Autumn is a magical time of year for us explorers, so what are the adventures that we just can’t let slip through our fingers? Urban Beach rounds up a few of the best things to do in the autumn season so that your quest for adventure is fulfilled.
1.) Go on a long, hard walk
Get out of bed, early. Dress up warm, layers. Tie up those boots, tight. And walk, walk for a long time. You don’t need to have a plan, just make sure you go somewhere you have never been before. Take that footpath you’ve always seen but never taken, climb the foot-style you’ve always been curious about, jump over gates, walk through farms and cross rivers on fallen trees. End up somewhere you have never been and just sit and take it all in.
2.) Go somewhere up high and watch the sun rise
You can’t beat the colours of an autumn sunrise. Whether you drive there, walk there, climb there or bike there, one morning, get up that hill, up that rock, up that mountain… just somewhere up high and soak in all of the warm hues an autumn sunrise parades for us. Once the sun is up and you can finally see where you are going, you will almost definitely feel like you’ve seized the day, even if it is only 7am!
3.) Go on a road trip to the water
There’s something healing, therapeutic and soul-fulfilling about being near water; there’s even a whole book which details the health benefits of being near, in, on or under water. Whether it’s the sea, ocean, river, stream or a lake, water gives us a real sense of escape; go paddle boarding, go fishing, hire a little row boat and even take a little dip.
4.) Go to your nearest National Park
There are 15 National Parks dotted throughout the UK and it’s clear to see why these areas are so protected. Heaven on earth for any explorer, they have everything from abseiling down cliff faces to climbing up snow-capped mountains. From snowy peaks to jagged coastline, from expansive lakes to rolling hills, each and every National Park is so diverse and really is an adventurer’s playground.
5.) Go canoeing
Walking is great, cycling is great, going on a drive is great, but the best way to see somewhere from a different angle is by jumping in a canoe or kayak. It may be the beach you went to every weekend in the summer, or the river that you always go and have your lunch by, but have you ever seen it from the water? You’re guaranteed to get a different experience, whilst at the same time having a story to tell and keeping fit! It just seems like a win-win situation to us!
6.) Go in the sea
It may seem like a bit of a scary thought initially, especially if you choose to brave it with no wetsuit, but the sea is warmer now than at any other time of the year. Go on, jump in, you’ll soon warm up!
7.) Go to the forest
Tall trees, acorns crunching under feet, squirrels, long shadows and deep orange sunlight flickering through the gaps as you walk through the wooded wonderland. There are some brilliant planned walks set out in most forests and it is definitely a pretty cool place to be as the season unfolds before us.
8.) Go camping
What is better than setting up camp somewhere in the middle of nowhere and being self-sufficient for a night or so? The best thing about camping is you’re completely immersed in nature; you can hear every little noise in the forest, every animal, every branch break. What’s also great is you are mobile; you can walk for a bit, find somewhere awesome, set up camp, and then carry on the next day to your next destination.
9.) Go foraging
Blackberries, elderberries, hazelnuts, strawberries and raspberries are all foods you can snatch from the wilderness this autumn. There is a real sense of achievement when you get home and look at everything you have gathered, and the best thing- it’s free food! It will all taste better than anything you’ve ever bought from ASDA, we promise.
10.) Go outside
Now, you may have noticed a theme throughout this blog post… Have you got it? Go on, scroll up and have a look. Essentially, at Urban Beach we think the best way to get the most out of this season and out of life in general is to be outside. This autumn, we’re going to be spending as much time as possible outside, going on adventures to new places we’ve never been, soaking in what autumn has to offer us. After all, who likes being cooped up inside?