Our favourite UK charity adventures
Fundraising on home shores
A UK charity adventure might not appear as glamorous as one that heads off into some unknown wilderness on the other side of the world, but a UK charity adventure is certainly a more accessible way of experiencing a great challenge and in the process, raising funds for charity.
Inevitably the costs of such adventures are less, putting them within reach of everybody – without having to resort to months of arduous fundraising.
As a helping hand, the team at realbuzz.com have selected a few of our favourite adventures, many of which are offered by a number of charities, which are available in the UK.
UK triple-coast sailing challenge
An opportunity for sailing enthusiasts to do their bit by taking part in a week-long intensive journey – a point to point, 460 mile dash across exposed and challenging seas. The journey takes in three locations: Falmouth in England, Cork in the Republic of Ireland and Milford Haven in Wales – a grueling journey involving eight crew members.
Skydiving or parachuting
If you are a real adrenaline junkie, then this is for you. Jumps can be made either solo or in tandem (if you’re feeling a touch nervous) and follow a period of full instruction from a qualified instructor. Jumps will generally be from a height of around 10,000ft, and will involve freefalling at speeds of around 120mph.
Surely the shortest and probably scariest sponsored walk you will ever do. Instruction usually takes around two hours, and is held immediately prior to the fire walking itself. It is really a case of mind over matter and it is rare for anyone to complete the training and not walk the walk. As an alternative, some charities even offer a walking on broken glass challenge!
If you are a budding Ray Mears there are several adventures that put your survival skills to the test. Those involved are set tasks such as building a shelter or foraging for food and are given the chance to learn more bushcraft skills over the course of a long weekend. The challenges put you to the test to see if you can improvise using materials from your natural environment and take place in locations such as the Lake District.
The Three Peaks
The most popular walk offered by charities is the Three Peaks Challenge which takes in the highest peaks of Scotland (Ben Nevis), England (Scafell Pike) and Wales (Snowdon). Participants must do the challenge within 24 hours, and in total end up climbing more than 2,700 feet and walking 41km.
Fancy abseiling some of Britain's most majestic lighthouses? With the help of the Royal Marines, participants – either as individuals or in teams – are able to abseil down five lighthouse locations: Flamborough Head in Yorkshire; South Stack and Nash Point in Wales; Southwold in Suffolk and Portland Bill in Dorset – the tallest at 41m.
Land’s End to John O'Groats cycle ride
This is one of the classic charity rides, which sees participants covering almost 1,000 miles through some of Britain’s most unspoiled countryside. Generally, most start at Land's End on the southwesterly tip of England, and pedal through Cornwall, over Dartmoor and north along the Welsh border. The route then reaches the Lake District and ventures into Scotland, via the highlands, to the North Coast and finally John O'Groats.
Snowdon mountain challenge
Tackling Snowdon is certainly an achievable aim for those who are reasonably fit. Although, there may be the temptation to cheat and take the mountain railway. The peak provides great views of Snowdonia national park and North Wales generally, and is a great opportunity to take part in a charity adventure that attracts a real mix of individuals all ages and from all walks of life.
Loch Ness marathon, 10k and 5k Fun Run
Running inevitably features high on the list of events to get involved in for charity and this marathon route weaves through spectacular scenery and follows the shores of Loch Ness into Inverness. The Festival of Running weekend also incorporates the River Ness 10k and River Ness 5k Fun Run, so there's something to do for the whole family.
A relatively new phenomenon, river bugs are a cross between a white-water raft and an armchair. The river bugs keep you afloat and the extra thick padding turns colliding with rocks into a low-impact version of a dodgem – but on water! Virtually anybody can have a go for their chosen charity and no previous experience is required – professional instructors give all the training before you take to the water.