The best adrenaline sports in the UK
A guide to adrenaline sports in Britain
More and more frequently, people are choosing to spend their hard-earned cash pitting their wits against Mother Nature and physics in a battle that sees them going to extreme lengths to achieve the kind of head rush that only the rawest scenery and roughest terrains can satisfy.
Not to mention the health benefits ... not only do you get the immense thrill of a white-knuckle ride, but it also helps you keep fit and active. See, staying healthy isn’t all about counting calories and watching your weight.
So, here’s our guide to some of the best adventure sports around ...
This is hiking with a difference — forget gentle gradients up moderate foothills: Via Ferrata is a hybrid of activities forced together to form this now popular rural activity. Walkers are challenged to move from peak to peak by way of a network of cables and stemples, ladders and bridges, gradually thrusting upwards towards the summit. This is more than a walk in the park; this is more than a run around the mountains; this is adrenaline sport in raw form.
One of the best places for via ferrata in the UK is Honister in the Lake District. Here you will be taken on a tour of the old slate mines which once thrived within the Cumbrian mountains. Via Ferrata, or the ‘Iron Way’, was how the miners travelled to work each day, and you can follow in their footsteps as you clamber across the rock face, and sail down zip lines on your journey upwards. Some of the views you will witness are simply breathtaking, and will leave you wanting to be a part of more of the UK’s beautiful landscapes.
Don’t worry; you don’t have to be super-fit for via ferrata, as the course has been designed for all ages and abilities, but this rocky adventure and the mountain air will certainly do you the world of good. Tickets cost £35 for adults, and £25 for children. Call 017687 77714 for more details.
Base jumping, with the correct equipment, and adequate training, can be done potentially anywhere. There is however, a calendar of events when BASE enthusiasts congregate for mass jumps; and these are certainly a spectacle to be seen.
We cannot stress enough though, that BASE jumping is not to be taken lightly — jumpers have received extensive safety and fitness training before their first leap.
The UK has the largest indoor ice wall in the world at Kinlockleven, Scotland. Both beginners and seasoned professionals will find fresh challenges here in the artificial snow; and experts are on hand to guide you from the ground to the summit. Training courses start from £48pp for two and a half hours on the ice. Courses take place on Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays from 2:45 to 5:15pm. Be sure to book in advance as the courses are quite popular. Call 01855 831100 for more details.
Depending on how experienced you are, there are a number of spots to drift dive in the UK. For beginners (although some training will be required), try King West Rock off Brighton, where the current is relatively gentle, and will carry you carefully along the south coast of England. For the more accomplished diver, the Orestone, a reef off Teignmouth will give you a few more knots for your money. Dives cost from around £20.
Sled dog rally
First of all, you will need a set of trained dogs, and then all of your other supplies i.e. food, warm clothing etc. Rallies take place in a number of forests around the UK, and are organised events. Beginners needn’t fret as there are courses advertised around the country to get you and your dogs up and running. This is a great day out for all the family.
So, instead of spending your free time at home this year, why not travel to one of the many beautiful destinations the UK has to offer, and get active. Mix up your exercise plan with a shot of adrenaline, and you will feel the benefit and the thrill immediately.
Whether you fancy taking part in an adrenaline sports event at home or abroad, take a look at our charity adrenaline sport listings to find an event to give you your thrills.