Are you one of those people that can’t sit still for long, while everyone else is sipping their cocktails by the pool on holiday? We feel you completely! You’re probably up early in the morning when holidaying, full of energy and craving an action-packed adventure of some kind, but don’t know how to go about planning or booking this. If so, we’ve got you covered! From the active to the down-right adrenaline junkies, here are the best outdoor activities for adults in the UK.
Surfing in Gower
Location: Llangennith, South Wales
It doesn’t matter if you’ve never ridden a wave, Llangennith Beach on the Gower Peninsula is perfect for all levels. As long as you are in love with the sea; and have possibly quietly dreamt of being a mermaid or merman while watching big surf classics, such as Point Break or Soul Surfer.
Llangennith, South Wales, is a truly remote and stunning place. The waves are consistent and suitable for advanced riders as well as those who are just starting their surfing adventure. The beach is huge, and even though on good days it is really busy, you can find some spots without crowds. Plus there’s hardly any network coverage, so you can be sure no one will disturb your fun!
Kitesurfing in The Bluff
Location: Hayle, Cornwall
The Bluff in Hayle is a great and versatile kitesurfing spot, with a beautiful beach and great conditions for flat water and waves. What’s more, it enables you to enjoy the raw and wild beauty of the Cornish coast, while really getting your adrenaline levels high. If you’ve never tried kitesurfing, it’s definitely one of the best ways for adrenaline seekers in the UK to spend a weekend. If you’re a rider, you must try wave riding.
Wakeboarding (Sheffield Cable Water Ski)
Location: Near the Peak District
Another proposition for the board lovers (or those who want to be one) is wakeboarding. With ten different obstacles in the cable park itself, as well as an aqua park with an inflatable assault course, this is one of the best spots for extreme sports in the United Kingdom. What’s more, the park’s ideal location means you’re close by the Peak District – perfect for any keen hikers, mountain bikers or general outdoor enthusiasts in the group.
The park has skateboard style features, for advanced wakeboarders, and learning options for newbies who can choose from wakeboarding, waterskiing and kneeboarding. Furthermore, the park is suitable for both adults and kids, so don’t worry if you’re a mum or a dad that still needs their adrenaline rush too; you can take your kids with you and be sure they’ll have some fun too!
Biking in Ullswater
Location: Lake District
Trust me when I say biking along the Lake District will provide you with a good workout. Apart from the beautiful views and the fresh country air, you are in for some challenging ups and adrenaline-pumping downs, which any thrill-seekers will just love.
The fun part of visiting Lake District on a bike, and taking the Ullswater-Boredale Valley route, is that you’ll get to ride the classic spots as well as the tourist-free terrains; exploring the local in a far more exciting and unique way.
Rock climbing in Huntsman’s Leap
Huntsman’s Leap over in Pembrokeshire is a stunning place for experienced climbers. This dramatic coastal chasm offers challenging climbing in atmospheric surroundings. It is tidal and the returning sea gives an additional sense of thrill.
It’s best to note that your climbing technique will be tested to the extreme here, so be sure you’ve polished your skills on slightly more forgiving spots. You will also need your top quality gear and will have to take a picturesque walk to get there. Enjoy, you’re up for some excellent sea cliff adventures!
Paragliding in Devil’s Dyke
Location: West Sussex
Devil’s Dyke in West Sussex is breathtaking at any time of the day, but try paragliding there at sunrise and you will never want to do sightseeing the traditional way again. It is one of the best gliding sites in the whole of Europe; attracting newbies as well as regular paragliders and offering stunning panoramic views of the countryside.
Not convinced yet? Why not try one of the tester rides or tandem flying, and see for yourself what it’s all about? ‘There is freedom waiting for you, on the breezes of the sky’ (Erin Hanson), so what are you waiting for? If you’re looking for the ultimate adventure sport, then you’ve definitely found it here!
Paddle boarding from Stackpole Quay to Barafundle Bay
Anyone who thinks paddle boarding is boring should try SUPing (Stand Up Paddleboarding) along the Stackpole Quay to Barafundle Bay. This stunning trip along the Pembrokeshire coast is not only a decent workout, but also allows you to see some breathtaking coastal spots along the way.
The trip guarantees scenic views and exploration – hidden sandy bays, caves, crystal clear waters and limestone cliffs. Get your wetsuit ready and don’t delay! What’s more, even the more dedicated adrenaline junkies may be able to get their blood rushing with a spot of paddle board surfing.
Gorge Walking in Fort William
Location: Scottish Highlands
Located in the wild and windswept Scottish Highlands, Fort William is a hub of outdoor adventure activities for the adrenaline-seeking explorer. If you’re visiting with the family, or a group of mates, then why not book yourselves onto a day of gorge walking?
Scramble up and slide down small waterfalls, paddle through rivers, plunge into pools and throw yourself off rocks. This is all about getting wet and having plenty of fun all together.
Caving in the Yorkshire Dales
Location: Yorkshire Dales National Park
Although the Yorkshire Dales National Park is stunning above ground, it’s even more spectacular below the surface. Enter the underground world and be dazzled by cathedral-like caverns, towering stalagmites, clinging stalactites and trickling rivers deep below the surface of the earth.
Runscar and Thistle are a group of several caves, which can be found in the heart of the Dales. These are great caves for beginners and experienced cavers alike, as there are little trickier sections which can be added on depending on how comfortable you feel.
White Water Rafting in Brecon Beacons
Location: Brecon Beacons
If you’re a bit of a water baby, then you’ve got to try white water rafting in Brecon Beacons. Suitable for groups of all sizes and all levels of experience, this is an incredible and unique way to experience one of the UK’s loveliest national parks.
What’s more, the River Wye is home to some of the most thrilling rapids in the whole of Wales. Ensuring that your trip will be adrenaline-pumping and exciting as can be.
Climb up Mount Snowdon
The highest mountain in England and Wales, Mount Snowdon should really feature on every hiker’s to-do list. Situated in Snowdonia, one of the loveliest National Parks in the whole of the UK, this is the ultimate day out for those who want to get a breath of fresh air and spend a day tackling the biggest height challenge England and Wales has to offer.
The climb should take about 6 to 8 hours and there are a variety of routes to choose from, which range in steepness and difficulty level. The day’s highlights include stunning panoramic views and a deep sense of achievement once you reach the summit. Up for the challenge?
Cliff Jumping in Abereiddy Bay
Calling all adrenaline seekers! The Pembrokeshire Coast has an array of incredible cliffs, just perfect for throwing yourself off (if you’re into that kind of thing, of course!).
An old flooded slate quarry, Abereiddy Bay is probably one of the best spots for cliff jumping around. As well as tranquil waters and stunning scenery, you can also find lots of different jumps here, ranging in height and level of suitability. What’s more, this is actually where the Red Bull Cliff Diving World Series competition is held too, showcasing just how good of a spot it is.
Walk with Tigers in Thrigby Hall
Explore the award-winning Thrigby Hall Wildlife Gardens and see the surreal sight of tigers wandering around the Norfolk countryside. This zoo is set in this stunning country park and is the perfect spot for animal-loving adults and kids alike.
The thrilling Tiger Walk here will take you right up into the treetops, where you can get up close and personal to these majestic giant cats. This is a truly exciting day out in the great outdoors for all the family!