The UK is hardly renowned for its love of extreme sports.
If stereotypes are anything to go by, we’re all a bunch of tea-quaffing, queue-loving, dentist-avoiding fuddy-duddies, with upper lips that are stiffer than Nelson’s Column.
Take a quick gallop around Google, however, and you’ll soon realise that Dear Old Blighty is actually home to more adrenaline fuelled pursuits than you can shake a Union Jack teapot at.
As a result, an increasing number of holidaymakers are shunning the traditional British tourist traps in favour of a day pushing their adrenal glands to the limit.
But what are some of the most exhilarating experiences Great Britain has to offer?
Bungee Jumping in England
The first modern bungee jump was made by the Oxford University Dangerous Sports Club on April Fools’ Day in 1979 from Bristol’s 76m Clifton Suspension Bridge – but don’t try this stunt for yourself. ( Image by Sunderland RNLI )
Instead, check out the UK Bungee Club, who can point you and your elastic cord in the right direction, with a range of heart racing jumps available throughout the UK.
Canyoning in Scotland
Ever fancied descending a mountain gorge by jumping off cliffs, abseiling, sliding down natural water flumes and scrambling under waterfalls?
If so, canyoning is the adrenaline rush for you.
Typically, you’ll be given all the specialist gear to keep you safe – but you’ll need to make your own preparations for the often breathtaking temperatures of Scottish waters.
Segway Adventures in Wales
For those of you looking to get your thrills without the risk of hypothermia, Segway days are growing in popularity and offer a great way to experience the beautiful Welsh countryside.
But what’s so great about a Segway?
Most importantly, these two-wheeled, self-balancing vehicles, although battery powered, can reach speeds of up to 12.5mph, which is more than enough for the discerning adrenaline junkie.
Extreme Downhill Zorbing in Northern Ireland
Although it sounds like a pursuit from another planet, zorbing actually involves rolling downhill inside an orb, which is usually made from transparent plastic.
Much like a human hamster inside a washing machine, you can tumble down a steep slope alongside 10 gallons of water, which is guaranteed to get your pulse racing.
Rock Climbing on the Isle of Man
Touted as one of the world’s best extreme sports locations, the Isle of Man offers a veritable smorgasbord of pursuits for the adrenaline hungry holidaymaker. ( Image by anna n rob )
Fancy trying one of the best?
Head to the Manx coastline and check out The Chasms for some of the UK’s most challenging rock climbing, combined with breathtaking scenery.
Now it’s over to you …
Have you experienced an adrenaline rush during your time in the UK? What outdoor adventure should our readers taste before they leave the country? Let us know by leaving a comment below.
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