10 thrill-seek­ing Bri­tish ad­ven­tures

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Do­ing any­thing ex­cit­ing this sum­mer? Fancy a 1,000-mile bike ride? Me nei­ther. Yet in­stead of set­tling for a gen­tle drive through the Cotswolds or re­lax­ing on the beach, scores of cy­clists will early next month be set­ting off on the Ride Across Bri­tain, a nine-day cy­cle ride from Land’s End to John O’Groats across 23 coun­ties of Eng­land, Wales and Scot­land.

It seems more of us than ever are em­brac­ing tougher chal­lenges. Maybe we’re sick of sweaty gyms and han­ker af­ter an out­door test – and a gen­uine sense of achieve­ment while es­cap­ing from an in­creas­ingly in­door world. What­ever the cause, the num­ber of en­durance events in­creases by the year, at­tract­ing more en­trants par­tic­i­pat­ing for fun, not hairychested bravado.

So the cross-Bri­tain ride got us think­ing: for those look­ing for some­thing a lit­tle more stretch­ing than the sun lounger, what are the great­est ac­tiv­ity chal­lenges in Bri­tain? Our Top Ten will push you to the limit, yet are doable by ded­i­cated am­a­teurs. Many also show­case the wildest, most beau­ti­ful cor­ners of the coun­try. The grey-green Lake Dis­trict, Tor­ri­don’s High­lands ro­mance or the peaks of Snow­do­nia, an Arthurian myth made real, are all placesp which can el­e­vate a phys­i­calp chal­lenge into some­thing more epic; even touch­ing at times the spir­i­tual. What unites all these chal­lengesc is that they’re true ad­ven­tures: some­times daunt­ing, of­ten gru­elling, oc­ca­sion­ally ter­ri­fy­ing,t and al­ways lifeaf­firm­ing.

Fed up with fly and flop? From surf­ing in Corn­wall to cav­ing in Wales, James Ste­wart sug­gests great al­ter­na­tives closer to home


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