Adventure Activities in the UK

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Planning a trip to the UK doesn’t just involve touring crumbling buildings and dusty museums; the UK is also a giant playground for adrenaline junkies whether you get your thrills in the air, up a mountain or under water.  Here are a few thoughts to get your pulses racing!

The view is pretty good from up there!

The view is pretty good from up there! Photo via The_Shyn.

Sky Diving in the Lake District

Imagine falling 14,500 feet and reaching speeds of up to 120 miles an hour with nothing but the birds for company.  Now imagine totally breathtaking views of crystal clear lakes and miles of rolling countryside from your parachute as you float over the Lake District.  It’s no problem if this is your first time skydiving as instructors fly and deploy the parachute making it the safest and easiest way to freefall.  The Lake District really is the place to go for thrill seekers with plenty more to get your adrenaline levels rising if sky diving is a little out of your comfort zone.  Try open water swimming in Lake Windermere, zorbing on Derwent Water or climbing with a difference at Honister Slate Mine.  When it comes to choosing holiday accommodation in the Lake District, Sykes Cottages have a great selection of self-catering properties to unwind in after your adventures.

Some adventurous Canyoneers!

Some adventurous Coasteers! Photo via Coasteering.

Coasteering in Pembrokeshire

If you’re looking for the best way to get up close and personal with the seriously beautiful Pembrokeshire coastline, why not give coasteering a go?  Coasteering is a totally unique sport which involves rock climbing, cliff jumping and open water swimming.  It’s just like canyoning, but on the coast. You’ll get to discover parts of the coastline normally hidden from view which makes the experience even more exciting.  With wetsuits, shoes and life jackets provided, all you need to do is turn up with an adventurous attitude ready for an exhilarating few hours.

Cycling in Yorkshire

There’s no better recommendation for a great bike ride than the fact that the Tour de France is coming to Yorkshire in 2014.  The greatest road race will wind through the picturesque Yorkshire Dales before visiting Leeds, York and Harrogate next summer.  For aspiring Wiggins wannabes, you’ll find your two wheels the best way to see Yorkshire.  The 100 mile Moor to Sea cycle trail can easily be managed in a few days and is a fantastic way to see everything from dramatic moorland and stunning coastline.  If you’re after competition style runs and drops, the championship route at Dalby is perfect.  A selection of ramps, jumps and corkscrews ensure a challenging circuit with an amazing backdrop to boot.

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