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16 Adventure Activities, Not For The Faint at Heart!

Bored of museums? Had enough of the local park? We’ve chased down 16 unbeatable summer adventure activities. Get in touch on Facebook or Twitter if you reckon we’ve missed anything!

1. Canyoning: Nae Limits, Scotland

If you’re the kind of person who looks at an area of outstanding natural beauty and thinks ‘I could climb that’, then canyoning is definitely for you. Join forces with Nae Limits and they’ll take you to the magnificent Falls of Bruar for a massive day of rock jumping, waterfall abseiling and water slides (not the plastic kind). Experienced canyoners should ask about Extreme Canyoning.

Nearest train station: depends on location.

2. Flyboard: WetJets, nationwide

WetJets supply these awesome adrenaline devices to destinations all over the UK. They also teach you how to fly them, with bespoke WetJet experiences. Learn to launch, control and land the world’s maddest machine - an Iron Man-style jetboard powered by water and compressed air. You’ll rocket out of the water at pant-wetting speed, before hurtling around in mid-air like the Silver Surfer. Ready, set, fly!

Nearest train station: depends on location.

3. SWAT Training: Ultimate Activity Company, The Midlands

Fed up of standard paintball? Supercharge your simulated combat with a SWAT Training day. This realistic experience involves learning genuine Special Forces tactics and taking down a terrorist cell, or freeing a hostage from a ‘kill house’. You’ll emerge battered, bruised and feeling like a genuine badass. Kit includes assault rifles and pump action shotguns.

Nearest train station: depends on location.

4. Extreme Archery: Extreme Adventure, nationwide

Ever wondered what you’d get if you crossed clay pigeon shooting with archery? The inspired folk at Extreme Adventure have done just that, and the result is a ton of fun. Firing in groups, you’ll compete to take out foam archery targets as they zip across the sky. Tricky, exhilarating and utterly awesome.

Nearest train station: depends on location.

5. Wenlock Edge Cliff Jump, nr Much Wenlock, Shropshire

If run-of-the-mill adventure activities just don’t do it for you anymore, it’s time to take the next step. Into space. Off the edge of a massive cliff. That’s right, folks - for the terminally adventure-curious, the good people at Wenlock Edge are offering you the chance to jump attached to 60 metres of zip wire. Prepare to feel like a bird of prey…

Nearest train station: Telford.

6. Fire Walking: Extreme Element, Taunton, Somerset

Master your pain threshold with this epic fakir’s course. An expert tutor will reveal the tricks behind fire walks and broken glass walks, before letting you loose on a path covered in burning coal. Temperatures reach 1,200 degrees Fahrenheit, and you won’t feel a thing. Well, you might, but if you do it’s probably best not to say. This activity is held after dark for maximum effect.

Nearest train station: Taunton.

7. The Giant Swing: Adrenalin Quarry, Cornwall

Swap the bucolic charms of Cornwall for some out-and-out thrills as you strap into the terrifying Giant Swing. This fiendish device is exactly what it sounds like - a swing so huge it could be used by the BFG. The swing drops you off an enormous cliff, then lazily switches you to and fro 160ft above a lake. Just looking at photos of it will make you feel ill…

Nearest train station: Liskeard.

8. Zorbing: Go Zorbing, London

Climb inside a huge inflatable hamster ball and roll to the bottom of a purpose-built track in this mad-as-badgers offering from Go Zorbing. Originally a New Zealand-based adrenaline sport, Zorbing is now all the rage in the UK thanks to massive interest from stags, hens and companies looking for a different kind of away day. You will literally fall head over heels.

Nearest train station: Whyteleafe South.

9. Paragliding: Active Edge, Yorkshire Dales

There’s nothing like the sensation of unpowered flight. Learn to soar high above the most dramatic countryside in England with a five day training package courtesy of Active Edge. You’ll get to know your sail, learn how to make checks before flying and master takeoff and landing. If you haven’t got time for the full course, book a Funday and you can fly solo for a couple of minutes at the end of the afternoon.

Nearest train station: Harrogate

10. Ghyll Scrambling, The Lake District

A ghyll is one of those beautiful, clear mountain streams you see tumbling over the edge of picturesque Lake District views. Then you get closer and realise it’s actually a maddened torrent, complete with waterfalls, whirlpools and huge slippery boulders. Kit yourself out in wetsuits, waders, helmets and harnesses and scramble to the top, fighting Mother Nature every step of the way. The vistas are awesome, and you’ll access places you just can’t get to by normal means.

Nearest train station: Windermere or Kendal .

11. Underground Extreme Adventure: Go Below, Conwy Falls, Wales

Set aside a full day for the Ultimate Xtreme adventure at Go Below, and you won’t be disappointed. A massive complex of abandoned mines hosts what the Sunday Times called ‘the scariest assault course in the UK’. Nine different subterranean zip lines, including the longest and deepest, await - plus high traverses, an underground freefall and a cliff wall path. Oh, and there’s no electricity - just helmets and torches. Yikes.

Nearest train station: Betws-y-Coed .

12. Bear Grylls Survival Academy, nationwide

Take on the toughest survival courses in Britain, courtesy of the one and only Bear Grylls. If you want to learn how to live without mobiles, electricity or basically anything other than your wits, you’ll love carving out a niche for yourself in the UK’s most dramatic locations! From Cornwall to the Brecon Beacons, from the Scottish Highlands to the hills of Surrey, there’s a course for every taste. Pick from family courses, adult courses and kids’ courses.

Nearest train station: depends on location.

13. Cheddar Gorge Rock Climbing: Cheddar Gorge X-Treme, Cheddar

Britain’s biggest gorge isn’t just a tourist spot, you know… Buckle up and challenge a respectable 50ft buttress at this spectacular scenic retreat, and you’ll be rewarded with a huge surge of adrenaline and some of the finest views in the West Country. Wear loose trousers and tops, and make sure you’re sporting trainers or boots suitable for climbing.

Nearest train station: Worle.

14. Pier to Beach Zip Wire: RockReef, Bournemouth

Combine classic tourist attraction with heart-in-the-mouth adventure ride, and you get the Pier to beach Zip Wire. The first of its kind in the world, this crazy zip line starts off at the end of Bournemouth’s historic Pier, and shoots you beach-wards at breakneck speeds. Fly over the surf to terra firma, squealing like a huge child. Brilliant.

Nearest train station: Bournemouth.

15. Tree Swinging: Beamish Wild, Beamish Hall, Stanley, Co Durham

Are you older than 10? Are you taller than four and a half feet? Then you’re eligible to swing from the canopy at Beamish Wild! Monkey about on the treetop assault course, which features rope bridges, tyre swings and no fewer than four zip lines. There’s even a Powerfan freefall at the end.

Nearest train station: Chester-le-Street

16. Stonehenge ATV, Salisbury, Wiltshire

Britain’s most mystical and beautiful location gets a thorough thrashing from powerful off-road vehicles courtesy of Stonehenge ATV. Come and join in the fun on Wiltshire’s tracks and byways, as you power over Salisbury Plain, charge through the Long Barrow and even visit the legendary stones. Epic.

Nearest train station: Salisbury.

Looking for more recommendations for great days out around the UK? Take a look at our blog.

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