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Country Pursuits for the British Summer

In the height of summer, before the shooting seasons starts again, it is always good to get outdoors and taking part in some fun traditional British country activities. Even if it is something you have never done before, you are never too old to try out a new hobby. There is so much you can do in Britain too, and all you need to get started on your countryside pursuits is some good quality country clothing, then you are all set!

Polo as a country pursuit in British summer

Horse riding

First off, find out about local opportunities for horse riding, there are sure to be a few to choose from, and start with some beginners’ rides. For those with a bit more experience and wanting to try something new, polo is fun to try. You can also get yourself a new polo belt to get you more excited for the sport. Taking a pleasurable ride along country lanes and through rolling countryside gives you a chance to explore in a relaxed way. You may enjoy it so much you want to carry on horse riding and make it a year-round hobby!

Birdwatching as a country pursuit in British summer


Britain is home to thousands of birds, from regular garden birds and song birds to migratory birds and birds of prey. Prepared with some binoculars, all you need to do to enjoy some birdwatching is head out on a country walk or to a local nature reserve, and listen out for birds calling to one another. When you can locate the sounds, you are in with a chance with of spotting the bird. Get yourself a beginner’s guide to British birds and you will be on your way to starting a new birdwatching hobby!

Clay shooting as a country pursuit in British summer

Shooting clays

We highly recommend clay shooting in the offseason to keep your skills and shooting technique in place, but shooting clays is also a great hobby to start up. Join your local shooting club and practice every week, and you will soon find it almost as enjoyable as shooting and also guaranteed to hit your target every time! If you want to try some different target practice, you could also try out archery, which is something for adults and kids alike.

Visit country houses as a country pursuit in British summer

Country houses

A great way to explore the British countryside is to visit the many country houses dotted around. They are a part of the history of the British countryside, and it is interesting to discover how they have added to and shaped the British countryside. Some of these houses will also host shoots later in the year, so it might be good to inquire about returning for a shoot. The houses are also either owned or run by English Heritage or the National Trust and if you want to visit a lot, become a member of either or both to save money on each trip.

Fly fishing as a country pursuit in British summer

Fly fishing

You have probably heard the saying about teaching a man to fish, and it is inherently true. Fly fishing is a hobby everyone can enjoy, and one which requires no experience to start; you just need the equipment and patience to keep practising. A leisurely hobby, you can learn life-long skills and anyone can do it. One of the best ways to start is from a course, rather than trying to teach yourself with various online guides and videos.

Walking as a country pursuit in British summer


One of the most popular country pursuits and one of the best way to explore the great British outdoors is walking. No matter what area of the country you live in, there will be several walking routes and public footpaths for you to wander along, through a variety of landscapes and scenery. Bring along binoculars, so you spot wildlife, or even download the Geocaching app to add another purpose to your country walk. Not only is it a wonderful leisurely activity, but it is also good for your health too!