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12 Ideas for Adventurous Days Out in England

Looking for inspiration for an adventurous day out near you? We all know there’s loads of fun adventure to be had in England, but where to find it?

Let’s take a look at a few ideas for adventurous days out in England – something to take you out of your comfort zone and challenge daily life as you know it.

Enough of the UNESCO sites, the Stately Homes and the Zoos – let’s take a look at how and where you can get that adrenaline pumping at the top adventure spots in our beautiful country.

1. Mountain biking

In England, you can choose from hundreds of tracks for mountain biking. Being relatively close to train stations at all times, and having the range of terrain we do, means there are plenty of opportunities to get on two wheels to explore.

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The often-cited top three mountain bike routes in England are:

1. Long Mynd, Shropshire

2. South Downs Way, Hampshire

3. The Quantocks, Somerset

Or you could try the nice and flat 13km Ullswater track in the Lake District for a start. For some safe and easy city cycling, check out this 8-step guide to cycling Portsmouth, by site founder, Vicky.

2. Paddle boarding

While you are still in Ullswater, Lake District, you could try another wonderfully adventurous activities. We’re talking about paddle boarding here.

In the Lake District you can follow the lake for 13km and admire the huge Helvellyn Mountain 635m tall. Either go as part of a group, or explore by yourself.

Woman paddling with surfboard sup on forest river

Paddleboarding is a great adventurous activity in England, and doesn’t have to cost you a lot. It’s around £20-25 to rent a board for an hour, or save and do it by the day.

Tact-Isle Adventures on the Isle of Wight are a great place to rent them down there, or New Forest Activities, in the New Forest.

Pretty much, wherever there’s water, there’ll be someone renting out a paddleboard nearby in England.

3. Coasteering

Coasteering combines sea swimming, low level climbing, traversing, natural rapid riding and ledge leaps into deep water plunge pools. It’s SO much fun.

You can find coasteering, surprisingly enough, on the coast of England. Counties like Dorset, Devon and Cornwall are famous for it.

North Sea Coast in Alnmouth in Northumberland, England, UK - with some anti-tank blocks from the second world war on the beach

Or, up north, Northumberland is totally surrounded by natural beauty and is the perfect destination for coasteering lovers. Northumberland is famous for its wildlife – head to Horwick and you’ll get a chance to coasteer along with the dolphins and seals. Explore the caves, gullies and multiple submarine wrecks.

Although it is considered a difficult place for coasteering still, it is regarded as one of the best due to its unique and adventurous obstacles. Coasteering makes for a brilliant adventurous day out in England.

4. Zip lining

Fancy an exciting but a fearsome little adventure in England? We’re talking about zip lining. It might look dangerous, but I can assure you, there’s no way they’d let you on that line unless they had the confidence that even their grandmother would make it to the other side alive.

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In England, you can find a lot of zip lining tracks, but one of the most thrilling ones is at Adrenalin Quarry, in Cornwall. You jump off the 50m high cliff to zip line through a track that is 490m long.

You can see the rushing water under you as you whizz past at up to 40km/h. The awesome thing here is that you can take your loved one / friend on a parallel zip line so that both of you can shout and enjoy the journey together.

5. Wild swimming

Are you into wildlife? Do you like swimming? If the answer to both the questions is a yes, then try some wild swimming in England.

Wild swimming is of course, great fun, but please do all your safety checks before hand. Only get in if you know the current, you have a buddy and you know your exits. It’s perfectly safe, if you know what you’re doing. If you’re a newb, choose a time when the area has a lifeguard.

Do some research in your destination to find the best wild swimming spots and enjoy!

Patterdale terrier sitting on a bluff overlooking Blea Tarn, in English Lake District National Park

Some people prefer to swim in crowds, others, the quieter the better.

For the peace and silence lovers, the best place for a wild swim would be along the River Trent in Ingleby, Derbyshire, in the Midlands – around the vicinity of Anchor Church.

There are wild swimming spots all over England, and it really is a wonderfully adventurous way to see more of the country.

6. Mountain climbing

Mountain climbing or hiking can be a little tough, but once you reach the top, you would see the most astonishing and eye-catching natural scenes.

Mountain climbing day out in england

The Dufton pike in the Pennines can be a very fine option for your mountain climbing cravings, for an adventurous day out in England. If you’re strong and want to make most out of it, you can start from the Dufton Village. But if you want a smooth tireless journey, you can take the round path that is easier and you can take it if you are with your family members.

