10 thrill-seeking British adventures
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.
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