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5 outdoor activities that will inspire a fitter & happier you in 2017

The UK is home to beautiful scenery. So, with some of the best activities and adventures at your fingertips, it’s time to pack your Hatchbag boot-liner and embrace the great outdoors this 2017.

 Zorbing

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There are some things in life you have to try at least once and Zorbing is definitely one of those things.

If you’re not familiar with Zorbing, it’s basically where you’re strapped inside a giant inflatable ball with an equally unhinged partner. You’re then let loose down a hill and the ball will naturally roll and bounce at speeds of up to 30mph. You’ll be laughing and shouting with excitement all the way to the bottom!

There are numerous companies up and down the country such as Go Zorbing which have a great reputation.

Bungee jumping

If you’re looking for an adrenaline-fueled activity that is sure to leave you feeling hyped up for the rest of the week, it’s time you gave bungee jumping a try.

There’s not much else that will excite you more than a bungee jump from 160ft. If you’re feeling really adventurous then you could even try the highest bungee jump in the UK at 300ft. Surely that’s the ultimate experience for a thrill seeker?

With tandem or solo bungees available at numerous locations across the UK, start your bungee experience here.

Climbing

Climbing outdoors can be one of the most exhilarating and satisfying forms of exercise, merging the gymnastics of indoor climbing with the wild and beautiful elements of the outdoors.

Climbing has numerous facets such as bouldering, sport climbing and traditional climbing to name a few. With so many styles to choose from, it’s not hard to see why so many people fall in love with the sport every year.

You can start your climbing journey by joining a local climbing club or taking a course.

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Walk the Offa’s Dyke

Following the English & Welsh border for over 177 miles alongside the 8th Century Offa’s Dyke trail, this stunning national trail takes you through changing landscapes, picturesque scenery and remote woodlands, allowing you to catch a view of Britain’s finest wildlife.

Walkers usually split this 177 -mile route up, with the three most popular sections being:

The Wye Valley

16 miles

Pandy to Hay-on-Wye

18 miles

Llangollen to Prestatyn

34 miles

Cycling

Whether you want to get fit, start racing or you’d just like to feel the benefits of getting from A – B powered by your own steam, cycling is the sport to try.

Whether you’re cycling solo, with friends or with the family, there are so many reasons to love being on two wheels.

Of course, the first step to take is getting hold of a bike. Once you have one, you can hit the open road with your helmet and Hi-Viz whenever you like.

For top tips, check out the Go Sky Ride website.

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Whatever outdoor activity you decide to try next year, make sure you pack up your Hatchbag boot-liner to avoid any nasty spills or rips in your car boot.

Also, let us know what you guys get up to by sending some snaps into our social. Check out @thehatchbagcompany on Instagram or @HatchbagCompany on Twitter.

5 reasons why you should go hiking in nature this weekend

Stepping one foot in front of the other is a simple concept, yet add some walking boots, a little planning and mother nature’s finest mountains and you have an endless supply of fun and your own micro-adventure.

Here are 5 reasons from The Hatchbag team as to why you should get your hike on this weekend.

1) Hiking makes you happy

Research suggests that hiking can improve your mood, enhance your memory and even decrease anxious feelings you may have.

2) It’s a great way to stay fit & healthy

Hiking is a fantastic low impact cardio activity, and if you hike at a reasonably brisk pace, you can expect to burn around 500 calories per hour.

3) Exploring just got better

As human beings, it’s a natural instinct we have to explore, and what better way to explore than by climbing great big mountains or exploring woodland trails to really feel that golden sense of achievement.

4) Hiking stimulates your creativity

Ever feel as though your creative flow is just - well, not flowing? According to a report published by Stanford University, walking is the key to new idea generation vs sitting still.

5) Time spent with family, friends & loved ones

Going out for the day to explore some beautiful mountains and trails is made better when done with family, friends and loved ones. What better way to start your love affair with hiking than with those you love the most.

As can be expected, hiking can lead to some mucky boots, and mucky pups if you take the kids or doggies out with you, so make sure you pack your Hatchbag boot-liner to keep your boot in tip-top condition.

We’d love to see where your micro-adventure takes you, so be sure to tweet us your snaps @hatchbagcompany and tag us on Instagram @TheHatchbagCompany.