• Luke Grose

Get stuck in. 24 adventure ideas in the UK

We've pulled together a list of local mini adventures, fitness challenges and longer expeditions for you to get stuck into in 2020.


From morning adventure espressos to long-distant epics this list will help you find something you'll love regardless of whether you're an armchair adventurer, solo explorer or a group of mates, you'll find something you'll love in this list.


In no particular order...


  • The Real Ale Wobble - a non-competitive event that combines mountain biking, with real ale and marks beginning of a 10 day beer festival.

  • Kayak the Great Glen Canoe Trail (Caledonian Canal) - a beautiful 60 mile route following the Caledonian Canal from Fort William to Inverness.

  • Hike the Ullswater Way - a stunning 20 mile walk around one of the largest lakes in the Lake District.

  • Take on the Green Belt Relay - a 22-stage running relay around 220 miles of the Green Belt around the outside of London. Grab some buddies.

  • Compete in the World Coal Carrying Championships - a good old fashioned British race. Carry a 50kg sack of coal 1km. Fastest time wins.

  • Cycle London to Brighton - it's a well-known, picturesque route and a great intro to longer-distance cycling (55-60 miles).

  • Go coasteering in Pembrokeshire

  • Take on the Redbull Neptune Steps - one of the toughest outdoor swimming challenges. Over the 420m course competitors need to climb 7 canal lock gates using ropes and ladders, ducking waterfalls as they go.

  • Hike up Helvellyn - one of our favourite walks in the Lake District. Striking and beautiful.

  • Ride in the annual 3 Peaks Cyclo Cross race - fancy grabbing your bike, heading to the hills and getting muddy? One of the biggest and toughest cyclo-cross races in the world.

  • Hike Hadrian's Wall

  • Walk from Lulworth Cove to Durdle Door

  • Get involved in the Isle of Wight Walking Festival - Discover unique routes with experienced local walkers and enjoy an extensive walks programme that includes walks across, over and around the Island

  • Trek the Pennine Way

  • Go mountain biking in the Brecon Beacons

  • Paddle-board on Regent's Canal

  • Swim in the Scilly Swim Challenge - island to island open water swimming at its finest.

  • Run your local parkrun - free community 5km running events every Saturday morning in over 700 locations. Great for all the family (and the dog).

  • Kayak the Leeds & Liverpool Canal - at a whopping 127 miles with 91 locks scattered across this is a great option for a single or multi-day paddling adventure.

  • Take on an obstacle course race or mud run


Let us know how you get on.

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