This article was written by Naomi Dawson. She has given us some cool new ideas to add to our UK bucket list. Enjoy!
Cultural celebrations, traditional idyllic scenery and cosmopolitan escapades – the British Isles are alive with natural beauty and soul-stirring experiences. From heart-thumping river swims and rafting exploits to remarkable wildlife encounters, coastal bliss and glamorous city affairs, the UK is where you’ll find a new and exciting adventure around every corner. The country is home to captivating scenery, intoxicating expeditions and endless possibilities for indulging in holiday perfection.
1. The Lake District
Britain’s infamous natural beauty draws in millions of tourists every year, and the North West of England is one of the biggest draws – attracting 3.1 million visitors in 2017 alone. And nowhere is that charm more apparent than in the region’s ravishing Lake District, where enchanting mountainscapes and lakes are surrounded by tranquil seas of lush woodland. Some of the best adventures to try out here include hiking up the Scafell Pike (which is England’s tallest mountain) and taking a boat trip across the Wastwater (the country’s deepest lake). You can also try out many new and fun activities here. Learn how to wield an ice-axe, try your hand at paddle-boarding and windsurfing, or simply sit back and take in the surreal perfection of the sixteen lakes and the land around them.
2. Lundy Island
What says adventure better than splashing with seals off an exquisitely wild island? Britain’s Lundy Island, sitting just four hours away from Bristol, boasts pristine landscapes, great weather and an abundance of stunning wildlife. Once you get here by ferry, you’ll be able to rub shoulders with the island’s beautiful Atlantic grey seals, dive among them and explore the countless breathtaking coves and bays that are found all around the marine nature reserve of the island. The heavenly beaches of Croyde and Woolacombe here are also popular for surfing and countless other water sports.
For the bold and daring, nothing spells adventure quite like an electrifying white water rafting experience. If you’re up for a wild ride, Hertfordshire offers the opportunity to brave notorious tidal rapids in nothing more than an inflatable raft, with a paddle in hand and your heart in your mouth. And if a little extra challenge is what you’re craving for, head over to the Lee Valley White Water Centre, where you’ll find the rapids built for the London 2012 Olympics. Located just 17 miles away from the comforts of central London, this is where you can test out your rafting skills against the pros and enjoy every second of it.
4. Cairngorms National Park
Located in the magical highlands of Scotland, the Cairngorms National Park is a place for adventurers to lean on their survival skills while deep in the heart of mountain wilderness and remote glacial valleys. The park is close to two picturesque Scottish cities – Inverness and Aberdeen. Here you can be guided by local experts as you learn how to make snow holes, prepare meals and survive the wintry temperatures – the perfect expedition for adventurous souls.
Whether you want to relax or go on one wild adventure after another, Wales is a destination that won’t disappoint. Start your Welsh adventure in the Brecon Beacons, where you can hike along many walking routes while taking in the glorious panoramas that beckon from every direction. And for a truly soul-stopping adventure, travel over to Zip World where you can soar over the stunning countryside on the longest zip line in Europe to your heart’s content. If sky escapades are not your cup of tea, you can check out the underground trampoline here, or get on the Forest Coaster for a super-fast roller coaster ride that gets your blood thumping.
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