For such a tiny group of islands, the United Kingdom has some of the most interesting and diverse landscapes in the world: from mountains that brush the sky to deep, shimmering lakes, from wide-open moorland to dramatic, chalky sea cliffs, there really is something for every type of adventurer. Whether you’re looking for a small, calm micro-adventure or something a bit more high-octane, the UK has it all.
One of the outdoor capitals of the world, Scotland is full to the brim with potential for a huge variety of different, exciting activities. Home to the highest peak in the whole of the British Isles, thousands of lochs to sail or paddle, opportunities for trad climbing, sport climbing and bouldering and endless snaking roads that make cycling the whole country accessible, Scotland is a bucket list location for outdoor lovers worldwide.
North East England
Dramatic coastlines, miles of beaches and acres of unspoiled wild land cover the North East of England, with highlights including Northumberland and the North York Moors. Mountain bike through the beautiful Kielder Forest, sea kayak around Holy Island or wander the miles of footpaths and bridleways that traverse this wide-open landscape.
North West England
Deep, glittering lakes shielded by towering mountains: a familiar landscape of the Lake District, the jewel of the North West’s crown. This area boasts mile upon mile of stunning countryside, snaking rivers to paddle along, mountains to summit and lakes to wild swim in. The North West is a haven for all things outdoorsy.
The Midlands is home to some of the best outdoor locations in the country. The Peak District in the East, the Welsh border to the West and endless miles of walking routes, bridleways and rivers in between make this an unmissable location for adventure lovers everywhere. Climb the rugged cliff faces of Stanage Edge, trot over the far-reaching moorlands on horseback or wander the miles of snaking canals in this gorgeous area.
South East England
With some of the finest coastlines and cliff-top walks in the entire country, the South East of England is a treat for anyone. The dramatic, chalk cliffs of the South coast also perfectly contrast with the flat, marshy waterways of the East, perfect for paddling, wandering, running or cycling along.
South West England
With some of the best weather in the whole of the UK and miles of crystalline coastal waters, it isn’t hard to see why the South West of England is such a surfer’s paradise. If watersports aren’t for you, the South West is also covered in bridleways and footpaths that meander through the moorlands of Exmoor and Dartmoor, perfect for running, walking and cycling your way through this beautiful, hugely popular area.
An area steeped in history and folklore, Wales is also famous for its stunning national parks. Snowdonia’s mountains and lakes, the rolling hills of the Brecon Beacons and the stunning coastal landscapes of the Pembrokeshire Coast combine to create a small but beautiful country filled with so many opportunities for adventures, both big and small.