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Outdoor adventure locations – 7 fab UK spots for awesome fun.

Outdoor adventure locations in the UK are wide and varied. Whatever outdoor adventure type you’re looking for there’s an area that’ll tick all the boxes. In all instances, some of these locations offer the potential of ticking off multiple outdoor adventures. But where to head? Here we listed 7 fab UK spots you’ll find awesome fun outdoor adventures. Whilst not conclusive, if you’re searching for ideas these will set you off on the right foot. 

Outdoor adventure gear essentials.

Whatever type of outdoor adventures you’re after the McConks online shop has a variety of essentials that’ll enhance your activities. Whether on water, on land or a bit of both, we’ve got you covered. Head over to the McConks online shop to see the full list of gear here.

What makes a location good for outdoor adventures?

Choice is pretty much the name of the game when searching for a location that offers multiple outdoor adventure options. If you’re keen to experience multiple outdoor adventures then you want somewhere that has a decent list of things to do.

Most locations – not just the ones listed below – will have this. You just need to tailor your and your group’s situation to what each location has to offer. Some, for instance, may be more hardcore than others. Research is therefore keen when planning a trip for some outdoor adventure fun.

Outdoor adventure in the Lake District.

Kicking things off Cumbria’s Lake District is held in high regard for many types of outdoor adventures. Most will be aware of what The Lakes offer, but it’s still worth reminding yourself how much of a quality adventure location it can be.

From mountain biking to wild swimming, paddle boarding and sailing; The Lakes are more than just about the fells and pikes. Although quality hillwalking and climbing – for all levels – is of course outdoor adventure activities that the area is renowned for.

1. Isle of Wight outdoor adventures.

Being a small clump of land, situated halfway along the English Channel, Hampshire’s Isle of Wight is a hotbed for outdoor adventures. Long associated with maritime exploits there’s sailing and windsports in abundance. But it doesn’t stop there.

Along the south facing coast, the abundant beaches get their fair share of waves for surfing shenanigans. Whilst the cycle touring around the island can be awesome. Kayaking and stand up paddle boarding are also well catered for. 

2. Lyme Regis and the Jurassic Coast.

Fossil hunters apply here! If your idea of outdoor adventures is scouring beaches for fossils then Dorset’s Jurassic Coast is where you should head. You can hunt for and find fossils in any location. But the JC throws up more results than you can imagine.

Lyme Regis and the famed ‘Ammonite Pavement’ (Monmouth Beach) is a known location for high percentages of fossil finds. Meanwhile, Lyme Regis itself is a great location for watersports when you’re not cracking rocks and digging for fossil treasure. There’s also the fantastic Fossil Museum which is worth a visit.

3. Snowdonia National Park (Eryri).

Snowdonia – or Eryri to give it the proper Welsh name – covers a whopping 2132 km2 of north west Wales. A must do experience is the Snowdonia Mountain Railway which climbs to the top of the park’s highest peak, Snowdon. You then half hill walking and climbing, plus cycling, kayaking and canyoning.

Stand up paddle boarding is also on the cards if you want in Snowdonia. It’s not too far from the coast. So you can choose to SUP inland or on the sea. What could be better than that?

4. Cotswold Water Park.

With its 180 lakes, covering 42 square miles, and it being Family McConks’ backyard, we couldn’t omit the Cotswold Water Park from this list. A stunning wetlands area, it’s a great location for bird spotting and observing wildlife. Cotswold Water Park hosts thousands of breeding and watering birds. It’s an ideal spot for watching wildlife all year round.

Some of the lakes host watersports – including stand up paddle boarding – and there’s a soft sandy beach to be found at Cotswold Country Park. McConks also have a demo fleet of SUPs at the watersports centre here. And we regularly use it for paddling ourselves. 

5. Tiree and the Inner Hebrides.

At just 78.34km2 Tiree is certainly not a big Inner Hebridean island. And yet, what it offers for outdoor adventure enthusiasts is vast. There’s watersports aplenty. From windsurfing to surfing, SUP and foiling. Beginners are well serviced with a inland loch (Bhasapol) for taking those first tentative steps paddle boarding of windsurfing.

On a wider scale, the Inner Hebrides archipelago has 35 inhabited islands and 44 uninhabited islands to explore. Each island has its own distinct flavour so it’s worth hopping between a few at least.

6. The Broads National Park.

Straddling both Norfolk and Suffolk, The Broads is a network of (mostly) navigable lakes and rivers. Referred to as the Norfolk Broads it’s a haven for wildlife including large numbers of birds and also 20 species of dragonfly and 22 species of butterflies.

Walking, cycling, kayaking and paddle boarding are also available to indulge in. Or check out one of The Broads adventure centres for more outdoor fun and games.

7. Cornwall outdoor adventures.

The obvious Cornish outdoor adventure is surfing. With so many quality beaches to choose from there’s a Cornish surf spot just for you. And with an abundance of surf schools it’s pretty easy to get booked onto a surfing lesson during high season.

But it doesn’t stop there. Cornwall offers more in the way of outdoor adventures. From the South West Coast Path to exploring Bodmin Moor – the setting for Daphne du Maurier’s Jamaica Inn – there’s tons to seek out and explore.

Summing up.

As we said at the start of this article the outdoor adventure locations listed above aren’t conclusive. They’re just a smattering of areas you could potentially head to for some outdoor fun. At the very least, what we talk about should get you started and/or give some ideas of what to plan. If none of these are flicking your switch do a browser on the internet as we’re sure you’ll find somewhere that fits your requirements.

Don’t forget to head over to the McConks online shop for all your outdoor adventure and paddle boarding equipment needs.

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