For those of us who love adventure, it may come as a surprise to many that the British Isles are a hotspot for adventure activities, brimming with a huge wealth and diversity of places to experience activities which will get the blood pumping.
Forget the Nurburgring racetrack, in Germany. Head to Kent! Buckmore Park Karting offers a fantastic experience for casual karters and future Formula One racers alike. Lewis Hamilton would often race here as a youngster, so you can be sure that it’s truly top calibre. With over nine hundred meters of track to hone your skills on, be sure to add karting to your itinerary.
Every year, thousands of surfer’s head to the surfing hub of Newquay in Cornwall. The fantastic, golden beaches, rolling waves, perfect winds and tides make it the ideal place to surf and the epicentre for UK surfing. The large swells from the North Atlantic during Winter are perfect for experienced surfers, yet the Summer months also provide a great surfing climate, albeit calmer. Notable beaches for surfers of all levels include Fistral beach and Watergate bay.
Water lovers will also perhaps love kayaking. The UK offers thousands of rivers, lakes and is surrounded by ocean, making it ideal for Kayaking. If you fancy a calm cruise Derwentwater in the Lake district offers the perfect conditions. A picturesque lake, surrounded by breath-taking scenery. If you require something a little more action packed then Glenarm river, situated in country antrim, Northern island is the perfect location, full to the brim with obstacles, twists and rapids. Because it is a spate river, after heavy rainfall this river can become ferocious and become very challenging. The other alternative is to take to the seas to take part in sea kayaking. Pembrokeshire is Wales offers some great sea kayaking experiences, with over two hundred miles of varied coastline to explore, from secluded alcoves and crystal waters, to the more torrid seas that experienced kayakers often frequent.
Also in Pembrokeshire is a deep chasm known the world over as Huntsman’s Leap, which is superb for rock-climbing. The name is derived from local folklore; a pursued hunter was said to have leapt across the gorge, only to die of shock when he looked back and saw the immensity of the gorge he has just jumped! This gorge attracts climbers from all over the world, hoping to test their mettle against its vast expanse. If you are a keen rock climber and are visiting Edinburgh, be sure to visit the Edinburgh international climbing arena. This indoor climbing center in built in a disused quarry is the largest indoor climbing wall in the world. With an extensive variety of routes for people of all levels there is plenty to do here and well worth a visit.
Hiking enthusiasts are spoiled for choice in the UK, but the Scottish Highlands boasts some of the UK’s most rugged, wild and isolated landscapes. It is a truly breathtaking (and humbling) experience to find yourself dwarfed by mountains. When hiking in the Highlands, you are likely to stumble across a medieval castle or two, and perhaps catch a glimpse of dolphins out beyond the rocky coastline. If you travel a little further down south, the lake district in Cumbria offers a wealth of glacial lakes and rugged mountain ranges to trek through.
Beneath the beautiful vistas lies a world seldom explored. Caving is an experience like no other, eerily beautiful in its own right. Head to the Yorkshire Dales. The soft limestone in this region makes the subterranean world a place full of unearthly sculptures, underground waterfalls and a whole network of unexplored labyrinths. Just make sure you don’t get lost…
There are several skydiving centers all-round the UK, and this activity is a must for any adventure enthusiast. The adrenaline rush in those first few seconds as you leave the aircraft is a feeling that cannot be created by any other means. It is a homage to our hunter-gather ancestors, who faced real dangers that perhaps their modern counterparts (us) are bereft. Yet those who seek adventures, such as the seven listed above, know that it is important to every once in a while, recapture the same rush that we are equipped to feel.
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