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Do you have an adventurous spirit? Or would like to go searching for one? The UK is a great destination for a variety of challenging and fun activities. Let YHA help you find your next unforgettable getaway with our helpful guide to adventure activities in the UK.

Sky high

First on our ‘adventure activities in the UK’ list is Sky high. Get yourself to Cumbria’s Via Ferrata adventure. It’s a series of steel ladders and bridges that have been drilled into the rockface. The route follows that of Victorian miners, leading you to the summit of Fleetwith Pike. There are two options to choose from. Regular and ‘Xtreme’.  They aim to challenge and inspire in different ways. The first one is suitable to everyone over the age of 10.  The latter requires a brave attitude. Whichever adventure you choose, expect it to last for around 3 hours. For a comfortable stay in the local area, check out a host of affordable options from YHA.

Closest YHA hostel: YHA Keswick

Ride the waves

Did you know you can surf without leaving the UK? Take a trip to North Yorkshire for the opportunity to try out surfing. The vibe is friendly, even when the water gets busy, and it’s a great place to try out the activity and see if it’s for you. Staff at the Saltburn Surf School will be able to help with all beginner training, as well as kit so you don’t have to worry about anything but getting up on the board.

Closest YHA hostel: YHA Whitby

Up in the air

Have you ever wondered what it feels like to fly? Well, you can find out by traveling to Surrey and giving paragliding a go. No skills or experience are required if you book in for a tandem flight, letting a highly experienced instructor direct you through the open skies. Duration of a flight is always determined by weather conditions with safety being the main priority and on good days you’ll soar to 500ft above the Surrey countryside with green rolling hills beneath your feet. 

Closest YHA hostel: YHA Tanners Hatch Surrey Hills

Find your food

Wild Food UK wants you to forget about all that and go on a food adventure. Foraging for varying tasty morsels so you can re-discover what it means to eat real food. The courses, available across multiple locations across the UK, are suitable for all ages (under 12s go free!), aiming to help identify edible shoots, flowers, mushrooms and more. At the end, the items you gather are cooked into a delicious meal to finish off the educational and entertaining course. It’s a really great way to learn and eat something new!

Closest YHA hostel: YHA Kington

If you’re trying to look for adventure activities in the UK for the little ones, read our ‘The UK’s best adventure playgrounds’ article for a little inspiration.

Written by Ruby Higton

Here is Ruby and she is a digital marketer at YHA. She looks after all things social media, as well as content writing for and SEO. Her favourite YHA is YHA Perranporth.

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