Research from leading motorhome rental company, Camptoo has revealed the top hotspots across the UK for five of the most popular outdoor pursuits.

The best surfing, rock climbing, hiking, fishing and wild swimming locations have all been pinpointed in the new study, which based selection on the volume of places areas in Britain have for visitors to partake in all the listed activities.

To decide on what activities to examine, the study looked at which had the highest online search volume and picked out five with the highest.

Four of the five singled out in the research (rock climbing, surfing, wild swimming and hiking) were extremely popular in terms of online searches in 2021, showing maximum possible for the year, while fishing was not far behind.

Surfing – Cornwall  

With 250 miles of coastline and over 300 beaches, there is simply no place better in the UK to get your surf on than Cornwall. Some of the best include Fistral beach in Newquay, Gwithian Beach near Hayle and Perranporth Beach, Perranporth. Cornwall also offers some of the best weather conditions in the UK due to its location, making it the ultimate surfing hotspot.

Rock Climbing – Peak District 

The Peaks offers the best rock climbing experience across the UK and is often cited by the wider world as a great place to test your skills, whether you’re a beginner or a world-class climber. Over 10,000 climbs have been recorded in the Lancashire based national park and its home to the famous ‘Masters Edge’ route; a daunting vertical 19m test of strength and endurance. If this is beyond your skill level though, there are plenty of easier climbs to be enjoyed in the Peak District.

Hiking – Lake District 

The Lake District has a staggering 774 hiking trails to choose from, the most in the UK by some distance. There’s plenty of easy, moderate and hard trails in England’s largest National Park, so no matter what difficulty of hike you are looking for, the Lakes has you covered. One of the most popular and most challenging routes is Scafell Pike from Wasdale Head, with the trail taking you all the way up to the summit of England’s highest mountain – 932 metres above sea level. Not one for those who aren’t good with heights!

Fishing – South West England

With so many great fishing locations across the UK, narrowing it down to one specific area was tough, but South West England offers some of the most well-renowned UK fishing piers as well as a huge amount of coastline. In total there are 25 prime piers across the region, among them Baggy Point, St Ives Bay and Babbacombe Pier, giving budding fishermen plenty of spots to try their luck.

Wild Swimming  – Snowdonia

The Welsh National Park has seven wonderfully picturesque wild swimming places to enjoy, including the famous heart-shaped lake halfway up Snowdon, Llyn Glaslyn, providing a great romantic getaway for couples. There is also the beautiful Llynnau Mymbyr, twin lakes in the shape of a horseshoe, which is one of the most photographed areas of Snowdonia.

Ed Bassett, Camptoo’s head of Wanderlust, commented on the research saying, “It’s been great fun researching and identifying the UK’s activity hotspots for this piece.

“There weren’t too many surprises when it came to the final five, but it was interesting to see just how many places within each location offer people the opportunity to partake in these activities.

“Take hiking, for example, we knew it would be a National Park that took the number one spot but had no idea that the Lakes would win by such a huge margin. Hopefully, this research gives budding adventurers an idea of where to go so they get the best experiences for whichever activity they are looking to get involved in.”

  • New research looks at the locations with the most opportunity to partake in popular outdoor activities  
  • The best hiking, fishing, rock climbing, surfing and wild swimming prime places are all revealed
  • Snowdonia revealed as the wild swimming capital of the UK
  • National parks feature heavily as Snowdonia, Lake District and Peak District are all crowned hotspots