The uptake of alternative holidays is on the rise. It’s no secret that as humans we seek adventure in many areas of life, but in travel we see that more and more people are leaning towards the idea of lying on a beach with a book. While there’s absolutely nothing wrong with this we shouldn’t forget that there are other holiday types that can engage and entertain us as well as brining us relaxation. One way of enjoying an alternative holiday is by going in for action sports. Below is a list of our favourite action sports you can try out around the UK.
Kayaking is one of those sports that if you’re not averse to water can be incredibly good fun. At locations all over Great Britain you can jump into a canal, a river or even the sea on your kayak and have hours if not days of great experiences. It’s argued that sea kayaking is one of the most adventurous, but cruising down a British canal on a summer’s afternoon on the way to the pub is surely the greatest of luxuries – just make sure you’ve got arrangements for the way back.
One of the lesser embarked on adventures cave exploring isn’t necessarily for everyone. The truth however, is that it’s potentially one of the most thrilling adventure sport that one can try. Heading deep down into the underbelly of the earth’s surface where thousands of years of geological activity have shaped the land is no small feat after all. There are plenty of accredited vendors who will both instruct you and lend you the necessary equipment for tackling the caves.
Rock climbing is one of those sports that is both ubiquitous and obscure depending on which scale you measure it against. The good news is that the UK has literally some of the best rock climbing spots in the world that have been popularised by famous climbers from all over. Many seasoned climbers head to the crags of Wales as they’re considered some of the most challenging in the UK. A good place to get an idea of where you might like to climb is the Visit Wales site where they have lists of accredited instructors and schools as well as ideas for multi activity holidays if you’re a keen adventure head.
Last but not least is hiking. It’s certainly one of the more subtle adventure sports but has the ability to romance you with the greatest scenery that GB has to offer. Tie that in with valuable lessons in cultural and geographical history and you’ve got yourself one wholly enriching experience right on your doorstep. As with the other activities there are plenty of places in the UK good for hiking, but it’s down to you to choose what tickles your fancy.