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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.

Plan your 2017 diary with these amazing outdoor challenges

With a new year fast approaching, why not get some early planning in by signing up to one of these fantastic outdoor fitness challenges. Any one of these are sure to set you up for a great 2017.

Rough it in the wilderness

Take a leaf out of Bear Grylls’ book and spend a night in the wilderness after taking part in an epic survival course. Designed by the man himself, the Bear Grylls Survival Academy runs hands-on courses to equip those who attend with the skills needed to rough it in the wild.

Whether you opt to spend just one night in the British countryside or a 5-day master class in Zimbabwe, you’re sure to make memories that last a life time.

Scotland Coast– to–Coast

Not one for the faint-hearted, the Rat Race Coast-to-Coast consists of 105 miles of running, cycling and kayaking across the Scottish Highlands.

The route of this two-day (or one day if you’re an über athlete) challenge takes in some of the most mysterious and wild locations in Scotland.

With stunning sights such as Cawdor Castle, Loch Ness, Glen Nevis and Glen Coe, why not sign-up today?

Run the Snowdonia marathon

Swap marathon running in the city and head for the hills to take part in the toughest 42km race in Britain.

Again, certainly not one for the faint-hearted, this demanding and spectacular race involves encircling Snowdon – the highest peak in both Wales & England.

Enter this only if you’re confident that the full level of training can be done pre-race. Revel in the sense of achievement you’d get knowing you’ve completed one of the toughest courses in the UK.

Full details can be found here.

Learn how to surf

Although it doesn’t look like the most difficult sport in the world, the reality is that when you start out surfing, you’ll spend most of your time in the water- either waiting out the big waves or trying to get back on your board.

Persevere, however, and surfing can be one of the most fun and adrenaline boosting sports going.

Why not begin your surfing journey by booking on to a course at the world’s first artificial inland surfing lagoon? It consistently churns out perfect rides that run for up to 150 metres.

Visit the Surf Snowdonia website for more information.

Cycle Land’s End to John O’Groats

Otherwise known as LEJOG for the more amateur cyclists, cycling from Land’s End to John O’Groats is certainly one of the most challenging endurance bike rides there is in the UK.

Participants of the LEJOG cycle the whole length of the Great British Isles which comes to a mighty total of 847 miles.

For the most part, this will take between 10 to 14 days to complete. The current record holder cycled this route in just 9 days, but if you’re not a super, super fast cyclist then you may not want to go chasing that title.

There’s nothing stopping you from going the distance unsupported, however, it might be in your interest to join a group. Just make sure you get those training miles in.

Whatever challenge you decide to do, make sure you arrive prepared by packing up your Hatchbag boot-liner to avoid mud stains in your boot.

We’d love to hear where you and your 2017 challenge take you - make sure you tweet us @hatchbagcompany with updates and achievement news.