What could be more exhilarating than an adrenaline-fuelled activity that will get your heart racing? Embarking on an adventure in the great outdoors is a brilliant way to let yourself go, reconnect with nature and spend quality time with your loved ones. But with so much to do right across the UK, how do you choose a pursuit?
Below, we’ve rounded up 11 of the most extreme activities in the UK, and given them a special ‘fear factor’ rating, just in case you want to dip your toe in gradually!
Lovers of the UK coast will relish the chance to try coasteering. This extreme activity involves hopping, scrambling and jumping your way along coastal cliffs, with some daring cave exploring and swimming thrown in for good measure. Togged up in a wetsuit, helmet and buoyancy aid, you’re in safe hands, but those drops and jumps will certainly test your mettle! If you fancy giving coasteering a try, head to beautiful Pembrokeshire, where the nearest Haven parks are Kiln Park and Lydstep Beach.
Ever dreamed about soaring above a beautiful landscape like a graceful bird? Well, now you can, as zip-wiring is as close as you can get. You might even spot some amazing wildlife while you’re up in the air! On some zip-wire courses, you can even lie forward and soar across the sky like a superhero – a fantastic experience for the whole family. The Eden Project in Cornwall boasts the longest and fastest zip-wire in England, and it’s just 35 minutes from our Perran Sands park.
From gentle scrambles to challenging climbs, this extreme activity lets you set your own pace. The difficulty of your climb is up to you, but either way, you’ll need good concentration and a vice-like grip! The treasure at the top of your chosen terrain will be more than worth it: a wild landscape stretching out before you, and pure, fresh air in abundance. The Silverdale area of crags suited to a range of abilities, and is an easy drive from our Lakeland park.
If you want to immerse yourself in the great outdoors and feel your heart race, you’ll love canyoning. This adventurous pursuit is a great way to reconnect with your wild side – after all, you’ll be scaling naturally-sculpted rock and feeling the spray from spectacular waterfalls. Canyoning is similar to coasteering, but instead of climbing coastal cliffs, you’ll be descending steep-sided gorges in rugged, remote areas. Head to the wilds of Dartmoor, pull on your wetsuit and dive right in! If you’re staying at our Devon Cliffs park, you can even warm up on the sofa on your return.
Zorbing originated in New Zealand, but it’s soared in popularity here in the UK, too. And rolling down a hill (or even across water) in a transparent ball is more extreme than you might think! As the ball picks up speed and the world around you really starts spinning, we challenge you not to hoot with laughter and head back up the hill to do it all over again! Zorbing is offered in a whole variety of locations across Essex, where your nearest Haven park is The Orchards.
White water rafting
White water rafting is one of the most exhilarating experiences around, and there’s no need to be too apprehensive – you won’t be taken into water too rough for beginners. Simply sit back, keep a tight grip on your paddle and enjoy the ride of your life. It’s a great way to appreciate scenery you wouldn’t have access to on dry land, especially in the stunning Snowdonia National Park. If you’re eager to grab a paddle, your nearest Haven park is Greenacres.
This extreme activity isn’t for the faint hearted, but if you can muster up the courage to jump off that platform, you’ll have the thrill of a lifetime. Bungee jumping is also a great way to experience the outdoors from a new angle, as many centres base the activity over water. So, what are you waiting for? Take a deep breath and prepare to feel the wind in your hair. And if you do feel a little nauseous post-jump, you could always retire to one of your nearby Haven parks: Craig Tara and Seton Sands.
Saddle up and get that adrenaline pumping: quad biking takes in some of the most challenging terrain in the UK. Once you hop onto your bike you’ll find yourself splashing through puddles, tearing over bumps and negotiating tricky hills. It’s messy and muddy, but when you’re driving across a hilly, tree-lined track, you’ll barely notice the flying dirt! Quad biking is offered right across the rugged Yorkshire landscape, so if you need a place to stay, you have four Haven parks to choose from!
If confined spaces make your skin crawl, we wouldn’t recommend embarking on a subterranean adventure. But if caves are your cup of tea, pull on some overalls and head straight in. Guided by local experts, caving expeditions offer a glimpse into the deep you may have otherwise only seen on TV. At some points you might have to crawl, or even paddle, but one thing’s for sure: there’ll be thrills-a-plenty. Cheddar Gorge is a caver’s paradise, and is just a short drive from our Burnham-on-Sea park.
There’s no need to attempt to scale a mountain on two wheels – mountain biking is the perfect adrenaline sport for the UK’s forests. With challenging trails waiting to put your skills to the test, it’s a great way to encourage your family’s competitive spirit. Put pedal to the metal (or, indeed, pine needles!) and take in the stunning views on two wheels. Kielder Forest is a mountain biking hotspot – why not bed down at our Berwick park if you’re thinking of visiting?
Swimming in the great outdoors is exciting, but extreme? Once you experience the chilly temperatures, you’ll discover just how exhilarating it can be! Wild swimming in safe, approved rivers and lakes will help the whole family get back to nature, while bodies of water on mountain trails offer an icier experience! Wherever you choose to paddle, make sure you have a fluffy towel and delicious picnic close by! We guarantee you’ll want to linger and take in the wonderful Sussex landscape, where you have two nearby Haven parks to choose from: Church Farm and Combe Haven.