If you’re an adventure seeker, you don’t have to look too far for fun.
That’s because there are some brilliant adrenaline-fuelled attractions dotted all over England, Scotland and Wales.
So whether you love to get in the water or high in the sky, there’s something for everyone.
Here are some of the best to check out in the UK:
Best for… diving with a difference: Underwater Scooter Scuba, South Coast
Adding a decent dose of endorphins to what was formerly quite a chilled activity, the people at Oyster Diving have managed to get their hands on adapted former military sea scooters so scuba fans can whizz around dive sites at high speeds.
The scooters can be used at various places along the south coast, including Worthing – where you can see the eerie remains of British steamship the Indiana, which sank on a return journey from Sicily – and Brighton, where all sorts of unusual fish and sea life hide at South West Rocks. If wrecks aren’t your thing, you can simply whizz around the dive sites for the thrill of it.
Stay over: The chic, contemporary Brighton Harbour Hotel & Spa by the seafront has rooms from £125pn, harbourhotels.co.uk
Best for… lovers of heights: Zip World Tower, South Wales
Breathing a new lease of life into South Wales’s old Tower Colliery coal mining site, the fourth Zip World outpost certainly packs a thrilling punch when it comes to biggests, fastests and firsts.
Its Phoenix, for example, is the world’s fastest seated zip line, along which you can fly by the seat of your pants at speeds of 70mph for over a kilometre across the Rhigos mountain range. And if you’ve still got enough breath left after that, there’s also the rather friendlier Tower Coaster, a side-by-side industrial-style toboggan roller-coaster where riders can (mercifully) control the speed.
The only one of its kind in Europe, it allows users to choose whether they want to floor it at 25mph or gently coast along, taking in the views over the historic colliery site.
Stay over: A short drive from Tower Colliery, the Castle Hotel in Merthyr Tydfil has rooms from £65pn, castlehotelwales.com
Prices from £10pp (Tower Coaster from £25pp). For all Zip World sites, zipworld.co.uk.
Best for… a mix of experiences: Super SUP Coasteering, Cornwall
Group activity klaxon: everything about this is mega, from the seven-mate squad you can share the fun with to the shore-scrambling coasteering and the Super SUP it’s done on. Mixing the aquatic obstacle course that is coasteering with a massive eight-person standup paddleboard means you can explore caves, jump off cliffs and hop off rocks in much more adventurous conditions than a single SUP allows, so changing tides, curious wildlife and big waves are to be expected.
At Mullion Cove, a fishing village with a history of smuggling, the coastline is known for its wild terrain and tides, but if you’re over eight, reasonably fit and can doggy paddle, you’re good to go. It’s £58pp, including Super SUP hire. Book this with Lizard Adventure.
Stay over: Perched dramatically on the cliffs, the Mullion Cove Hotel (above) has rooms from £160pn, mullion-cove.co.uk.
Best for… off-road bikers: Enduro World Series
Get ready to hold on to your handlebars at the biggest celebration of mountain biking in the UK. Taking place in the Tweed Valley in the Scottish Borders — a world-renowned mountain-biking destination — is the Enduro World Series. It will bring together some of the best bikers in the world, shredding their way round incredibly tough trails.
You get the chance to participate too, as there will be daily ride-outs, and you can tackle some of the local hills yourself. On top of that, you can cheer on your favourites from the side of the trails, attend bike demos, watch kit displays and enjoy plenty of food and drink.
Stay over: Rooms at the Macdonald Cardrona Hotel in nearby Peebles start at £72pn, macdonaldhotels.co.uk.
Best for… petrol-heads: Rally driving in Castle Combe, Wiltshire
One for the wannabe Stigs out there, this is all about hurtling around a track at breakneck speed, first off in a front-wheel rally car so you can learn control before being let loose in a rear-wheel car to master sharp turns through tight corners. A full safety briefing will be given beforehand, covering car handling and all the technical aspects of rally driving — you may even be let in on the secrets of pace notes and what on earth a ‘Scandinavian flick’ is.
Once you’ve proved yourself worthy of taking the wheel, it’s time to swap seats with the instructor for a few laps at seat-gripping speed and take your own time trial.
Stay over: A 12th-century pub with rooms, the characterful Castle Inn at Castle Combe (pictured above) has rooms from £165pn, exclusive.co.uk.
From £175pp, castlecombecircuit.co.uk.
Best for… something unique: Fliteboarding, Dorset
What do you get if you cross surfing and an electric hydrofoil? Fliteboarding, aka the most Back To The Future adrenaline sport there is. A surfboard with an electric motor that flies above a hydrofoil wing, the Fliteboard uses innovative technology that allows riders to cruise seamlessly through open water at 30mph at the touch of a handheld remote control with virtual gears and a built-in GPS system.
Proving that not all eFoils are created equal, this one’s credentials are insane — winner of the Red Dot best of the best design award, it’s silent, emission-free, travels over 20 miles on one charge and can be picked up by anyone in half a day. Two-hour beginner’s group sessions start at £149pp at the centre in Portland.
Stay over: Hotel Aqua (above) has sea views. Rooms from £90pn, the-aqua-hotel.dorset-uk.info/en
Best for… water babies: The RuckRaft Retreat, Devon
The official description of this awesome adventure over land and water mentions that intrepid attendees should be self-supporting, robust and prepared — so it’s not for the faint-hearted. A three-day wild cross-country swimming, hiking and camping retreat, the water is used as part of the journey across a range of rocky, hilly land routes so reaching a river, lake or coastline is part of the fun — you just pack your gear into an inflatable raft/dry-bag (the aforementioned RuckRaft) and swim from A to B.
A proper back-to-basics romp out of a woodland camp near Dartmoor, each day involves 3km of hiking and 3km of swimming. Although it’s suited to strong swimmers and hardy hikers, it’s not done at pace, so it’s as much about your attitude as it is your ability.
Stay over: Set close to Dartmoor in the market town of Moretonhampstead, the White Hart Inn has rooms from £140pn, whitehartdartmoor.co.uk
From £244pp, including accommodation, food and loan of a RuckRaft, from October 1 to 3.
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