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10 of the Most Exciting Adventure Holiday Destinations in the UK

10 of the Most Exciting Adventure Holiday Destinations in the UK

Looking for a holiday at home that will have your heart racing? Then look no further than’s 10 adventure holiday destinations in the UK.

Travel From Coast to Coast

Every year thousands of walkers and cyclists complete this journey known as the C2C which crosses northern England from St Bees on the Irish Sea to Robin Hoods Bay on the North Sea. There is plenty of signage and information on the route available, but you can find out more information here. Whichever route you decide to take you’ll need to have good map-reading skills and a lot of grit and determination. If doing it alone isn’t your thing you can find specialist travel companies who can help plan your route and also book accommodation and arrange transfers for you. There is plenty of suitable accommodation on route and you can even stop off to enjoy a pint at the Pennine Way who claims to be the highest pub in England at 1,732ft.

Sail around the British Isles

Explore the shores of the British Isles on the ultimate voyage. The 2,500 mile round trip can include up to 60 stop offs. Starting from St Katharine Docks under Tower Bridge, you can sail to Devon, the Scillies, north Cornwall, the Menai Strait, Isle of Man, Belfast Lough, Mull of Kintyre, the Scottish Islands, Shetland, Edinburgh and back down the east coast to Tower Bridge. This journey can be difficult to navigate and isn’t for the novice sailor, however there are tour options if you would much rather just sit back and enjoy the view.  

The Welsh 3000 challenge

Take on the Welsh 3000 challenge and conquer 15 peaks of 3,000ft or more.

It’s no easy feat, start your trek below Aber Falls, ticking off seven on the first day then spending a night in the Ogwen Valley. The second day involves a hike up Bristly Ridge, five peaks and then a stopover in Nant Peris. For the grand finale you will tackle Snowdon (Yr Wyddfa), at 3,560ft. Not for the faint hearted, but definitely a challenge for any budding hiker.

Scuba dive in Orkney

Explore unknown treasures off the coasts of Orkney. Scapa Flow is a popular adventure scuba diving spot, being home to many underwater shipwrecks just waiting to be explored. Relics of World War One lie on the sea bed, including seven large German war ships and four destroyers. If that’s not your thing there are also great cliff, rock stack and cave diving. You don’t have to be an experienced scuba diver, even beginners can dive some of the wrecks with a variety of courses available nearby.

Horse Ride in the Mendips

Spend your holiday horse riding in Somerset. Include long rides in the Rowberry Forest and the Mendips, take lessons in jumping or dressage and when you’re not getting ready to gee-up take in some sightseeing to Bath, Bristol and Cheddar Gorge.

Cycle the Hebrides

There’s nowhere else in the UK where you can travel over several islands by bicycle. Take in the sights of shell beaches, idyllic mountainscapes, blue lochs, medieval towers and picturesque countryside. Start your journey off with a ferry to Stornoway from Ullapool and you will easily be able to travel the six main islands, which are all linked by causeways. There’s plenty of accommodation options from campsites, B&Bs to hotels.

Swim the Cam

Enjoy a refreshing dip in the River Cam and follow in the footsteps of Virgina Woolf and Bloomsbury Group. The river has many pretty quarters and swim holes next to meadows. And in case you feel especially grand, Lord Byron was known to have taken a dip at the confluence of Granta and Rhee sections, near Trumpington.

Via Ferrata, Lake District

Explore England’s first Via Ferrata – a series of ladders and bridges that follow a Victorian miner’s route over cliffs to the summit of Fleetwith Pike at 2,126ft. There are more challenging versions, with climbs along the rockface and a zip line route. With self-catering cottages nearby owned by the mine, you could turn this into the ultimate adventure weekend.

Take the jump in Middlesbrough

Are you ready to take the leap? Middlesbrough’s Transporter Bridge is the only bridge in the UK where you can bungee jump. The jump has a 200ft headfirst drop towards the Tees. Forget jumping from South Africa’s Bloukrans Bridge, and give it a go from the comfort of home.

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