Sporting adventures for sceptics

The places we care for often make great venues for an outdoor adventure. Whether you're a veteran or a reluctant fledgling, if you want to get a bit closer to nature you're in the right place. At these places there are so many sports to choose from that you’ll find an activity to delight even the most sceptical. From swinging through the trees to canoeing by starlight, this lot could keep you busy for an entire holiday. Now there’s a thought...

Young people wearing lifejackets paddling six canoes on Derwentwater in the Lake District

Sport for sceptics: the Lake District, Cumbria 

From family activities to tough mountain trails, there's something active for everyone to do at the places we look after in the Lake District.

A family standing on the edge of Strangford Lough at Castle Ward in County Down

Sport for sceptics: Castle Ward, County Down 

Come along and try something new at the Clearsky Activity Centre by Strangford Lough in Northern Ireland.

Visitors kayaking on the sea past the Old Harry Rocks, Purbeck Countryside, Dorset

Sport for sceptics: Studland Bay, Dorset 

Come to Studland Bay for swimming, kayaking and other watersports, or hire a bike and explore the Dorset countryside.

A group of children running on the beach at Stackpole Outdoor Learning Education Centre, Pembrokeshire

Sport for sceptics: Stackpole, Pembrokeshire 

At the Stackpole Outdoor Learning Centre in Pembrokeshire you can try surfing, kayaking, snorkelling and more.

Visitors on the beach at Compton Bay, Isle of Wight

Sport for sceptics: Isle of Wight 

Surfing, cycling and paragliding are just a few of the activities you can try on the Isle of Wight.

National Trust Surf Ambassadors at Sandy Mouth, Cornwall

Sport for sceptics: Lizard Point, Cornwall 

Kayak, cycle or surf at one of the beautiful places we look after on the Cornish coast. There are six fantastic beaches around The Lizard waiting for you to discover them.

Visitors with the Orangery in the distance, at Gibside, Tyne and Wear

Sport for sceptics: Gibside, Tyne and Wear 

Visit Gibside for a fantastic run, a game of volleyball or to try your hand at a variety of other sports. Plus, if you cycle here you get a free cup of tea.