The UK is a great destination for lovers of the outdoors. Come rain or shine, there are plenty of things to do across the nation in all weathers, whether it’s catching the waves down South, or exploring the glorious hiking trails further North.
Whatever type of activity you like to do to get your adrenaline pumping, here are 5 adventurous destinations for outdoorsy people in the UK:
- Ziplining in Kent
Perfect for adrenaline junkies who want to get some amazing views, Skywire in Kent is England’s longest zip-wire experience. Suspended 100 meters above the ground and facing right over the cliff edge, prepare to be suspended and get ready to cruise 724 meters at 60mph, in approximately 45 seconds… The best part? Skywire is located just 40 minutes from central London by train, so you could even squeeze in the experience during a weekend trip down to the Capital.
- Surfing in Cornwall
A popular activity for those that love the fresh salt air and slightly cooler British sea, there are plenty of great places to surf down in South England. Fistral Beach has earned the reputation as the home of British surfing for its impressive waves that reach highs of 30 feet! This location is also easy to get to for those who like to get to the beach by static caravan or holiday home since the popular resort Piran Meadows is just a stone’s throw away.
- Whitewater Rafting in North Wales
The South isn’t the only home of water sports. North Wales is also a great place for outdoorsy people who don’t mind getting wet, especially for those who want to go whitewater rafting down the River Dee in Llangollen. Here, the rapids range from grades 2-4 and will have you thundering through the picturesque Horseshoe Falls, and then along the rapids like Tombstones and the classic Town Falls. For those who like going with the whole family, bystanders can also watch you crash along the water from the bridge above!
- Cycling in Derby
Thanks to the incredible success of Team GB in recent years, thousands more people around the UK are picking up cycling as a hobby. Whether it’s cycling to work, or spending the weekend exploring the local area, this sport has increased in popularity tenfold over the last few years. Not sure where to take your two wheels? Try Derby. Home to the infamous velodrome that welcomes not just elite riders but also novice cyclists who want to have a ride around this impressive track, Derby is also a great place to saddle up for cycling adventures across the beautiful Peak District and The National Forest.
- Hiking in Scotland
Walkers are indeed spoilt for choice when it comes to amazing hikes in the UK – and there is no better place to go hiking than in Scotland. The West Highland Way is an unforgettable way to explore the landscapes between Fort William and Glasgow and will take keen hikers through Loch Lomond and Trossachs National Park to see stunning heather-covered lowlands and gorgeous ragged mountain paths.
The UK is filled to the brim with top destinations for outdoorsy people looking to get their adrenaline pumping through a range of outdoor activities. The only problem is working out which one to do first!