Easy British adventures

Jo Carlowe / 26 September 2017

Test yourself with these eight exciting, but not too demanding, ways to explore the country.

Hadrian's Wall near sunset at Walltown

Drive the North Coast 500

Scotland’s answer to Route 66, this 500-mile road trip through the Highlands and the northern coast takes you past rugged mountains, secluded beaches and fairy-tale castles. Pictured above: Hadrian's Wall. northcoast500.com

Scapa Flow in Scotland

Scuba dive

Fantastic locations include Scapa Flow, Scotland – ‘the best wreck diving site in Europe’ – and Dorset’s Jurassic Coast. Scuba diving is low-impact exercise, though not suitable for those prone to chest pain, light-headedness or breathlessness during exertion. Pictured above: Scapa Flow padi.com

High Cup Nick

Conquer one of the 15 UK National Trails

These are classic long-distance walking, cycling and horse-riding routes that run through England and Wales, including The English Coast Path, The Pennine Way and Hadrian’s Wall Path. Pictured above: High Cup Nick. nationaltrail.co.uk


Go Geocaching

Thousands of geocaches – boxes filled with logbooks and little gifts left by previous visitors – are hidden in urban and rural locations around the UK. Find them using co-ordinates listed on websites or geocaching apps. gagb.org.uk

Govilion Wharf on the Monmouthshire and Brecon Canal

Cruise the waterways

There are more than 2,000 miles of canals and rivers in Britain. The Monmouthshire & Brecon Canal is 35 miles long and has few locks, so is perfect for beginners. Pictured above Govilion Wharf on the Monmouthshire & Brecon Canal © Billy Stock / Shutterstock.com. canalrivertrust.org.uk

kayaking on the Wye

Try kayaking

You don’t need to be young, muscular and willing to brave the rapids to attempt this great way to exercise while out in nature. There are numerous organised kayaking trips around the country on relatively gentle stretches of river, such as parts of the Thames and the Wye, pictured above,and on lakes.

Picking blackberries


You can improve your health and your cooking by scouring Britain’s woodlands, fields, hills and hedgerows for anything from blackberries and elderflower to sorrel and other herbs. Use reference books and other guides so that you know exactly what you’re picking, and follow sensible guidelines to prevent damaging the environment, such as those at woodlandtrust.org.uk

Man using a metal detector on Bridlington Beach.

Metal detecting

With good detectors costing as little as around £150, it’s relatively easy and affordable to get out and about in your local area, keeping fit by walking and digging, and maybe uncovering some valuable coins or even some Viking gold. For information on codes of conduct and getting started, visit ncmd.co.uk. Pictured above: metal detecting on Bridlington Beach © Andrew E Gardner / Shutterstock.com.

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