How your membership can help you recharge outdoors
Exploring the outdoors can help you to feel more energised and uplifted, and becoming a National Trust member opens up hundreds of opportunities to explore the great outdoors in new surroundings. Refresh your body and mind when you exercise in open parklands, rugged mountains, rolling countryside and calming coastline.
- Take on a challenge
- If you’re looking for a challenge, get away from it all when you take on one of the summit climbs or lengthy trails in our care. Climbing Kinder Scout or White Horse Hill may require a fair bit of effort, but it’s worth it for the sense of accomplishment and sweeping views at the top.
- Go wildlife watching
- From seals on the Cornish coast and rare butterflies in Somerset to wild deer in North Yorkshire and red squirrels in the Lake District, spotting wildlife in their natural habitat can make you feel closer to nature. With a wide range of wildlife to satisfy the keenest nature lover, you can take your pick of wild places to visit, and National Trust membership helps to keep these habitats thriving.
- Explore by bike
- We look after miles of cycle routes, so get off the beaten track and explore somewhere new by bike. Try Longshaw in Derbyshire with views across the Hope Valley, take in views of the historic estate at Osterley in Middlesex or have a coastal ride at Mortehoe in Devon. You can cruise along slowly to appreciate every sight and sound, or speed up to cover some real distance – it’s a great way to get out and about.
- Ride the waves
- There are gentle waves perfect for beginners, slow-peeling breaks ideal for longboards and even a few heavy spots that can hold the biggest winter swells. We look after many of the UK’s top surfing beaches. So if this is your sport of choice or you want to give it a go, National Trust membership means more coasts to explore for years to come.
- Hit the trails
- Running off-road is a great way to shake things up as it's a world away from the treadmill or local park. It’s easier on your joints, it trains your balance, flexibility and coordination, and helps clear your mind as you focus on navigating the trail’s uneven surface. And when it gets tough, running through beautiful and constantly varying scenery is a great distraction.
- Explore by boat
- From open seas to meandering rivers and peaceful lakes, there are lots of places where you can go kayaking and canoeing. Whether you’re a complete beginner or seasoned pro, you can join a group, hire equipment or set off on your own adventure to discover new views and get some exercise.
- Do what you love
- There are many far-reaching coastlines, countryside spots and parklands in our care where you can meet up with friends and family, walk your dog or have some time to yourself. As a member, you’re helping to protect these landscapes, so you can make the most of gentle exercise all year round.
Whether you’re a new member or you’ve been with us a while, there’s always the opportunity to experience something new. From exploring your artistic side to increasing your gardening knowledge, here are some top tips for getting the most out of your membership.
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