The much anticipated ‘Britain’s Biggest Adventures‘ with Bear Grylls is finally on our TV screens, we thought we’d take a look at the best adventures for you to get involved in around the UK.
Closest park: Kiln Park
Distance: 51 minutes (35 miles)
Ever fancied jumping from the cliffs into the deep sea below? Well now’s your chance thanks to Preseli Venture in Pembrokeshire, Wales. This truly thrilling adventure includes more than just that, you start off with some sea-level traversing, before rock climbing, jumping from the cliffs and finally enjoying swimming into the luscious caves nearby. Depending on the weather you could also try some rock scrambling and wave riding meaning no two times will be the same.
Via Ferrata Xtreme
Closest Park: Lakeland
Distance: 1hr 30 minutes (47.6 miles)
These ‘Xtreme’ adventures really are only for the very brave of you, walking across a thin piece of rope high in the air between the mountains in the Lake District. With edge exposure, vertical climbs, cliff edge ladders, plus a Burma Bridge & Cargo Net crossing Via Ferrata Xtreme really does have pretty much everything adrenaline junkies could ask for.
Closest Park: Thorpe Park
Distance: 40 mins (30.8 miles)
You can freefall for up to a minute from 15,000ft thanks to the UK’s highest sky dive ‘The 15k Experience‘ in Hibaldstow, North Lincolnshire. All you’ll need is a 20 minute instruction session and you’ll be ready for the tandem jump which is perfect for a one-off parachuting experience. And if you’re feeling generous you could even do a charity tandem skydive. There’s also a host of other options including Accelerated Freefall and Static Line parachuting, as well as an option for the more experienced skydivers.
Closest park (to Elvington Airfield): Primrose Valley
Distance: 56 mins (43.3 miles)
As Jeremy Clarkson would say, you’ll be able to choose from some of the best cars…in the world. This thrilling Virgin Experience Days adventure could see you driving any three of the Audi R8, Aston Martin, Ariel Atom, Lamborghini, Ferrari and more. Available at either the Elvington Airfield or the Leeds Raceway in Yorkshire, this is an unforgettable and jaw-dropping experience.
Closest Park: Greenacres
Distance: 1hr 5 mins (44.7 miles)
Enjoy 110 acres of private woodland at the Revolution Bike Park as you explore the foot of Snowdon National Park on two wheels – if you manage to not fall off that is! You’ll get over 4,500 metres of descent in a day from the muddy, fast flowing terrain to the technical, rooty and steep tracks in this incredible setting. Whether you’re a novice or pro this adventure is bound to be bundles of fun.
Closest Park: Seton Sands
Distance: Slightly longer 2hrs 45 mins (138 miles)
I’m sure you’ve all heard of rock climbing, but ice climbing may be a phenomenon you’ve yet to experience so make sure you don’t miss out. Ice Factor sits in the highland village of Kinlochleven with Ben Nevis to the north and offers the biggest ice climbing wall in the United Kingdom as well as being the only company to ever win consecutive Thistles Awards from Visit Scotland for Outstanding Customer Service.
Closest Park: Cardigan View
Distance: 41 mins (25.6 miles)
So far I’ve suggested falling from the sky, climbing up ice and cycling on a rough terrain, so now let’s thinking about heading underground into the mines and caves under Snowdonia. Fitted with a harness, helmet, lamp, wellington boots and safety equipment you can take on the thrilling ‘Go Below Challenge‘ encountering deep blue lakes, lofty caverns and ancient mining machinery lying abandoned below.