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Urban Surfer’s Ultimate UK Bucket List: Adventures For Everyone

Contrary to popular belief, there is no need to leave the UK for a life-changing travel experience! The UK is home to a vast array of exhilarating adventures, incredible scenery and not to forget some delightfully British experiences that we should all revel in!

How many things have you ticked off our bucket list?

Ski in Scotland 

In the past Scottish ski resorts were dismissed as mediocre, but facilities and snow conditions have improved radically. Cairngorms National Park promises fresh, powdery snow, demanding terrain and beautiful panoramas. In the winter months, Cairngorms becomes a playground for winter sports enthusiasts.

Wreck-dive at Scapa Flow in the Orkneys 

Scapa Flow is an ideal spot for the adrenaline junkies amongst you, it is one of the top dive sights inEurope. The untainted, rich waters on the edge of the Atlantic Gulf Stream make for ideal conditions, with clear waters and a bounty of marine wildlife. You might even catch a glimpse of seals, porpoises, dolphins and even whales in deeper water around sites such as the Old Man of Hoy and the North Shoal. The adventures truly begin with a treasure trove of sunken vessels from the First and Second World War. Divers can explore the unsalvaged vessels of the German High Seas Fleet, which include a number of large warships and destroyers.

The National Three Peaks Challenge 

The Three Peaks Challenge involves climbing the three highest peaks in England, Wales and Scotland, often within 24 hours. Alternatively the challenge is completed over three days. The three mountains are: Snowdon in Wales (1085m), Scafell Pike in England (978m) and Ben Nevis in Scotland (1345m). This challenge involves not only climbing over three thousand metres and walking almost 26 miles, but also travelling 460 miles between the peaks!

Visit the White Cliffs of Dover 

The supree White Cliffs are located at the UK’s closest point to France. They are an official icon of Britain and have been a sign of hope and freedom for centuries. You can appreciate their beauty and enjoy their special appeal through the seasons by taking one of the dramatic cliff-top walks offering unrivalled views of the busy English Channel and the French coast. Sitting above those cliffs is the impressive Dover Castle.

London to Brighton Bike Ride 

The Do it for Charity London to Brighton Cycle Ride is a mass-participation cycle ride covering the 54 miles from Clapham Common in London to Madeira Drive on Brighton sea front. In 2017 the ride will take place on Sunday 17th September and over 4,000 riders are expected to take part. It’s not a ride to be feared. Or a race. The beauty of London-Brighton is that you can take it at your own pace: club riders can try to break their personal best times, while casual cyclists can just make a day of it!

Afternoon Tea

You can’t have a British Bucket List without including some quintessentially British traditions! There are a number of hotels and restaurants that offer incredible afternoon tea selections. One of our favourites is the Mad Hatters Afternoon Tea at the Sanderson Hotel in London!

Fish & Chips

Another quintessential English tradition is good old fashioned fish and chips! Click here for a list of the best fish and chip shops in every region of the UK.

Explore Hadrian’s Wall

Hadrian’s Wall is one of Britain’s most spectacular ancient monuments. It marks the farthest reaches of perhaps the greatest empire the world has ever seen. It also cuts a path through some of the country’s most spectacular landscapes, making it a perfect destination for walkers. 2017 offers visitors further incentives to explore as it celebrates its 30th anniversary as a Unesco World Heritage Site. To mark this anniversary  there will be a six-month exhibition involving 10 sites running the length of the wall and into Hadrian’s Wall Country, 10 miles on either side.

Discover London’s Museums After Hours

The majority of museums in London offer a late night at least once a month. They organize guided tours, talks, events and even live music. This list has all the details of all the museums and the days that they offer a late night. If you are looking into where to stay this list could help. In addition to the regular late nights, Museums at Night next kicks off from 26-26th October 2017. Twice a year, non-profit cultural publisher Culture24 invites all UK museums, galleries and heritage sites to throw open their doors after hours to showcase their treasures in unexpected ways.

Learn how to surf 

The UK may not be a warm-water surfing paradise but waves do break upon her fair shores, and a great many of them lend themselves to the sport of surfing. There are many seaside towns that have fully engaged with the sport and offer a wonderful surfing culture. Check here for top places to learn how to surf in the UK!

 

Stephanie Contomichalos

Stephanie Contomichalos is a sports enthusiast. She is an avid crossfitter, wakeboarder and has recently qualified as a Level 1 CrossFit coach. She is also an advocate for women’s sport and for using sport as a tool for development. She is currently living in Athens, Greece.

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