Southampton has been named the most active city in the UK

East Park in Southampton <i>(Image: Newsquest)</i>
East Park in Southampton (Image: Newsquest)

SOUTHAMPTON has been named the most active city in the UK.

Looking at a whole range of activities and attractions, from ski and snowboard slopes to walking and biking trails, outdoor retailer Blacks were able to discover which cities have the most access to adventurous activities.

With a total of 49 adventurous activities and attractions, equating to 19.90 per 100,000 people, Southampton tops the list, offering plenty of opportunities for people to get stuck into water sports and other exciting sports and activities.

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Norwich and Gloucester were placed second and third.

Sandwiched between Brighton and Plymouth, Southampton was also ranked second-best UK city for adventure sports with 1.62 adventure sports attractions per 100,000 people.

The city is also the sixth greenest city in the UK, with 17 parks per 100,000 population. Southampton was beaten by York, Norwich, Ipswich, Plymouth and Cambridge while the cities with the least parks per population are Luton, Slough, Blackpool, Reading and Newport.

The data crunching was part of new research by Blacks to find the country's activity hotspots.

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A spokesperson said: "Keeping active is an excellent way of staying healthy in body and mind. By venturing into the great outdoors, you can find plenty of adventurous activities around the UK, giving you the perfect opportunity to slip on your walking boots and explore the attractions and activities around the country.

"We wanted to find out where in the UK you have access to the most activities, so we took a look at the number of different activities and attractions such as parks, hiking trails and sports complexes in comparison to each cities population, to discover which cities have the most on offer and which cities have the most access to green space and outdoor activities."

The top UK cities for outdoor trails were Slough, Bolton and Cambridge with the top cities for sports complexes Ipswich, Cambridge and Dundee.

Looking at 50 of the most populated cities in the UK, the firm used Tripadvisor to find the number of parks, biking trails, ski and snowboard areas, water sports and sports complexes in each city. Walking trails were taken from Walking Britain.

Using population figures from World Population Review, the data compared the number of these attractions to the population to give the number per 100,000 people.

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