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Take 5… Homes near outdoor activities

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We have picked five activities to get you motivated this January – and, because we think these are excellent examples, five homes you could do them from.

With the New Year well under way, and New Year’s resolutions either in full swing or perhaps needing an extra push, it could be the perfect time to get outdoors and reconnect with nature to give yourself an energy boost. Not to mention the benefits for your physical health, it can improve mental wellbeing and increase your focus too.

So don’t let the weather put you off, dig out your coat and prepare to step out of the house. We have picked five activities to get you motivated this January – and, because we think these are excellent examples, five homes you could do them from:


From the beautiful rolling hills of the Peak District to the rugged mountains in Scotland.

There’s so many wonderful cinematic landscapes to see in the UK – and most are best explored on two feet. We find the best walks are long, arduous and usually include a good country pub. Simply heading out to your local park to access greenspace could give you the boost you need. In one of recent blogs [Insert link], some of our agents highlighted their favourite strolls in their areas.

Our Shrewsbury office picked a route in the city and you might even spot Castle Gates on your way round.

Wild Swimming:

While most of us would only consider it at the sign of sunshine, wild swimming has grown in popularity over the past few years.

More and more people are taking to Britain’s lochs, rivers, lagoons and seas all year around – even if the water temperature requires bravery.

It helps that we are truly spoilt for choice when it comes to places to take a natural dip. One that caught our eye was Linhope Spout in Northumberland. The pool comes with its own fairy tale waterfall, as well as being surrounded by beautiful woodland. If you lived in Pele Tower, you would only be a short drive away and could visit all year.


The middle of winter usually puts the thought of gardening furthest from our minds.

It can be seen as the beginning of the horticultural year. Now is the time to begin planning ahead and start laying the ground work. Ordering seeds, pruning wisteria and forcing rhubarb should be high on your list if you want a bountiful spring. If you don’t know where to start, we spoke to Angel Collins about how to go about planning your garden.

But, if you’re still feeling uninspired of what you should do to make the most of your garden this 2024, we’ve got plenty of homes to get you started. Take a look around the Grade II* listed gardens that surround Linton Park. They extend to 20 acres and protect the house on all sides, creating the most magical setting.


Winding country lanes, scenic coastal routes or city trundles by the river.

Whether you consider yourself a seasoned cyclist or you’re just considering dusting off your bicycle out the shed, there are so many different options of routes on the UK’s extensive cycle network. It can be a relaxing way to see the country at a slower pace.

If you’re looking for a place to get started that ticks all the boxes of great views, good pubs, and lots of heritage sites, the Camel Trail in Cornwall could be a good option to discover. And if after you have fallen in love with the Cornish countryside, this farmhouse is currently on the market with our Country House Department.


It may not be the French or Swiss Alps, but the Scottish Highlands could be an option if you’re looking for your next ski adventure close to home.

Admittedly, it’s not the destination to go if you want to clock some serious miles, but it does mean you wouldn't have to leave the UK.

The ski area is varied with 30km of pistes to play with and you can find most of the resorts within a two hour drive of the town of Aviemore. If you wanted to curl up in front of the fire after a long day on the slopes, Glenan Lodge would be a great home to do so in – and you could even set up your own guest house.

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