The UK is fast becoming a haven for adrenaline junkies worldwide and offers a host of well-known activities from mountain boarding to other more niche exploits such as coasteering. The landscape of the UK is perfect for outdoor adventure on fantastic mountains like Ben Nevis in Scotland and offers some incredible caving and coastal exploration around Wales. If a weekend surf trip down to the coast of Dover isn’t in your student budget or time frame, Tynemouth is a bus drive out of Newcastle city centre and is a popular surf spot. Mountain boarding, the child of skateboarding and snowboarding, is also perfect for the UK’s general lack of snow. This can be done in almost any terrain if it includes a downhill stretch.
One of the UK’s best locations is the Haredown Mountain Boarding Centre in the South Downs as it contains over 20 acres of slopes for various abilities. Coasteering is an adrenaline-fuelled way to explore the Welsh coastlines and is a unique blend of adventure swimming, climbing/canyoning, and jumping and diving off cliffs. Coasteering is perfect for an all-round extreme sport experience whilst simultaneously exploring caves and shores of the UK, and is particularly popular in Pembrokeshire intertidal zones.
Indoor extreme sports are a fantastic way to experience the realistic atmosphere of adventure, without having to travel miles and miles
Indoor extreme sports are a fantastic way to experience the realistic atmosphere of adventure, without having to travel miles and miles. Indoor ice-climbing is making a rise in the UK and centres in London and Manchester house real ice-walls with internal temperatures that can range from a freezing -5 to -12 degrees. The sport is similar in form to rock climbing as adventurers are attached by a series of ropes and cables, but instead of secured handholds, they have two ice picks and must hack their way up an 8m vertical ice cube! The UK is rife with opportunities for thrill-seekers and dare-devils of all tastes.