. You simply need to turn up with a friend who can show you the ropes (or lack of, in the case of bouldering), rent a pair of shoes, and take to the wall.


Here in Bristol, surfing doesn’t necessarily mean hitting the beach – near East Compton is a brand-new inland surf destination called The Wave where you can bank on great waves every time. Hone your skills in the advanced sessions or dip in your toe for the first time in the beginner area where consistent and safe waves will help you get to grips with technique.


The OG zero-cost, feel-good activity. If you’re not a running regular then the NHS Couch to 5k podcast is a great way to get going – gentle interval training will have you jogging without stopping in no time. 5k park runs are a great way to kick off the weekend as a family and before long you might be able to enter a local race together! Find out where your local park run is online:


Bristol’s off-road cycle paths and designated crossings make cycling a safe and efficient way to get around our lovely city. A day trip to Bath can be made an adventure by cycling the Bristol & Bath Railway Path and if you’re bike-less you can swing by one of the many hire shops in Bristol –electric bike, tandem… you name it.


Laps at the local pool will do all sorts of good for you – build endurance, increase muscle strength, and raise your heart rate, but with the water supporting your body, there’s far less impact stress. Bristol has a few public swimming pools, as well as a couple of outdoor ones in Henleaze and Stoke Gifford, so rally the family, hop on your bikes and go for a swim!


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