Tranquil rolling hills, serene seaside vistas, peaceful forest pastures… blow that for a game of soldiers! One look at these extreme activities located all across the United Kingdom and you’ll be chomping at the bit to try them out for yourself.
Don’t try this at home – there are way more interesting places to test your mettle.
Ace Adventures – Auchnagairn, Grandtully, Killiecrankie and Titan Crane, Scotland
The Scottish are historically famed for their courage and with activities taking place in four very differing locations north of the border, Ace Adventures offers the perfect opportunity to show just how much of a Braveheart you really are. From white water rafting to canyoning and bungee jumping, you can guarantee that if an activity makes your ticker thud, these guys have got it covered.
But it’s not all white knuckle thrills and high-adrenaline spills. Ace Adventures also offers a range of more relaxed wilderness and wildlife experiences to ensure you become ‘at one’ with your surroundings. After all, with multiple centres placed across the majestic Scottish highlands, it would be rude not to kick back and take in the scenery once in a while.
River Deep Mountain High – Lake District, England
Set in the heart of the rolling Cumbrian landscape, Coniston’s River Deep Mountain High is the ideal location for your next adventure…and not a Tina Turner impersonator in sight.
Gorge walking, mountain biking and open canoeing are all on the action-packed menu at this all-you-can-eat adrenaline feast and with a combination of individual and group activities, it’s the perfect place for both bumbling beginners and experienced extreme sports enthusiasts alike.
Just half an hour’s drive from the picturesque Lake Windermere, there’s one thing you can be sure of: if the activities don’t take your breath away, the incredible views certainly will.
Go Ape – Various locations, Nationwide
If you’re after a fun-filled forest-based foray, then look no further than the ultimate venue in tree top thrill-seeking. With locations nationwide, the centre is quickly becoming something of a Mecca for budding Tarzans and Janes from all over the UK (and beyond) and with rope swings, zip lines and high assault courses, there’s no better place to unleash your inner primate.
If heights aren’t your thing, then why not keep your feet a little closer to terra firma and explore the breathtaking forest scenery on a nippy, self-balancing Segway.
Black Mountain Activities – Brecon Beacons, Wales
Located among the deep gorges and towering peaks of the spectacular adventure playground that is the Brecon Beacons, Black Mountain Activities specialises in a range of land and water-based activities; even offering accommodation via its own four star lodge just two miles away from the centre (don’t worry, they won’t make you walk there after a long day trekking the hilltops).
Against an inspiring backdrop of South Wales’ stunning and unspoiled national park, the centre boasts an incredible location and expert tuition, and the crisp, clean air will leave you feeling refreshed, and on top of the world. With the highest peak in the range standing tall some 2,907 feet above sea level, you won’t be far off.
Adventure International – Bude, Cornwall
Cornwall is a beautiful part of the UK famous for many things – namely, belly-busting pasties and indulgent ice cream. Once you’ve made the most of either of those (or both), you might want to strike off some calories down at Adventure International.
Smack bang in the middle of Bude, a bustling seaside resort since the days of Queen Victoria, the centre boasts a wide range of activities to get all pulses racing – from mountain climbing and abseiling to mountain boarding and caving. If you don’t mind getting your hair wet, you can even catch a wave or two down at the centre’s Surf School. Kowabunga.