Extreme Outdoor Activities in the UK
The UK is filled to the brim with striking scenery and picturesque landscapes, making it ideal for extreme sports and outdoor adventures.
Whether it’s Coasteering on the Causeway or Ziplining in Snowdonia, we’ve put together a few suggestions for you to get your adrenaline kicks with these outdoor excursions to try on your next trip away in the UK.
White Water Rafting – Perthshire, Scotland
White Water Rafting is a fun, fast activity that can be suitable for the whole family, with the River Tay easing you into it with a low-stress mild stretch of quiet water - perfect for beginners or those with younger adventurers. For the thrill-seekers, take on the River Tummel challenge and prepare yourself for the two white-knuckle rapids named Zoom Flume and the stomach-churning, aptly named, Washing Machine. Book a range of activities with The Rafting Company.
Stay at: Balbirnie Park Club Campsite
Ziplining in North Wales
Home to the fastest zipline in the world and the longest in Europe, Penrhyn Quarry on the edge of Snowdonia National Park is unlike any other average zipline you’ve ever been on before. Named Velocity 2, Zipworld will have you soaring like a bird, as you zoom head first, for over a mile, 500 metres above the bright blue quarry. Afterwards you can learn all about the history of the quarry on the Penrhyn Quarry tour.
Stay at: Penrhos Club Campsite
Coasteering on the Causeway, Northern Ireland
Coasteering is an incredibly fun and full-on way to explore the rugged stretch of coastline, through the combination of swimming, climbing, cliff jumping, clambering and possibly some belly-flopping! It gives you the opportunity to experience normally inaccessible hidden coves and secret coastal caves of the magical Giants Causeway in Northern Ireland. Get in touch with Causeway Coasteering to find out more.
Stay at: Drumaheglis Marina and Caravan Park
Canyoning in the Lake District
Similar to gorge-scrambling, but with even higher intensity, canyoning is definitely not for the faint-hearted. Combining hiking, rock-climbing and abseiling, you tend to start at the top of the steepest section of a gorge and abseil down through steep waterfalls and lots of water! Test your nerves with the big leaps from dizzy heights into deep pools. Get in touch with Keswick Adventures and see what other activities they have to offer.
Stay at: Coniston Park Coppice Club Campsite
Paragliding off the cliffs at Newhaven
Paragliding is an extreme sport that has been around for decades. It’s an air sport where you use naturally occurring currents of rising air to soar above the ground for long distances. The right conditions are absolutely essential to good gliding, as well as picturesque scenery and a good GoPro! The location itself offers stunning views of the English Channel and the white cliffs that run all the way back to Brighton. Book a Paragliding experience with Mile High Paragliding.
Stay at: Brighton Club Campsite
Bungee Jumping in Bray Lake
The gorgeous setting of Bray Lake in Windsor is home to UK Bungee, which boasts the tallest Bungee Jump in the UK with a stomach-churning 300ft high drop, situated within the Berkshire countryside. This type of activity attracts the extreme adrenaline junkies with the single, tandem, front and back jumps and the popular Catapult.
Stay at: Henley Four Oaks Club Campsite