It’s summertime, and you know what that means – time to take advantage of every drop of sunlight Manchester offers! What will you be doing with these short summer months? Here are some of the best outdoor sports ideas for people who are itching to get off of their Cottonopolis couch.

Mountain Biking

Manchester has plenty of hills and dales for you to practice your offroad biking. Just make sure that you take the necessary supplies and spare bike parts (particularly a puncture kit and inner tubes) in case you run into trouble. Of course, it’s also important to ensure that you have the right wheels, protective equipment and footwear to keep everything as safe as possible. Mountain biking has the advantage of providing strength training and cardio training in a fun environment so you won’t even know how much exercise you are really getting!

Horseback Riding

A more relaxing yet surprisingly engaging physical activity you can easily find around Manchester is horseback riding. Take a delightful stroll through the park or pick up the pace a bit for a run on a trail, but no horsing around! You will get more exercise than you think just trying to control the extraordinary beast beneath you.

Sunspot Weightlifting

“Sunspot” weightlifting involves doing weight routines outdoors to get into beach body shape more quickly. (The name comes from the sun as your “spotter,” giving you the energy and encouragement for that extra rep.) Heat and sunlight helps the blood pump more quickly, which has a number of positive effects including fat burning and better focus. A high intensity workout with a group outdoors adds an element of cardio and helps you lose weight fast. Make sure to keep water handy!


Airsoft is a great sport that makes use of any environment. As long as you have the equipment, you can play in a big backyard at your friend’s house or a specialised professional field. This is a great sport that is just as much fun for beginners as it is for experts. If you want the resources to take your game to the next level, then you can look to this site (for airsoft tips and guides).


Get a rugby team together and participate in perhaps the most popular pastime in Manchester! Put all of the athletic skills you have honed with the sports above to the test. You’ll need strength, flexibility, durability and mental focus to come out on top in this highly demanding physical sport. Rugby is also a great way to build camaraderie within a neighborhood or between work mates.


The ideas above are just a few of the outdoor sports that you can participate in during the Manchester summer. Make sure that you take full advantage of the great weather while it is with us. There will be plenty of time to catch up on those TV shows and online games during the dreary winter, so get yourself outdoors and into the real world while the getting is good!


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