Tempted by adventure after years of social distancing and staying indoors? Fortunately, you don’t have to travel to far-flung corners of the globe these days to experience an adrenaline rush. The UK is home to a wide range of picturesque landscapes that are ideal for extreme sports and outdoor adventures, ranging from spectacular beaches and rugged trails to beautiful national parks.
From river swims and packrafting to trail running and via ferrata, there’s something for everyone. Mentioned below are a few of the best outdoor activities in the UK.
1. River Swimming, Oxfordshire
An open-water swimming vacation on the Thames is an enticing notion for anyone wishing to dip their toe into the sport, with clean, tranquil water flanked by farmland. Unlike sea swimming, this route takes place in calmer waters.
It follows the riverside along England’s most famous waterway from Buscot Lock, near Lechlade, to Buckland Marsh, near Faringdon. You should know how to swim in open water and be able to complete the daily distance of 6km, which is broken down into smaller pieces.
2. Wild camping, Glenfeshie, Cairngorms
There is nothing like wild camping for a true sensation of independence. It is prohibited practically all across England and Wales to camp outside of approved areas, however it is permissible throughout parts of Scotland. With its rushing waterfalls and mountain views, a night under canvas in Glenfeshie provides an invigorating sensation of seclusion.
It’s the beginning point for several walking routes and one of the country’s most successful “rewilding” projects, so you can hike right from your tent. Examine your prospective pitch on an OS map, stay clear from trails and swamps (green slashes).
3. Kite Buggying, East Sussex
Kite-buggying is a fantastic way to spend a day at the beach, speeding through the sand at upwards to 50mph in a low three-wheeler, combining the abilities of kite-flying and go-karting. Camber Sands is the ideal site to experience this dangerous activity because it has miles of flat, open sand. Receive instruction from experienced teachers and instructors that cover everything from how to fly a kite to utilising it to propel you across the water in a buggy.
4. Rock climbing taser day, Snowdonia
Have you ever wondered if you could overcome your worries and climb vertical rock faces? Rock climbing courses for beginners cover everything from rope skills to bouldering (holding the rope for others) and abseiling down the rock face.
It will test your mind and body as you climb lower mountains and cliffs, such as Tryfan, and stone quarries on the flanks of Elidir Fawr, with views of Snowdon. Technical equipment is given, and after completing the course, you should be able to climb at an indoor climbing wall without supervision.
5. Hike, Yorkshire Dales
The rough Yorkshire Dales provide some of the best walking routes in the UK, however first-timers may find it difficult to know how, when, and where to go. Start with a tour led by an expert guide, and choose between three-, four-, and seven-night guided walking breaks at Malhamdale.
Each day, hikers can pick from three different treks, ranging in length from six miles to thirteen miles. Malham Tarn, with its historic limestone meadows, and the amazing views from Simon’s Seat are highlights.
The UK is home to beautiful landscapes, adventurous walks, demanding hills, ideally remote valleys, and stunning coasts, so the opportunities for adventure are unlimited. There’s no country like Britain for a taste of the great outdoors. You’ll be captivated for years to come by this sight candy with famed lakes, glens, hollow passages, and a variety of odd species to be found all throughout the country. Take a camera with you and enjoy the wonderful outdoors!