England is an ideal place for those seeking a more adventurous holiday, with a coastline perfect for sports such as surfing and wind surfing and rocky or rough terrain for climbing and mountain biking. For extreme thrill seekers, there are opportunities for sky diving or bungee jumping.
The beautiful coastline of Hayling Island in Hampshire is a popular destination for kite surfing. The vast expanse of shallow water and sandy beach make this an ideal kite surfing location. This great water sport involves standing on a board and being pulled across the waves by a giant kite.
Hayling Island has an established training centre for all levels of ability, from beginners to experts. Alternatively, visit Hunstanton Beach in Norfolk on the East coast, where you can take lessons at the kite surf school.
For lovers of surfing, or those who just want to try something new, Bude in Cornwall is a great destination. With large waves coming in from the Atlantic Ocean for the experienced surfer, or more sheltered bays further along the coast with smaller waves for the beginner, surfing is very popular here.
There are many surfing clubs and schools where you can get lessons or advice about this sport and you can also rent or buy equipment. The waves and Atlantic breeze also make this a perfect area for windsurfing. If you want to brave the North Sea with its high winds and huge waves, Scarborough Surf School is open throughout the year for lessons and equipment hire.
Another perfect area for water sports is the Isle of Wight, as the shallow waters around the coast make it an ideal place for practising your skill at wakeboarding, windsurfing and many other water sports, with lots of centres for training and equipment hire.
For river activities, visit the River Dart in Dartmoor, possibly the best location for kayaking and canoeing in England. Upper Dart offers Grade Five kayaking through woodland for those with experience, or calmer waters closer to the sea at Totnes.
Whether you are looking for the thrill of an extreme river adventure or a more gentle adventure where you can admire the stunning countryside, this is the perfect location. There are shops and tours from the River Dart Country Park and Tuckenhay offering family adventures, tours and demonstrations.
Other great river adventure destinations include the River Barle near Exmoor National Park and an artificial rafting course on the Trent River. Most trips last from two to four hours and cater for every level of experience.
The rolling landscape of North Yorkshire is perfect terrain for many outdoor activities, such as mountaineering, abseiling, mountain biking and rock climbing.
There are many centres that offer training and safety advice. Explore the Yorkshires’ East Coast from a new angle on a coasteering adventure, climbing across the coastal rock face with an experienced instructor as a tour guide. Many of these activities need to be prearranged with professional instructors who can assess your experience and the suitability of the English weather.
Explore the countryside on two wheels with the great mountain biking trails created by the Forestry Commission. All levels of ability are catered for, from scenic rides to rough and ready terrain to challenge the more experienced rider. The World Championships were held at the Dalby Forest in Yorkshire, which offers a great mountain biking experience.
Other excellent locations include the North Face Trail and Grizedale Northshore tracks in the Lake District. Many venues have great facilities including bike hire, showers and different trails for every level of experience.
For a unique thrill-seeking experience, why not try bungee jumping at one of the many venues across the UK? Unforgettable experiences include London Bungee Jumps, where you can jump close to Tower Bridge or the O2 Arena. Tandem jumps are also available. The UK Bungee club can provide details of organised events throughout England.
If you want to try an air sports activity, there are many opportunities across the country. Many centres offer courses in skydiving, hang-gliding and paragliding. Experiences can be tailored to suit your level of ability. Alternativley, you can admire the English countryside from high up in a hot air balloon.
With so much to offer, England is a great destination for those looking for an adventurous short break, whether you are an experienced thrill seeker or would like to try something new.