The UK is a great holiday destination, albeit not always ideal if you are looking for a sunshine break. The UK offers something very different to the beach holiday – it offers picturesque countryside and multiple opportunities for healthy, outdoor adventures. Whether you fancy hiking up a mountain, zip-wiring down a mountain or just spending time in the beautiful rural pastures, there is plenty to see and do around the UK.
You could even split your trip between sightseeing in a large city like London or Edinburgh, then heading out into the countryside for the second part of your holiday. We have rounded up some adventure-filled destinations for you to include on your trip:
Whitewater rafting in Llangollen
Head to the stunning area of Llangollen in Wales where there are water sports such as white water rafting to do on the River Dee. If you like water based adventures then this is an awesome location to find fun activities and explore the surrounding areas. There are numerous tour operators that offer white water rafting along the River Dee, so take a look at the different options before you book. When you are looking for accommodation, you will find lovely, quaint B&Bs and caravan holiday parks to choose from.
Windsurfing in the Lake District
The Lake District is a vast area containing numerous lakes that offer an array of water sports activities. Lake Windermere is probably your best option in terms of the biggest activity selection, where you can choose windsurfing, canoeing, water skiing and sailing amongst other water-based activities. The Lake District is also a great location for those who enjoy hiking or mountain biking in nice scenery.
Hiking in the Highlands
Mountainous Scotland is filled with adventure and it is a top destination for hikers looking for trails of all levels. For those looking for a more challenging hike, the Highlands have plenty of tough trails to choose from. Ben Alligin in Torridon takes you to the highest point of 986 metres and some amazing views when you reach the peak. Also, The Fisherfields offers a serious mountaineering adventure, including five Munros and a Corbett to conquer.
For a slower paced type of adventure, taking to the water by narrowboat is a wonderful experience. The UK’s canal network offers many exploration opportunities, regardless of where you start from but Warwickshire is particularly nice. You can rent a boat for a few days and set off along your way, meeting fellow narrowboat habitants throughout your journey. You will come across a wealth of historic buildings and landmarks, as well as the stunning landscape of Warwickshire. Stratford-upon-Avon, or Shakespeare country, is not only a fascinating place for literature enthusiasts to visit it is also one of the most beautiful areas in England.
Rowing in Cambridge
The River Cam is where the Cambridge entrants of the famous Cambridge University v Oxford University boat race train. The long stretch of water is a hotspot for rowers and even attracts swimmers on a nice day. The city of Cambridge is a lovely place to visit, with amazing historical architecture and plenty of additional attractions. Just an hour’s train journey to London, you could very easily combine a day out in the capital to maybe take in a West End show or visit the famous sightseeing spots like Buckingham Palace. Better yet, if you are looking for suitable gifts to take home as a souvenir, or just something to say “I love you, mum”, there are shops aplenty. Combining Cambridge and London is a great way to experience both sides to the south section of England – the famous landmarks and city life plus the historical buildings and water activities that Cambridge offers.
Have you ever done any of these before? It would be great to hear what you think.