England is the perfect place for outdoor adventures, with different unique activities around every corner and the beauty of the countryside to be found right on your doorstep. You can find something that is suitable for you, regardless of your age or your skill level.
For the hikers at heart: Train for the Three Peaks Challenge
The Three Peaks Challenge is the toughest mountain climbing challenge in the UK. It involves climbing Ben Nevis, Scafell Pike and Snowdon in a relatively short time frame, usually this is under 24 hours.
A lot of different hikers that are training for the Three Peaks Challenge do so by tackling mountains in Yorkshire, England. The Yorkshire Three Peaks Challenge involves reaching the peaks of Pen-y-Ghent, Whernside, and Ingleborough in less than 12 hours. Training with these mountains is a serious test of fitness and endurance, but it only just scratches the surface of the challenge that is the UK Three Peaks Challenge.
For the families: Have fun in the trees at Go Ape!
Go Ape offer a large number of outdoor adventures that have been designed specifically with families and younger people in mind. They offer four different activity types, including Tree Top Adventure, Tree Top Junior, Forest Segways, and Zip Trekking Adventure.
Go Ape locations can be found all over England, and with 27 to choose from you can almost guarantee that one will be nearby. Certain locations only offer specific activities, so you should check in advance that the activity that you want to take part in is available at the Go Ape location that you are planning to visit! The Tree Top Junior course is the one that is the most family friendly, as people of any age can take part! The Tree Top Adventure and Forest Segways courses require everyone taking part to be at least 10 years old. You have to be at least 13 years old to participate in Zip Trekking Adventure.
This makes the activities at Go Ape some of the most family friendly ones in England, with something for everyone to take part in.
For the challenge seekers: Tough Mudder!
Tough Mudder advertises itself as being ‘the toughest event on the planet’, and anyone that has taken part and enjoyed the challenge would probably tell you the same thing about the Tough Mudder course. It is one of the most difficult adventure activities that can be found in the UK, so it would be advisable that you have a relatively high level of fitness to take part.
The course itself covers approximately 10 – 12 miles, depending on the exact location. It consists of a lot of mud, so it is guaranteed that you will need a change of clothes and a good shower afterward. More than 20 different obstacles can also be found on the course, pushing you to your limits and challenging you to face your fears head on.
For those of us that are not scared of the dark: Caving and Potholing
There are numerous locations dotted around England where caving and potholing take place frequently, although those with claustrophobia would be advised to avoid some of them. The sheer number of sites in England that are available give you a lot of different options. You can walk through magical underground caves, with stalactites everywhere, or squeeze through tiny caves and slide down natural water slides.
It would be highly advisable to make sure that you only go caving or potholing with a qualified guide, due to the issues that can occur, especially if you find yourself in a cave with a lot of different routes to go down. There are a lot of different caving groups around England that you could join for a quick adventure.
If you are planning an activity with children, then you might want to consider Ingleborough Cave in the north of England. They have a number of specialist guides there that are trained to deal specifically with groups of children.
For those of us with a passion for water: Scuba Diving off of the English Coast!
You don’t have to travel to the sunshine covered beaches of Australia or Hawaii to go scuba diving, you can actually participate in the activity in a number of different English locations. You might be imagining dark patches of water and fish with sharp teeth lurking in there, but the reality is very different. You can find everything from natural marine life to airplane wrecks while diving in England.
One of the most popular scuba diving spots is Lundy Island, which can be found just off of the coast of Devon. It is an official marine conservation zone, boasting a large number of divable wrecks with great visibility. Another ideal location would be the Farne Islands, just off of the coast of Northumberland. These islands are surrounded by a dangerous shipping area, meaning that dozens of wrecks litter the seabed around them. You can even find a playful grey seal colony living nearby.
For those of us that like variety: The Lake District
The Lake District is the ideal destination for anyone that likes variety when it comes to the activities that they participate in. There is something to be found there for every skill level, and adventure is everywhere. You can take a pleasant stroll down a beautiful walking trail, or challenge yourself and hike up a mountain.
You can go abseiling, caving, or participate in water sports on the top of Lake Windermere, the largest lake in the whole of England. You could even hold a hawk at Silverband Falconry, or go skydiving up there.
We would advise that nature lovers make sure that they spend some time camping in the great outdoors up there, as it really is beautiful. Make sure that you remember all of the essentials that are needed for any amount of time in the wilderness.
Remember to bring a map and a compass for navigation, food and water to ensure that you are in your best condition, and a good emergency kit that includes a loud whistle, the best bushcraft knife that you can find, and a mobile phone. It’s unlikely that you will need your emergency kit, but you should always prepare for the worst.
So, where will your next adventure take you?