There’s no denying that the UK is growing as a tourist destination. In fact, an estimated 41.7 million tourists visited the UK in 2018. With more and more Brits opting for a staycation and travelers flocking to the isles from abroad, it seems the UK is the place to be. For many, the UK conjures images of grand palaces and iconic landmarks. In reality, this is an image of central London and bears no reflection of the rest of the UK. The varied landscape and green spaces allow for a wealth of adventure with much to explore. Below, we have outlined some of the best UK destinations for an adventurous break.
The Lake District is a region of beauty. Think snow-capped mountains imposing over the tranquil waters below. Officially, this region in the North-West of England has only one lake, Bassenthwaite Lake. However, there are 15 further bodies of water in the region, known as meres and waters, making it the perfect destination for water sports. Kayaking is very popular here, particularly as the sun beams down on the lakes during the summer months.
Whilst water sports draw many visitors to the Lake District, hiking is equally popular. There are a variety of walks and national trails to suit all abilities, although real adventure seekers will head to Scafell Pike, the highest mountain in England at an elevation of 978m.
From mountain biking to climbing, surfing to caving, there is a wide range of adventures to be had in Snowdonia. In fact, Adventure Parc Snowdonia has got it all covered! Head out onto the lagoon for a stand-up paddleboarding session then mountain bike through the forest. There are also opportunities for gorge walking and exploring the cliffs of Anglesey.
If the unpredictable Welsh weather becomes too much, you can head indoors for more adrenaline-fuelled adventures. Snowdonia’s Slate Caverns are now home to ZipWorld, with both underground and overground zipline adventures. Here you have the opportunity to zip half the height of Snowdon whilst taking in the tranquil views of Snowdonia. If commercial adventure is not your thing, you can always get back to nature and climb Mount Snowdon itself.
At an elevation of 1,085 meters above sea level, Snowdon is the highest point in the British Isles outside the Scottish Highlands. The ascent and descent combined usually takes around five hours but the views from the summit are well worth it. If you’re short of time you can always take the Snowdonia Mountain railway, taking in the views at a more leisurely pace.
Camber Sands, a five-mile stretch of sandy beach in the South East of England, offers the ideal location for kitesurfing. The coastal winds here are perfect for this activity. There are several centers in this region that enable you to learn using a skateboard-like land board before heading out to the waves for an adrenaline-fuelled adventure.