Adventurous activities for your body and soul

New year is the perfect time for a renewed commitment to your own health and well-being.

So why not escape into unspoilt landscapes with a walk down The Tarka Trail, carve the slopes at Cardiff Ski, or even visit Bath for a soothing spa treatment? Whatever your preference, put yourself first in 2018 with GWR.

Cycle the City, Bristol

Want to discover Bristol? You’re in the saddle
Bristol Watershed

Jump on a cool, but easy-to-ride, Pashley cycle and take a leisurely tour of this vibrant city. Avoiding the traffic and the infamous hills, enjoy stunning landscapes, secret viewpoints, and the odd inviting pub.

Our nearest station: Bristol Temple Meads

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Cardiff Ski, Cardiff

Skiers and snowboarders, check out this resort
Cardiff bay at sunset

Whether you’re a novice or an old hand, whether you’re a skier or a snowboarder, get ready for the slopes in Cardiff city centre. With friendly, experienced instructors on hand to help, you couldn’t find a better place to learn, or brush up your skills. (The tubing is awesome by the way.)

Our nearest station: Cardiff Central

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Eden Project, St Austell

Visit a rainforest on a day return
Eden Project

With its steamy jungles and waterfalls, Eden is the world's largest rainforest in captivity. The architecture is out of this world and the gardens are nothing short of beautiful. There’s plenty to do here, with a renowned educational centre and an ice rink in the winter.

Our nearest station: St Austell

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Go Ape Black Park, Wexham

Be Tarzan for the day
Child balancing on ropes in a forest

Set in 530 acres of stunning woodland, Black Park Country Park is a must visit adventure playground. Spend the whole day flying through the trees on zip wires, Tarzan swings and rope ladders. Check out the Tree Top Adventure if you fancy being a tightrope walker.

Our nearest station: Slough

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The Royal Duchy Hotel, Falmouth

The perfect place to dock for the night
Falmouth, Cornwall Seafront

With a fabulous position on Falmouth’s sea front, the Royal Duchy boasts stunning views across the bay to Pendennis Castle. With a palm-fringed sun terrace, it’s the ideal place to enjoy the sea views and an ideal base for exploring Cornwall.

Our nearest station: Falmouth Docks

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GoSkydive, Salisbury

Go jump out of a plane this weekend
Person skydiving as the sunsets

If you’re looking for a life experience that will stay with you forever then a tandem sky dive is up there. You can be sure the UK’s first-time skydiving experts will give you all the training and the confidence to try something truly exhilarating and memorable. Go on, go for it.

Our nearest station: Salisbury

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The Tarka Trail, Devon

Discover the playground of Tarka the Otter
Two people cycling along the Tarka Trail

Named after Henry Williamson’s famous novel, “Tarka the Otter”, The Tarka Trail follows the route of a disused railway line between Braunton and Meeth. With up to 21 miles of safe, uninterrupted pathways, the landscape remains beautifully unspoilt. Great for cyclists and walkers alike.

Our nearest station: Barnstaple

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Thermae Bath Spa, Bath

When in Bath, do as the Romans did
Thermae Spa Bath rooftop pool

Reopening after a full refurbishment, Thermae Bath Spa is Britain’s only naturally warm, mineral-rich Roman spa. Take in a treatment or relax day or night in the indoor Minerva Bath and the open-air rooftop pool - the views are stunning.

Our nearest station: Bath Spa

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