The UK is filled with amazing places to explore. From incredible mountains to mystical forests to dramatic coastline, this country is jam-packed with stunning destinations. With so much natural beauty around, people with an adventurous spirit will feel right at home wherever they go. Don’t think that you need to be made of money to travel to these places either.
With amazing accommodation options popping up across the land, not to mention the great range activities and free things to do (exploring nature is of course free!), going on adventures around the UK has never been easier.
If this has got your adventurous spirits running wild, you’re probably wondering where to start. Well, with the help of Peak Cottages, a leading provider of self-catering holiday cottages throughout the Peak District, we’ve put together a list of some of the best places in the UK for adventures. Perfect for all types of people and all budgets, these destinations highlight the best this country has to offer.
You can’t go wrong here as there are many things to do in the Peak District. Of course the obvious one is hiking as there are some stunning and ruggen landscapes in this National Park. The Peak District is also famous for its caves with its deepest running to 400m. People were still living in the caves as late as 1910. On top of hiking you can visit farms, wildlife parks, take a vintage tram and drink in the views on a cable car.
Known for its stunning views and dramatic landscapes, the Yorkshire Dales have become a firm favourite with people looking for adventure for years. The rugged countryside is a popular spot for lovers of the outdoors, with some of the UK’s best walking routes right here. While a lot of the hikes are easy, there are some that can be a bit daunting for first timers.
Luckily, there are plenty of guided tours on offer to help you explore this incredible region in the relative comfort of safety. There are also a fantastic range of accommodation options across the area, from holiday cottages to hostels to campsites, there is something for every budget.
When people say Dorset, their minds will almost certainly think of the Jurassic Coast, and rightly so. This incredible stretch of coastline is dripping in history and is just waiting to be explored. To get the best views of this area, take a walk along the South West Coast Path, which runs right along the Jurassic Coast.
Dorset is also a great place for adventure. Bouldering is one of the best activities you can try in this region. Start by scaling smaller rocks to get a fell of how to use the ropes. Once you feel proficient enough, then you can tackle the larger boulders and really test your ability.
Known for its staggering National Park and of course Mount Snowdon, Snowdonia is one of the most visited areas in the UK, and for good reason. Beautiful landscapes and incredible countryside are the main features of this region, the other being the adventures you can have.
There are a fantastic range of things to do in Snowdonia to get the adrenaline pumping. Packrafting is one. Packrafting involves trekking into the wilderness with a small stowable boat in your rucksack, allowing to reach places that are ordinarily too remote. Rock climbing is also another fantastic activity you can try along Snowdonia’s dramatic and beautiful coastline. Learn and to ascend and descend rock faces with the help of a guide.
The most remote destination on the list, the Scottish Highlands certainly has no shortage of places to explore and things to do. One of the most beautiful and unspoiled places in the country, this area has become famous for its stunning landscapes and a fantastic array of wildlife making it the
Whether you choose to stay inland or head to the coast there is a great range of activities to do. A pick is definitely sea kayaking. Some of the best views of the Scottish Highlands are to be had from the sea. Sea kayaking also brings you right up close to nature and allows you to explore uninhabited islands that litter this region.
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These destinations are just a small selection of the great range of incredible places that can be found across the UK. The UK really is an amazing place to have some of the best adventures possible, and there really is something for everyone, no matter what you’re looking from. All these places are in easy reach from major towns and cities, meaning you don’t have to spend a fortune getting there, ideal for all budgets.
What are you waiting for? Start exploring today!
Amar was born and raised in England and embarked on an 11-country round-the-world gap year after graduation and then became well and truly hooked. The first gap year inspired a second, which ended up being a 23-country down-the-world trip from Canada to Antarctica. Since then, Amar has spent the last 14 years traveling the 7 continents.