The Best Places for Adventure Sports in the United Kingdom

The United Kingdom is not only known for having some of the biggest regional differences in Europe, but also for having some of the most dramatic scenery. From lush Welsh Valleys to the dramatic mountains of the West Highlands, the United Kingdom’s rugged landscapes have attracted both tourism and the attention of film directors. Their vast range of spectacular scenery also makes it the ideal place for adventure sports. Whether you love zip-lining, mountain-biking or surfing, the United Kingdom has it all. 

The Best Places for Adventure Sports in the United Kingdom

Top 3 Places for Adventure Sports in the UK


If you want to experience England’s longest and fastest zip wire, then Cornwall is the place to soar through the air. Hangloose Adventure is based at the Eden Project, although you don’t actually need to have a ticket to the gardens to enter. It takes you above some of their most impressive botanical landscapes, and all at an impressive speed. Many people may be used to sitting upwards on a zip wire, but this one allows you to face forward, giving you a real bird’s eye view of the gardens. Cornwall is also home to plenty of other dramatic landscapes, and basing yourself in a rental home is the best way to see them. Browsing Cornwall holiday cottages on expert sites such as Portscatho Holidays can help you find a family-friendly place to stay. 

East Sussex

If you’ve ever worried that you’d need the equipment to go kite buggying, then you needn’t fret. In East Sussex, you can be helpfully-guided and taught by an experienced instructor. It’s described as being like go-carting, but instead of an engine pulling you along, the wind does all the work for you. If you’ve ever watched people having on fun on the beach with a kite buggy with absolute envy, then here’s your chance to have a go. Sussex is also ideal for any kind of beach holiday, even if you prefer to relax on the sand with a book in hand. 

Lake District

The Lake District is pretty much ideal for any type of adventure holiday in the UK. Its lakes are perfect for canoeing and kayaking, and its rolling green hills are the best place for taking adventurous hikes. Wherever you stay, the views are almost certainly bound to be jaw-dropping. The area of Cumbria is also home to some unique hiking challenges. The Scramble Striding Edge may not be ideal for those with a fear of heights, but it is also said to be suitable for beginners. Scrambling is the art of learning to use both your hands and feet for support and balance when hiking. It allows you to tackle steeper inclines that are a bit more off the beaten track. 

North or south, Britain is an ideal place to take your family for some adventure sports. The United Kingdom certainly enjoys warm summers and the odd heatwave, but the lack of overwhelming heat makes it easier to get out and about and enjoy the fresh air. With family-friendly hiking trails and fun days out, you may wish to make it a road-trip while you’re there.

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