As a nation we’re becoming increasingly adventurous. From our holiday destinations to experimenting with exotic foods, forget dipping a toe, Britain’s jumping in to a wave of new experiences head first.
To quench the nation’s thirst for thrills, LateRooms.com has revealed the best outdoor activies for those who don’t want to just walk, but mountain bike, climb and skydive, on the wild side.
A recent phenomena, flyboarding is for those who always dreamed of flying – it’s practically the same thing! The jetpack (yes, you get to wear a jetpack) launches you through the air, propelled by water and allowing you to jet across the waves at speeds of up to 45km per hour. This adrenaline pumping sport is like no other when it comes to thrills and you’ll look like Iron Man while doing it.
Where: Flyboard Fun, Frodsham, Cheshire
Stay: Macdonald Portal Hotel (From £136 per night)
Like climbing…But in a cave. This activity should be avoided by those afraid of the dark, small spaces, and heights…Actually you should probably just be an all-round daredevil to take this one on.
From families to pros, there are caves across the UK to suit all levels. The lack of light, tight space and water hazards make this an adventure for the most daring of go-getters.
Where: Cave Climb, Cheddar, Somerset
Not a newcomer to the daredevil scene but it still takes some guts to do it. Jumping from a plane and relying on a piece of material to spring from your back doesn’t exactly sound like an idea of fun but the sense of freedom and liberation is what makes this once in a lifetime thrill worth it– plus, the views from 13,000 feet are pretty epic wherever you choose to jump.
Where: Skydive UK, Honiton, Devon
Stay: Farmhouse Cottage, Sidmouth, Devon (From £125 per night)
If you’re picturing the peaceful countryside bike rides from your childhood, then stop now. Mountain biking isn’t just a bike ride set in the hills, no, we’re talking rough terrain, dirt trails, and freewheeling from near-vertical drops. It takes skill as well as nerve for this sport with strength, balance, and of course the ability to ride a bike, all essential attributes.
Where: Nan Bield Pass, Staveley, Lake District
Stay: Gilpin Lodge (From £255 per night)
White Water Kayaking
From the Scottish Glens to the rapids of Wales, the UK has plenty of exhilarating runs perfect for white water kayaking. For those not familiar with the sport, think of a peaceful canoe ride catapulted into ferocious currents and you’ve got it in one. This river adventure into unpredictable canyons can be done on a Sunday afternoon or extended into a long weekend, however you choose to embark on it, prepare for intoxicating thrills that’ll leave you wanting more.
Where: Canoe Wales, Frondoch, Bala
Stay: Abercelyn Country House (From £180 per night)