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Discover great outdoor activity ideas and detailed routes to follow around the UK for all types of adventurers.
Pen-y-ghent is the perfect hill with which to give young children a taste of an outdoor challenge. The circular walk to the summit from Horton-in-Ribblesdale is under six miles – perfect for little legs or when the days are short and time is squeezed.
A circular walk to Bryn Euryn where you'll climb through woodland and discover the impressions in the grass of an Iron Age hill fort and bag a trig pillar.
A walk from Grasmere up to the High Raise summit and trig pillar, the highest point in the Central Fells with commanding views of the whole Lake District.
Along this stretch of the North Devon coast the skies are vast, the seascape is panoramic and the sunsets can be epic. And Baggy Point – the mid-point of this circular walk – is most definitely a top-notch sunset viewing spot.
Derwent Water is one of the most picturesque areas of the Lake District, but at the time I went I had to carefully plan a route to avoid recent flood damage.
Northumberland is a special place with a variety of landscapes from beautiful beaches to mountainous regions such as the Cheviots. It has it all. For anyone visiting the area, Alnwick makes a great base. It's well known for its castle and stunning gardens which are not only steeped in history and heritage but are also famous for many appearances in the Harry Potter films. There's definitely a sense of magic here.
For me a proper outdoor adventure always involves a tent or bivvy bag. See, I’m a wild camping addict – from mountain summits to hidden caves, under boulders or snuggled in bothies – I like to take my sleeping bag and head to the wildest places I can find. And it doesn’t come much wilder than Knoydart. Located between the two lochs of Nevis and Hourn is this peninsula, a jutting mountainous cluster of contour lines stretching into the sea. Sure it has a road. Just the one – 11km of tarmac that sits alone, not connected to rest of UK road network. And at the end of that road, sits the most remote pub in Britain called The Old Forge (www.theoldforge.co.uk). For this walk the main question is: How far would you walk for a pint? Because to enjoy that first sip of a post-walk ale is quite an adventure. You’ll need to start first in Mallaig where you’ll jump on a boat to drop you at Barrisdale Bay. From there it’s a long walk to the pub – and the campsite on Long Beach – but one you’ll never forget…
This circular coastal walk includes wild, expansive moorland steep-sided wooded valleys and a rugged coastline with high cliffs, hidden coves and secluded beaches.
I really like going for muddy trail runs with the dog (much better than pounding the pavement), and like discovering new outdoor areas. Add a treasure-hunt style challenge and voilà, you’re orienteering. You don’t need any technical kit, it’s very affordable and there are events held most weekends in rural and urban areas, as well as dozens of fixed courses in forests and parks across Britain that are FREE. It’s one of the most fun ways to get outside for a few hours.
Night navigation across open moorland can be enormous fun and very rewarding, but it is not something to be undertaken lightly. You should be confident with your navigation skills in daylight before heading out.
Cycle, walk, scramble, run on Crowden Clough: a perfect family adventure