Escape the Nine to Five: Ten Adventures in the UK
Alastair B
July 30, 2018

We’ve teamed up with our friends over at Much Better Adventures to bring you some of our favourite UK-based adventures. Read on for inspiration - all you’ll need is the Liquid app, a sturdy overnight bag, and a sense of adventure.

Britain – land of tea, fish and chips, Shakespeare, haggis, and the only country in the world that doesn’t have its name on its postage stamps (we have literally been waiting forever to drop that one into conversation).

As well as never being further than 75 miles from the sea, when it comes to weekends away, Britain really does have something for everyone – from the highlands of Scotland, to the lovely Jurassic coast and the extraordinary landscape of Snowdonia.

So whether you’re looking for big views, action, or relaxation, here are ten awesome adventures right here in the UK, with no long queues at passport control or angry looks caused by the size of your shampoo bottle.

1) Yorkshire 3 Peaks Challenge

Conquer the three highest mountains in Yorkshire – Pen-Y-Ghent (694 metres), Whernside (736 metres) and Ingleborough (723 metres) in a single day. Hike against the clock as you tackle 39km of trails across the Yorkshire Dales National Park, crossing through some of the most rugged and beautiful scenery Britain has to offer.

When to go: June to September – Great weather, but be prepared for anything.

Don’t miss: The first glimpse of Ribblehead Viaduct, built by the Victorians at the cost of a hundred lives.

Check it out at Much Better Adventures.

2) Cliff Camping on the North Wales Coast

Bunk down on a portable ledge suspended over the rugged cliffs of Rhoscolyn and enjoy one of the most unusual nights sleep you’ll ever have as the waves crash below you.

When to go: For the best chance of a beautiful sunset, go in late spring or early summer.

Don’t miss: Watching the light from the North Stack lighthouse illuminate your bizarre and wonderful room for the night.

Check it out at Much Better Adventures.

3) Rafting, Canyoning and Whisky Tasting in the Scottish Highlands

Test your mind, body and taste buds on an adventure weekend in the Scottish highlands. You’ll raft the Findhorn, Scotland’s fastest flowing river, navigate the intense Randolph’s Leap, paddle tranquil areas where you can enjoy the scenery, and take an expert walk through a choice of 150 Scotch whiskies in the evening.

When to go: July to October – Cool evenings alongside a warming dram.

Don’t miss: The 45-foot abseil down a corkscrew waterfall.

Check it out at Much Better Adventures.

4) Cycle the South Downs Way in Two Days

Starting in Winchester, you’ll ride one of Britain’s most challenging cycle routes - 155 kilometres of chalk hills, hazel woods, tracks, fields and farmland, visiting beauty spots like Truleigh Hill and the Firle Beacon, and ending by the lovely beaches of Eastbourne.

When to go: July – gentle skies and warm, summer days.

Don’t miss: The quintessentially British view from The Devil’s Dyke.

Check it out at Much Better Adventures.

5) Canoe Coast to Coast across Scotland

Navigate Scotland’s Great Glen, home to four Lochs - Linnhe, Lochy, Oich and of course Loch Ness. Over five days you’ll follow the 100 km long Caledonian Canal from Fort William in the West, to Inverness in the East staying at remote campsites and exploring wooded bays.

When to go: July to September – Clear, sunny and impossibly lovely

Don’t miss: Paddling past the ruins of Urqhuart Castle on Loch Ness.

Check it out at Much Better Adventures.

6) Hike and Wild Camp in the Lake District

Disconnect completely as you explore the Lake District National Park - 2,362 square kilometres of protected, picture perfect wilderness. You’ll hike up fells, climb into the mountains and camp beneath the stars, before heading deep into the remote Lakelands.

When to go: August to September – British summer days in one of its most iconic landscapes.

Don’t miss: The sun setting over Scafell Pike, the highest mountain in England.

Check it out at Much Better Adventures.

7) Kayak, Wild Camp and Forage Along the Jurassic Coast

Paddle from Wareham Quay to Studland Beach, exploring the islands, creeks and pirate coves of Dorset’s Jurassic Coast. You’ll camp on the shoreline, swim, snorkel and fish, then forage for ingredients that your bushcraft instructor will use to cook up a wild feast in the evening.

When to go: July to September – Warm days on calm water.

Don’t miss: Old Harry Rocks – Three chalk stacks sat in a deep, blue sea.

Check it out at Much Better Adventures.

8) Snowdon Challenge

Cycle 17km through the heart of the Snowdonia National Park and then climb to the top of Mount Snowdon itself. From the 1085 metre summit you’ll descend the gentler Llanberis Path, before kayaking out onto Llyn Padarn, a glacial lake fed by the mountain you just conquered.

When to go: Spring or summer when the skies are blue and the views are epic.

Don’t miss: The view from Mount Snowdon – on a good day you can see all the way to Ireland!

Check it out at Much Better Adventures.

9) Isle of Skye Adventure Photography Workshop

Learn from award winning photographers as you capture the wild and rugged landscape of the Isle of Skye. You’ll hike back routes across the island to visit waterfalls, castles, and its famously mist covered hills and then photograph local landmarks like the crumbling, coastal monolith of the Old Man of Storr.

When to go: Anytime between August and November – the colours seem to change by the second.

Don’t miss: The unforgettable scenery of the Quiraing.

Check it out at Much Better Adventures.

10) Cycle Coast to Coast Across Yorkshire

Cross the width of Britain on a cycle ride that takes in three, very different National Parks. Starting in the Cumbrian coastal village of St Bees you’ll cycle through the Lake District and across the Yorkshire Dales, finishing in the lovely fishing town of Robins Hood’s Bay on the edge of the North Yorks Moors.

When to go: June to October – clear views that are worth the effort.

Don’t miss: The last descent into Robin Hoods Bay knowing there’s a drink waiting at the end.

Check it out at Much Better Adventures.

Or you could just stay in the pub. However if its adventure you’re after, visit our friends over at Much Better Adventures, home to hundreds of adventures across every corner of the globe.

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