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ALTERNATIVE HOLIDAY ADVENTURES ON HOME SOIL


If you’re anything like us, your summer is usually jam-packed with adventure, taking you all over the world to experience new things and do what you love best. This summer might look a little different, but there’s still plenty to keep you busy here in the UK. You don’t have to compromise on adventure, simply because you’re taking a staycation this summer; we’re talking think-outside-the-box activities that will make you forget you were meant to be going anywhere else. Here’s a little home-grown inspiration from us to you. You’re welcome. 

For adrenaline junkies

Need something that gets your heart racing and your blood pumping? We can think of a few things to do here in the UK that’ll do the job. If you love clinging to crags, there are plenty of epic climbs up and down the UK, ranging from the well-chalked faces of Stanage Edge and Scarfell to some of the lesser known but more hair-raising crags of the Peaks, Lakes, Dales, Cairngorms and South Coast too. 

 

For a little extra adrenaline, why not give deep water solo a go? Climb without a harness or ropes over open water, dropping into the blue when reach your limit. You can get your rocks and water fix out canyoning too, scrambling up and abseiling down waterfalls, cliff jumping, wild swimming and climbing watery crags to do it all over again. 

 

If via ferratta is more your style, you don’t need to be in the Dolomites to experience the thrill; the UK has plenty to offer too. Head to Honsiter in the Lake District for one of the world’s best via ferratta experiences. 

 

If you love heights, seek out high wire courses, which can be found at various locations around the UK, and if you’re by the sea and want a little more excitement, give coasteering a go. It’s a much more intense way to explore the UK coastline, as you hop, scramble and jump your way along coastal cliffs. You’re attached to a rope but it’ll certainly get your blood pumping, as long as you don’t mind getting wet! Finally, if you’re looking for ultimate adrenaline rush, BASE jumping is about as thrilling as it gets, but you’ll need extensive training before you can master this one. 

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For speed demons

Sometimes, you just have a need for speed, whether that’s on your own two feet, two wheels, or something else entirely. There are plenty of ways to up the pace around the UK, from traditional trail running, road cycling and downhill mountain biking, but if you’re looking for something a little different, give kite buggying a try and tear along the beach attached to a kite, or check out the world’s fastest zipline, found in an impressive North Wales quarry. 

 

If two wheels is more your bag, the UK has so many on and off-road cycling routes to choose from, with some epic climbs, hair-raising descents and unforgettable views to boot. Move over Majorca: the UK has its fair share of rides that will make you the envy of all your Strava followers. And the best part? You can do the whole journey on your bike. 

For water babies

Lamenting the absence of sandy beaches and clear blue waters in your life right now? All is not lost. We live on an island and whilst it might not be in the Med, there’s plenty of sand, sea and watersports on offer for those who seek it. Our humble coastline is vast and varied, and you can surf, swim, sail, ski and snorkel to your heart’s content. But there’s plenty more where that came from, and there’s never been a better time to try something new. If you love the snow in winter, why not check out kiteboarding or ski surfing? If you’re after a bit of zen, give SUP or beach yoga a try (depending how good your balance is). But if it’s underwater adventure you’re missing, the UK has some of the best wreck sites for traditional diving, and if you fancy taking things up a notch, drift diving is sure to give you a buzz as you travel underwater at speed, carried by the current with no kicking required.

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For eco warriors

Not everyone’s idea of a break is travelling at high speed or reaching great heights. Sometimes you need to slow things down and reconnect, but that doesn’t mean you have to compromise. The UK has plenty to offer those looking for a little wellness, space and solitude from their adventures with plenty of beautiful and almost untouched to choose from. If you fancy treating yourself and have the cash to splash, book yourself an outdoor retreat in one of the UK’s many tranquil countryside locations. Activities range from forest yoga, wild swimming and foraging to outdoor circuit classes, kayaking and guided trail runs. 

 

If you’re not big on timetables and would rather work on your own schedule, there’s no reason why you can’t do these wellness activities outdoors on your own terms and discover the hidden wonders of the UK for yourself. And if you fancy a little luxury on your escape to the wilderness, check out our guide to glamping, with plenty of green options to choose from if you’re trying to do your bit for the planet.