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If you love surfing, skateboarding, climbing or mountain biking, the chances are you're going to want to live somewhere can practice your sport, right?

Whether it's the lofty peaks of the Lake District or the cruisy waves of Cornwall, we're constantly plotting our escape to live somewhere a lot better than we already are.

So, we've put together the best places in the UK to live if you're into action sports.

Have we missed any out? Leave your suggestions in the comment box below.

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If you're a surfer, living coastal is essential.

Most people think of Devon and Cornwall when it comes to surfing in the UK, right?

No doubt, the south west is an amazing place to live if you're a surfer. It's got every range of breaks from sand bars to reef breaks, fast dumpy waves to longboard-friendly rollers.

Make yourself friends with local surfers and they'll show you the secret spots to escape to during the crowded summer holidays.

But there are in fact some more consistent waves (if not a bit colder and less picturesque) in the north east around Northumberland.

Bamburgh is a favourite with a cute village overlooking an epic ancient castle, while Saltburn is the original epicentre of north-easterly surf.

South Wales also gets some cracking surf - try the Gower Peninsula if you don't believe us.

If you've always fancied relocating to Scotland, then there are some epic waves up at Thurso. Although be warned: they are not for the faint-hearted!

We'd recommend...

Braunton in North Devon, Wadebridge in Cornwall and Mumbles in Wales

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Poor skiers and snowboarders. The British Isles isn't the best place for pow hunters, what with our lack of decent snow.

Scotland is the place to live in you want to shred as much as humanly possible on real snow. We recommend Aviemore or the Nevis Range. It's a beautiful area to live in but some might find it a little remote.

If you don't want to live in Scotland, then your next best bet is situating yourself near an indoor dome or dry slope.

Yes, dry slopes aren't exactly the real thing but they've produced a huge number of world class athletes (Katie Summerhayes and Aimee Fuller, to name but a few!)

The Ski Club of Great Britain have a brilliant map showing all the locations of slopes in the UK.

The domes can be found everywhere from Yorkshire to Hemel Hempstead to Glasgow.

We'd recommend...

Glasgow to be near the Nevis Range and Glencoe. There are plenty of big cities near domes and dry slopes including Leeds, Bristol, Manchester and London.


Love mountain biking? Then you'll want to be near hills. Big hills.

Luckily, there are great trails spread all over the country - apart from down in London where you'll have to travel a bit further to find them.

Living near the border of Scotland is always a safe bet. From Edinburgh, you can easily reach Glentress and Innerleithen on your day's off.

Wales is an ideal place to live - there's a big mountain biking community in Monmouth, where our brethren Dirt Mountain Bike magazine is based.

Herefordshire is a pretty sweet spot because it's bang in between the Welsh mountains and not too far from the epic trails in the Forest of Dean.

The Lake District is obviously the dream - and not too far from Manchester. Otherwise Somerset is a great place too. People rave about the Quantock Hills!

We'd recommend...

Ross-on-Wye in Herefordshire, Peebles in Scotland and Guisborough in North Yorkshire

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London is a pretty ace place to live if you're a skater. There's an unbelievably wide ranges of places to skate - including the infamous Southbank, Victoria Park and BaySixty6.

Also, the great part about living in London is international airports are a stone's throw away. Barcelona, here we come! The downside? It's damn expensive.

Bristol, however, has more of a studenty vibe to it - and claims to have more skateparks than anywhere else in the country! We're big fans of the bowls in St George's Park.

Brighton is a rad place to live and skate. Not only is it by the sea and it has an awesome night life, but it has a great skate scene.

Cornwall and Devon have some sweet spots including Mount Hawke and the Wooden Wave in Newquay, so you can surf and skate in the same place.

We'd recommend....

London, Bristol, Brighton to name but a few

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Just like mountain biking, climbers want some big hills to climb preferably.

Bangor is great as it's located right on the edge of Snowdonia plus it has the sprawling North Wales coastline to explore as well.

Bristol also has a huge climbing community with Avon and Cheddar Gorge just half an hour down the road.

The Lake District is obviously one of the birthplace of British rock climbing. Keswick and Windermere are all great places to live. The town of Kendall even has an indoor rock climbing wall for rainy days.

The Peak District is another hot spot for climbers. Sheffield is a great place to live, it's on the edge of the Peaks with lots of great crags and a handful of decent indoor walls.

If you're seriously into climbing, head up to the Cairngorms in Scotland. They're bang in between Inverness and Aberdeen if you don't fancy uprooting to live in a tiny village.

Although if you do, try Aviemore - they have climbing in the summer and skiing in the winter.

We'd recommend...

Sheffield, Bangor in Wales, Aviemore in Scotland


Sailors don't need to look far to find their fix. I learnt to sail on an inland lake just outside London - and absolutely loved it.

If you're a serious sailor though, you need to be in Southampton or on the Isle of Wight. Cowes is obviously a fantastic place to live for keen yachtsman. You've got the Round the Island Race every summer, plus it's totally beautiful.

Southampton is less beautiful but the sailing is top class with dozens upon dozens of clubs to join. Further along towards the Witterings and Chichester you'll find good wind and a core group of serious sailors.

Dorset, Devon and Cornwall also offer calmer waters than the north coast, which makes it perfect for ocean goers to moor their boats.

Don't forget the west coast of Scotland offers some unbelievable sailing around to Oban and the Isle of Mull - they're not even that far from Glasgow.

We'd recommend...

Cowes on the Isle of Wight, Southampton, Oban in Scotland, Dartmouth in Devon


The great thing about hiking is you can pretty much live anywhere - and you're within reaching distance of some great hiking areas.

From London, you can easily get out to the Cotswolds or the South Downs in an hour or two. Bristol, you've got Cheddar Gorge just outside. Leeds is on the brink of the Yorkshire Moors.

If you're lucky enough to live anywhere you like, the obvious options are the Lake District, the Peak District, Snowdonia and the Highlands in Scotland are places hikers dream about tackling.

We'd recommend...

Kendal in Cumbria, Lynton in Devon, Buxton in Derbyshire