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Get off that sofa! It’s time to venture into the wild

You don’t have to be an adrenaline junkie to have a mini-adventure, there are thrills to be had right on your very own doorstep. Adventurer Alastair Humphreys picks ten ways to challenge yourself without leaving the country (and tells you where to stay too)…

1. Instead of joining the masses climbing Ben Nevis, why not head up Britain’s second highest mountain (Ben Macdui). It’s not technical, it’s easy to get to, the views are stunning, and you have a very good chance of having the mountain to yourself.

Adventure rating: 7/10

Stay: BEST WESTERN PLUS Inverness Lochardil House Hotel or BEST WESTERN Inverness Palace Hotel and Spa


2. The River Wye is possibly Britain’s most beautiful waterway. Walk it, swim it or canoe it. Just do it. For a touch more spice, paddle the rapids section through Symonds Yat.

Adventure rating: 4/10

Stay: BEST WESTERN Talbot Hotel, Leominster


3. Sleepy little Britain has a globally impressive natural phenomenon: the Severn Bore. Time it right and you can surf along the river, upstream, all the way to Gloucester.

Adventure rating: 8/10

Stay: BEST WESTERN Compass Inn, Tormarton


4. Get a better view of Britain’s thousands of miles of coastline by taking to a sea kayak. It’s a great way to see incredible wildlife and to explore cliffs, caves and sea stacks. South Devon has some of Britain’s best sea kayaking landscapes.

Adventure rating: 6/10

Stay: BEST WESTERN Lord Haldon Country Hotel, Dunchideock


5. Lowestoft Ness in Suffolk is the most easterly place in Britain. Walk a few miles south of the town to enjoy a night beneath the stars in a bivvy bag and wake at dawn to be the first person in Britain to watch the sun rise that day.

Adventure rating: 3/10

Stay: BEST WESTERN George Hotel, Norwich


6. Get fit, have fun and test your nerve on the miles and miles of purpose-built mountain bike trails at Coed y Breninin Wales. Bike hire available in the area.

Adventure rating: 4/10

Stay: BEST WESTERN Waterloo Hotel and Lodge, Betws-y-Coed


7. Swimming a river is one of the best, cheapest and most simple ways to have an adventure. Drifting downstream you get such a different perspective on the world. I am a convert to river swimming. Try the River Ouse in Sussex.

Adventure rating: 3/10

Stay: BEST WESTERN The Birch Hotel, Haywards Heath


8. If you want a difficult yet achievable challenge in one of Britain’s loveliest landscapes, then tackle the Yorkshire Three Peaks. It’s a 26-mile test with a 12-hour cut-off time. The cafe at the start checks you in and out and serves massive mugs of tea at the end.

Adventure rating: 7/10

Stay: BEST WESTERN Higher Trapp Country House Hotel, Simonstone


9. It is a shame that Britain has very little forest. For a timeless, ageless escape from the 21st century, go and explore the New Forest, Britain’s newest National Park. Spring and autumn are my favourite seasons.

Adventure Rating: 1/10

Stay: BEST WESTERN Red Lion Hotel, Salisbury


10. Cycling from Land’s End to John O’Groats might not be an original idea, but it is something I encourage everyone to do once. It is a brilliant way to learn about your own country. And, with 280 hotels to pick from, you can do the ride in style and stay in a Best Western every night!




  1. Nice Blog………Keep doing adventures.

  2. All the options are cool but need so much courage. Adventures are enjoyments for strong hearted peoples not for weak ones. One should careful while trying these tricks.

  3. Adventures in the life of a people. In every step there is a adventures.

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