Things to do | Leisure & entertainment | Unusual outdoor activities

Top 10 unusual outdoor activities

Calling all adrenaline junkies

If throwing yourself off a cliff into the sea or tearing along the beach holding onto a kite, or even climbing inside a giant inflatable ball and hurtling down a hill, sound like your idea of fun, then you've come to the right web-page.

River bugging

‘River what?!’ you may well ask. River bugging was invented in New Zealand and basically involves strapping yourself into an inflatable armchair and throwing yourself down white-water rapids. The single-person craft makes the rider, or ‘bugger’ (we kid you not), look like a bug or insect, hence river ‘bugging’. There are only around 20 places in Europe where you can go river bugging, and 12 of them are in Scotland! See Visit Scotland for more info.

Bushcraft and survival skills

There’s a little bit of Britain’s favourite “born survivor”, Bear Grylls, in all of us. Try a bushcraft and survival skills course to bring him out of you. Bushcraft is the art of learning to live in the wilderness and feel at home within the natural world just like our ancestors. Firecraft, tracking, hunting and shelter building are just a few skills you’ll learn; practices familiar to our ancestors and many aboriginal and native people around the world today. Search online for a course near you.

Gorge walking

Ready for an extreme river adventure great for families and kids too? Gorge walking gives a whole new meaning to a nice nature walk. Here, you’ll walk along steep sided gorges following the course of the river by any means necessary. This can involve climbing beside waterfalls, sliding down rapids, floating down fast flowing chutes and clinging onto rock faces. Wales has some of the best natural formations for gorge walking in the world. See Visit Wales or search online for centres.

Canyoning & coasteering

Canyoning is the crazy big brother of gorge walking. Like gorge walking, you’ll navigate you way along a river’s course, but this is far more extreme involving heart-stopping jumps off steep gorges and high waterfalls. Coasteering is the saltwater cousin of canyoning. Instead of waterfalls, you’ll work your way around the coastline by rock climbing, cliff jumping and swimming. Neither are for the faint hearted!

Zorbing

Zorbing is one of those things that makes you think, “who the hell came up with that idea?”, but in the same moment scream, “I wanna have a go!”. It basically involves climbing inside a giant inflatable ball and being bounced, rolled and tumbled head-over-heels down a hill at speeds of up to 30mph. For zorbing in the South West see Zorb South, but there are places to Zorb all over Britain, so check online for other locations.

Quadbiking

Quad bikes were originally used by farmers in difficult terrain, but it wasn’t long before the speed freaks caught on. What’s not to like about tearing through fields and woods, up and down steep ditches, through streams and across muddy bogs on a four-wheeled buggy capable of stomach-turning twists and jumps?! Forget a gentle bike ride through the countryside, spin, twist, skid and leap your way through the great outdoors.

Caving and potholing

Caving takes you on a journey deep into Britain’s underbelly, where you and your team guide each other through vast underground caves full of striking stalagmites and stalactites. Potholing takes this a step further and is a claustrophobe’s nightmare. Here, you’ll slide and wriggle through narrow tunnels, cross underground lakes and see sites that went undiscovered for thousands of years. 

Blokarting

Also called land yachting, blokarting is like yachting, but in a kart on land instead of a boat on water. A blokart is essentially a long, thin, three-wheeled buggy with enough room for you to sit inside and a sail to accelerate and manoeuvre. The best place to blokart in Britain has got to be the beach and there are clubs based all around the coast. Search online for land yachting or blokarting UK for info on getting started.

Sandboarding

Sandboarding is to sand what snowboarding is to snow. Now Britain might not have the best snowboarding conditions, but with over 10,000 miles of coastline lined with staggering sand dunes, we certainly have excellent year-round sandbording conditions. If you’ve never tried it before, it’s best to search online for a course, but many experienced snowboarders just use an old snowboard and get going. You could even dig your old sledge out of the garage and try a bit of sand-sledging!

Power kiting

Also known as traction kiting, power kiting is nothing like flying a kite in the park. The power harnessed by specially designed power kites is enough to drag you along the ground and lift you into the air like you’re jumping on the moon. You can use a power kite on its own, known as ‘power jumping’, or pair it up with a vehicle or board for a more extreme ride. Search online for a club near you.


DiscountsAnd Deals

Save time and money before you travel!

We have over 150 Britain products in our online shop. From transport tickets to popular attractions and sightseeing passes, we have everything in store.

View all products
BritRail GB Flexi Pass

Unlimited rail travel in England, Scotland and Wales.

BritRail GB Flexi Pass
From £159
BritRail GB Consecutive Pass

Unlimited rail travel in England, Scotland and Wales.

BritRail GB Consecutive Pass
From £125
On a budget?
  • Things to do
    • Tate Liverpool Source:© e-peps (Flickr)
      Museums & galleries

      From Scotland to the South coast, we’ve got dozens of fabulous free museums just waiting to be discovered. Read on for some of the best.

    • Tower of London
      Tower of London

      Spanning over 900 years of British history, the Tower of London was built by William the Conqueror to protect London and assert his power.

    • View towards Steel Rigg from Hadrian's Wall in Northumbria, Hadrian's Wall, near Haltwhistle, Northumberland, England © Britainonview.com / Rod Edwards
      Hadrian's Wall

      This World Heritage site consists of the border line of the Roman Empire when it was at its biggest in the 2nd century.

    • Dinosaur at the Natural History Museum Source:s3k
      Natural History Museum

      The Natural History Museum exhibits one of the most important and astonishing natural collections in the world - just wait until you come face to...

    • Blackpool Sands beach Source:stephen jones
      Family beaches

      Britain's coastline stretches for over 9,000 miles and is covered by beautiful beaches and bays where you'll find everything from old-fashioned...

  • Places to stay
    • YHA hostel in Hartington, Derbyshire Source:JR P
      Hostels

      Hostels are one of the cheapest ways to stay in Britain. If you prefer budget accommodation & value over luxury but still want good quality...

    • Campus accommodation Source:borman818
      Campus accommodation

      Students are notoriously thrifty - so why not take a leaf out of their book and stay in campus accommodation? Cheap and well located, campus...

    • Incleborough House Bed and Breakfast in East Runton, Norfolk © Britainonview / Rod Edwards
      Bed & Breakfast

      Staying at a B&B is a great way to experience life in Britain’s local communities. B&B accommodation ranges from basic rooms in a...

    • Camping at Great Langdale Source:Wesley Bowler
      Britain's top 10 camping spots

      Camping is cheap, green, great fun and the best way to get up close and personal with Britain's most sumptuous scenery. So pack up your tent and...

    • Self-Catering accommodation
      Self-catering accommodation

      If you're looking for a home away from home and don't want to get a cheap hotel, why not stay in a self-catering apartment? You'll find all the...

  • Where to eat
    • Cosy interior Cafe Rouge restaurant Source:Copyright Sergey Shpakovsky
      Cheap eats

      Want to find a tasty, cheap meal in Britain? We’ve put together some of Britain’s best budget restaurants so you’ll never have...

    • Cappuccino at Carluccio's Source:© CharmeleonGreen, Flickr
      Michelin star, miniscule prices

      Treat yourself when you come to Britain - eat at a restaurant owned by a Michelin-starred celebrity chef. If you're thinking 'I...

    • Tayyabs restaurant Whitechapel, London Source:Copyright nzbuu
      Britain's best curries

      There are thousands of curry restaurants in the UK – here are just a few of our favourites.

    • The Bell at Sapperton Source: (c) guettier
      Gastropubs

      These no-nonsense food establishments with a clear emphasis on good food can now be found throughout the UK. Here are 10 worth checking out.