Eight thrilling activities you may not have tried


With wild camping, open water swimming, and paddleboarding now – dare I say it – a bit overwhelmed, here are some thrill-seeking activities you may not have tried yet but really should try!


What is that? Half wild swim, half hike, this is the one for you if you want to extend your open water forays into one-day or even multi-day adventures.

A ruckraft is a small but sturdy U-shaped inflatable raft, on which you can hang a dry bag containing all your gear, from your hiking boots and stove to your tent or bivouac. Simply attach the leash to your waist and swim, then return to dry land when you’re ready to walk, sleep, or eat!

Where to try it: Ruckrafting, or packrafting, as it is also known, is gaining popularity in places like the Lake District, with its 16 lakes and numerous coves and islands. Devon is also a good place, due to its stunning views, good water quality and sandy beaches.


What is that? Also known as a paramotor, it is a powered flight with a wing and a small engine called a powered paraglider, or PPG, which is worn like a backpack and gives enough thrust to take off, take flight. ‘altitude and maintain flight.

Classified as an ultralight aircraft launched on foot in many countries, paramotor is a self-regulated sport with no formal pilot’s license or flight hour requirement. Most students complete the training within 10 days.

Where to try it: There are a number of flight schools in UK where you can experience tandem flight and learn paramotor. Once your training is complete, the world is yours! See parajet.com to find a school near you.

Gravel bike

What is that? With mountain biking gaining popularity during lockdown and after Team GB’s very first MTB medal in Tokyo, in the form of Tom Pidcock’s cross country gold, gravel biking adds another level. Also called gravel grinding, this is a mix of mountain biking and road biking, mostly looking for unpaved paths, forest trails, and gravel tracks.

You’ll need to upgrade your road bike to a drop bar version designed to suit a range of terrains and give you better off-road control, then a whole new world of exhilarating routes, fewer vehicles (and less vehicles). people!) and beautiful landscapes will open up. You can even try bikepacking along Britain’s wilderness trails to extend your adventures – but don’t forget bike insurance!

Where to try it: Head to the hidden gem of South Scotland, where the Scotland starts here countryside opens the eyes of tourists to the beauty of the border region. More to the south, Bike Park Wales offers a diverse range of trails for beginners and professionals alike, and even offers a vehicle lift service to take you and your bike to the top of the trails.


What is that? The slackline consists of balancing on a line of webbing, between two and five centimeters wide, between two fixed points, usually trees. As the name suggests, the line is looser than a tightrope and acts dynamically, requiring control and focus. Slacklining is an independent sport with a number of disciplines, and is also used by athletes as a balance training aid.

Where to try it: In your garden, to start! Slacklining is basically an activity that you can try anywhere, as long as you pay attention to others around you. But many “lazy” like the social aspect of join a slackline club, as well as learn and share tips and techniques with others.

Via ferrata

What is that? Translating as “railway”, the via ferrata consists of crossing cliffs and steep mountain sides using metal rungs, ladders, cables and rope bridges permanently attached to the rock face or overlooking a gorge.

More difficult than a mountain hike but not as technical as climbing, the via ferrata is physical but fun and guarantees spectacular bird’s-eye views! Participants wear a climbing harness attached to a safety line at all times, which means that if you slip you won’t get far.

Where to try it: Traditionally popular in the Alps, especially the Dolomites, the UK’s first via ferrata was established at Honister Slate Mine in the Lake District. A number of courses are now open in England, Scotland and Wales.

Sea kayaking… with dogs!

sea ​​kayaking with a dog
Image source: TYFAventure

What is that? If you can’t stand leaving your four-legged friend behind when you go on an adventure, this is for you! Dog Days Adventures was started by cabotage pioneers Tyf after the coronavirus pandemic allowed the team to breathe new ideas.

Triggered by the coastal adventures of a colleague Jack Russell, Tyf began welcoming dogs on kayaking and paddleboarding outings. The fun clearly depends on your dog’s individual temperament, but if he enjoys being in and around water it could cause splashing! You might also want to read our guide to safe dog walking if your pooch prefers to keep their paws dry.

Where to try it: Tyf is based in St David’s and organizes coasting, kayaking, SUP, climbing and surfing activities along the Pembrokeshire coast.

Snorkeling at sea

What is that? If you are already a good open water swimmer, snorkeling is a fantastic way to get closer to nature. The UK coast is home to an incredible variety of marine mammals including seals, basking sharks and even seahorses, as well as vibrant aquatic plants. While in theory all you need to get started is a mask and snorkel, it’s a good idea to take some lessons in order to fully understand maritime law, water safety, and how to breathe effectively. The British Underwater Club is a good place to find out more.

Where to try it: The Isles of Scilly are a wonderful place to snorkel with seals, seeing these beautiful creatures in their natural habitat. For basking sharks, head to Oban on the west coast of Scotland or the warm waters of Cornwall. One of the few places in the UK to spot seahorses is Studland Bay in Dorset – but please read these guidelines for divers from the Seahorse Trust before leaving.

Live action games

What is that? Every parent knows how difficult it can be to get teens outside, but what if you could combine the fresh air with their favorite video games? A unique experience at Grafham Water in Cambridgeshire blends games like Fortnite and Call of Duty with real life adventure.

Much like a giant outdoor laser quest, the game is based on players scouring the landscape for utility boxes with extra ammo, spawns, and special weapon upgrades to take out the other team! And, as the challenge takes place in a beautiful eight-acre woodland, you can try out the biking trails and water sports while you’re at it, as well as sleeping under the stars at the campsite.

Where to try it: Rumble Live Action Games, Huntingdon.

Remember that if you are using specialized equipment for your adventures, you will need the right insurance both at home and outside. A kit stored at home or in a shed can often be included in your home insurance, but you will need to tell us about individual valuables.

For personal gear, including cameras, GPS, and smartphones, gadget insurance can be a wise investment for adrenaline junkies! And whether your outdoor experiences are in the UK or abroad, the right travel insurance will cover you and your family in the event of injury or illness.

Read the wording of the policy to check if the activity you want to try is covered as standard or if there is an additional charge. If in doubt, contact us to discuss what we cover.

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With over 20 years of journalism and public relations experience, I have worked with the BBC, ITV, Trinity Mirror, Metro, MSN and many other leading media outlets as well as a range of third party clients. industry and companies, including Macmillan Cancer Support, Visit the Vale and the NHS. A number of my short stories have been published in anthologies and I have written three collections of walking trails in South Wales. Always happier in the outdoors, I am an Ordnance Survey Get Outside champion and blog about my hiking and camping adventures at www.girlonthetrail.co.uk. I have two teenage boys and a rescue greyhound called Lionel, who to my shame may be the worst hiking dog in the world (teenagers aren’t much better).

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