01/05/2013 13:31 BST | Updated 09/05/2013 12:38 BST

10 Of The Best Active Breaks In Britain (PICTURES)

Mountain trekking in Snowdonia
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Mountain trekking in Snowdonia

When summer finally arrives after a long, hard winter, it’s essential to make the most of it. And even within the confines of our own little island, there’s so much on offer: glorious mountains to hike, waterways to paddle or sail, bridleways to cycle and wildlife to observe.

HuffPost UK Lifestyle has come up with 10 bright ideas for active breaks this summer, as well as suggestions – courtesy of Jack Wolfskin – on how to kit yourself out. When you’ve got the right tent or sleeping bag, you’ll wake to the dawn chorus refreshed and well rested. When you’ve got the right hiking shoes, you can forget muddy socks and sore feet. And when you’ve got a lightweight backpack, you won’t worry about packing some waterproofs just in case the British weather turns out to be not so summery after all…