Adventure in the UK

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10 Adventure Activities in the UK


Surfing is surprisingly popular in the UK. The most popular spots are in Cornwall and Devon down south; the best waves are found in Newquay – the UK's mini Australia. Check out the Gnarliest Surf Spots in Great Britain for more information.


Loads of opportunities for canoeists in the UK with all the beautiful waterways. The River Severn is one of the best options; you'll pass medieval manors, traditional English homes and enough wildlife to get your Instagram account all in a shiver.

Canoeing on the River Avon

Mountain biking

There are loads of opportunities for incredible cycle rides in the UK. From the famous Coast to Coast ride up near Yorkshire which crosses northern England at its highest and most beautiful from the Irish Sea to the North Sea to the London to Brighton cycle ride that takes place every weekend in the summer. There are many other routes around the Unite Kingdom too – taking in the green, green grasses of home. Cycling is a great way to see the country at its best.


Sailing is huge on the coast of the UK. Southampton and the Isle of Wight host annual sailing festivals. While Devon, the Scillies, Dublin, the Isle of Man, Belfast, Shetland and Edinburgh all offer brilliant sailing opportunities.

Sailing on the Solent


There's a certain hiking adventure in the UK that if you complete you deserve massive kudos; The Three Peaks Challenge. Hiking your way up the highest mountains in Scotland, England and Wales; Snowdon, Scafell Pike and Ben Nevis you need to do it one after the other as soon as possible. You can do the challenge just off the cuff, or it's a great way to raise money for charity too.   

Forest adventures

There are a few companies in the UK that offer tree top adventures and award-winning days out. Enjoy zip wires, Tarzan swings, tunnels, bridges and high rope obstacles through some of the country's most breathtaking scenery. Take a look at the likes of Go Ape, Go Tree Top Adventure and Treetop Trek.

Trouble on the zip wire at Go Ape


Enjoy an equestrian break during your time in the UK by signing up to hang out at the stables at one of the many spots around the country. From beaches to national parks and countryside to green spaces in the city there are plenty of opportunities to ride horseback in the UK.


The weather in the UK is crazy – making wilderness camping all the more adventurous. Check the local bylaws before you choose your destination, but in a lot of outdoorsy places such as the South Downs or Cumbria you can just set up camp and stay the night. Obviously not a good idea if you're staying in the city though...

Wild camping near Loch Monar

Rock climbing

Head to Yorkshire if you want to enjoy the top rock climbing possibilities. Courses are held throughout the year at Brimham Rocks and at various crags throughout Yorkshire and the Peak District. Do your research right and you can enjoy some scrambling, abseiling and sightseeing too.

Gorge walking/canyoning

Again, Yorkshire is the place to be if you want to explore ancient gorges via an exhilarating, free hanging abseil. The gorges can span up to 1km long and 20m deep in places. Your experience can include jumping into refreshing plunge pools, down rock slides, scrambling up boulders and playing in cascading waterfalls. Don't forget to check out the super cool stalactites too.