Along with the climbing, you would be able to have a look at the lush green fields of Dufton village along with the stunning vistas from Cross Fell. 

7. White water rafting

You might not think England and white water rafting, but trust me, there’s plenty of opportunity for you to get out there and try it.

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White water rafting is always ranked at the top of the list of adrenaline activities, thanks to the thrill of being out on the water. You can choose any long river lake or open water place and in England, you would come across a lot of options. Of course, some are better and safer than others.

One of the best places in England to go white water rafting is in Hertfordshire – at the Lee Valley White Water Rafting Centre. You can traverse the Olympic Course, and have a great time while you’re there!

8. Wild camping in England

Are you brave enough to try wild camping in England?

First step is to make sure that where you intend to wild camp in England is legal to do so. Generally, in England, you need to get permission from the landowner before you wild camp. However, you can do it on Dartmoor for up to two consecutive nights, provided you’re more than 100 metres from a public road.

wild camping

There are other options for wild camping in England, and there are also registered campsites that kinda make you feel like you’re camping too.

Wild camping in England is one of the best ways to be at one with nature during the night time.

Haystacks in the Lake District is another great place in England to go wild camping.You can camp anywhere you want and you don’t need any permission for this. Having mountains on one side, and the running water of the lake on the other side, makes it a dream place for wild camping. Trouble is, quite a few other people know that too!

9. Borrowing a boat

Have you ever pictured yourself drinking cocktails on the deck of a huge boat somewhere exotic?

Well, let that exotic destination be Hampshire. The maritime history is strong there, and boats are in the blood. You can now borrow a boat for a day here, and explore the coastline as you please.

View of an English rural countryside scenery from bow of narrowboat on British waterway canal

Definitely one of the more unique adventurous days out in England. Time it right for a sunny day and you can sleep on the deck or just stand by to see the smooth movement of the water.

There are many websites renting boats out in England – featuring everything from yachts to canal boats.

10. Skydiving in England

Definitely not suggested for anyone with a fear of heights!

Unless, today’s the day you face those fears, of course.

One of the most adventurous days out in England has to be, doing a skydive. Sign up to somewhere like GoSkydive in Salisbury and you can skydive over sights like Stonehenge and the beaches of Bournemouth.

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Imagine jumping from the plane with your instructor from a height of around 13000 feet; nothing can be more thrilling than this. Once you cover a distance of 5000 feet in the first 40 seconds, your instructor will open the parachute and in the next 6 minutes, you’ll see breathtaking sights from the stunning English skies.

11. Paragliding in England

East Sussex is a great place in England to give paragliding a try. You don’t need any experience, just a willingness to run off a hill!

Sign up to a paraglide with Fly Sussex and you’ll be surrounded by a team of trainers and helpers to guide you with the paragliding in the smoothest way possible. It can be a little challenging and frustrating when you swoop through the air initially, but once you get going, paragliding is just incredible.

This is the closest you can get to a bird’s eye view! 

Paraglider flying over mountains in summer day

There are lots of places to try paragliding – how about that for an adventurous day out in England?

11. Windsurfing in England

Ever tried windsurfing before?

The north coast of Norfolk offers a perfect spot for windsurfing for the tourists. Initially, you’d get training sessions on the water area that isn’t too deep. Once you’re done with the basic training, they’ll provide you with the kits and buoyancy aids and will send you out in the deep waters to enjoy you adventurous day out in England.

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The list of potential adventurous activities for a day out in England is extensive!

Best of all, some of them are free.

England is full of interesting and adventurous things to do. Your day out can be all about climbing a tree or rafting in the middle of the river. It can be riding a bike in the mountains or a dangerous but adventurous hike. For adventure travellers, England has a lot of things to do. 

Family in a kayak on a water walk

Let me know what adventurous activity you get up to in the comments below!

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4 replies on “12 Ideas for Adventurous Days Out in England”

I now live in Melbourne, Australia but have got such fond memories of camping and adventures on Dartmoor. I can’t wait to get back for a holiday to see the Devon coastline and enjoy some real ale!

Thanks for your comment Simon, and for reading! I spent a lot of my childhood holidays in Devon too, by the River Dart. Such a wonderful part of England, isn’t it? Hope you make it back some day soon!

I know what you mean. You’ll have to plan very carefully for wild camping with kids. Sure it’ll be fun once you’re there but tough to think about it! Hope you manage to plan a great trip to somewhere.

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