The whole of the UK has plenty of diverse options to explore for any number of outdoor lifestyle adventures, and while there are probably too many to list in full; we have chosen our Blackleaf Top 5 Adventure Destinations in England.
Our Top 5 English Adventure Destinations
The Lake District
This stunning part of the country is home to fells, pikes and obviously lakes galore and has over 800 square miles of it to explore. Depending on your choice of outdoor adventure, there are enough walks and hikes to enjoy over a lifetime and ascending Scafell Pike; the highest mountain in England is one of them. There are numerous cycle routes as well throughout The Lakes, so you can ride to each location if you wish while pitching up for the night. Visiting the lakes are essential, with Windermere; the largest, and Wastwater; the deepest in the country are the ones you should at least experience. On the water you can sail, kayak and sup-board; or try something even more adventurous such as ghyll scrambling and canyoning at certain becks and waterfalls.
The Peak District
The Peak District National Park was the nation’s first and takes in nearly 560 square miles of landscape south of the Pennine Way. Also known as the walking country, the Peaks offer options for any level of experience across varied scenery and landscapes. There are plenty of short casual walks to multi-day hikes across the highest peaks in the area. If you would rather do something more adventurous than walking there are a great number of cycling routes, plus watersports, climbing, caving and a lot of options for fell running as well. This are is rich with heritage and has plenty of dramatic scenery to explore.
Photography by Daniel Casson @dpc_photography
The Yorkshire Dales
Known for its deep valleys, drystone walls, hills and iconic heather moorland, the Yorkshire Dales like the rest of our Top 5 Adventure Destinations in England has plenty to explore. There are a number of short walks throughout this National Park that can encompass the history and heritage of the entire area along with the beautiful scenery or if you want something more difficult the Three Peaks Challenge is a must for any experienced walker. The cycle routes are another aspect that the Yorkshire Dales are well known for with Tour de France climbs you can try and even mountain bike trails if you prefer off-road. This area is also popular for caving, with a vast amount of underground systems to explore as well with 2500 known caves to choose from.
Photography by @berrowitz
Cornwall offers a rich heritage of stunning, dramatic coastline, World heritage Sites, historic buildings and a lot of activities to enjoy. If you love watersports there are plenty to get involved in, with surfing being the most predominant on the area. For walking there are a number of coastline walks, some gentle and others more with more challenging terrain. Inland there are treasure trails perfect for the family, or clay trails and walks around the Bodmin Moor and Tamar Valley area amongst many others. There are a number of cycle routes to explore as well.
Photography by Lizzie Carr – @lizzie_outside
The iconic and stunning moorland of Dartmoor encompasses 450 miles of routes to walk and hike or alternatively ride on bike or horseback. As with our other Top 5 there are walking options for any ability level along with extensive geocaching and running trails also. You can climb the granite tors in the Dartmoor National Park which give quite a challenge, or if your prefer your watersports canoeing the rivers during the winter is quite popular. Dartmoor is one of the few places in England where you can go wild camping in designated areas which makes multi-day hiking much more of an adventure.
Photopgraphy by Alex – @dartmoorbikepacking
We hope our Top 5 Adventure Destinations in England inspire you to get our there are see more of what the country has to explore. Ensure you take all the outdoors lifestyle gear you need as well.