New year, new you: The best spots to detox in Britain

Wednesday 04 January 2017

Whether you spent the holidays curled up on the couch or dancing ‘til dawn, chances are, you’re feeling a bit off following a season of overindulgence. But that’s OK! It’s a new year, and a new opportunity to transform your life—no matter your end goal. From detoxifying juice retreats, to soul-searching mountain hikes, we’ve rounded up the best spots to detox in Britain. After all, it’s a new year, a new you, why shouldn’t you have a few new experiences too?

Master the art of juicing in the Cotswolds

Feeling bloated, fatigued, or just plain sluggish? Your diet may be to blame. Eating sugar-laden, fatty, and overly-processed foods can have negative effects on our lifestyle, leaving us tired and soft in the midsection. To recharge your body from the inside out, consider embarking on a 6-day juice retreat in the picturesque Cotswolds. Following an initial 1-on-1 consultation, you’ll enjoy freshly-prepared juices, daily yoga and Pilates classes, evening talks, as well as guided walks around the stunning Painswick area.

Cycle the length of the country

Nothing releases toxins better than a good old fashioned workout, and there’s no better way to test your physical strength (and mental stamina) by taking Britain’s End-to-End Challenge. Here’s how it works: Bike from Land’s End (in southwest England) to John O’Groats (in northeast Scotland)—a whopping 847 miles—and you’ll have cycled from one end of the country to the other.

Unplug from all things digital in Somerset

Sometimes the best way to unplug is to literally unplug. That’s why all guests who take part in this digital detox are required to hand in their phones, tablets, kindles, game consoles—anything with a screen!—upon arrival. Rest assured, there’s a landline in the main building for emergencies. Though it may feel weird to be devoid of technology at first, guests often report an improvement in their quality of sleep, concentration, stress levels, and overall happiness following their WIFI-free stay.

Spend time with animals in Cumbria

One of the best ways to detoxify your mind (and body) is to immerse yourself in a completely new situation and environment. Escape the hustle and bustle of your daily life by spending a week living and working on a farm in Cumbria, where you’ll have the chance to bottle-feed newborn lambs, run sheep dogs, or even give a cow a blow dry. When you’re not hard at work, there’s plenty of opportunity to enjoy great walks in the surrounding countryside with panoramic views.

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