It may be small – at around 130sq km England is less than half the size of the Phillipines. But this part of the world certainly has plenty to offer the adventure traveller, whether you’re a land lover or you love your water sports. Here are just a few of the adventures we've discovered so far:
Galloping on the beach in Bamburgh
Riding on the beach had been on my bucket list for some time. So, when we stayed just outside Bamburgh in Northumberland, I made the most of the equestrian centre which offers rides from Seahouses to Bamburgh and back. Our instructor took us over the sand dunes onto the beach, moving from a trot into a canter as soon as we were past the crowded sections where families were making sandcastles. We cantered to the end of the beach, past Bamburgh’s stunning medieval castle and splashed in the sea before heading back. We were warned the horses would be faster on their way home and they shot off into a gallop, thundering back along the sand.
Hiking in Dartmoor
Dartmoor National Park in Devon is dramatic, sometimes desolate and always drop-dead gorgeous. The Postbridge Information Centre is the best place to start exploring as you can choose an audio tour of the distance you want, which guides you and tells you about the scenery you pass. The Bellever Walk takes you through woodland and countryside, along river paths and we were even lucky enough to spot two Dartmoor ponies.
Coasteering in Dorset
If you haven’t tried coasteering before, Dorset is the ideal place to jump in and give it a try. It’s basically the sport of following a coastline by any means you can – swimming, climbing, diving, jumping and walking, while wearing a wetsuit to keep you warm and a life jacket and helmet to keep you safe.
The Jurassic Coast Activities centre was just a 15-minute drive from our base at Parkdean’s Warmwell park in beautiful Lulworth Bay. We were with a group of eight people, with one instructor, spending a challenging two-and-a-half hours in the water. We splashed through caves, climbed over rocks and jumped into the sea. We’d certainly worked up an appetite so we stopped at the Lulworth Cove Inn, tucking into steak and ale pie before heading back to Warmwell.
Rock climbing in the Lake District
The mountains of the Lake District offer some of the most scenic rock climbing anywhere in the world. Each of the valleys has its own crags and its own character. Scafell and Pillar are spectacular but suffer the worst of any poor weather conditions because of their altitude. Those easier to access include Reecastle, Raven’s or Castle Rock. We opted for an introductory rock climbing course in Keswick, where tuition and all equipment were included. We were taught basic rope skills and how to spot the best routes for climbing.
Diving with seals at the Farne Islands
The area around the Farne Islands, off the coast of Northumberland, is one of the most incredible dive sites anywhere in the world. There are numerous wrecks to explore here and with a huge grey seal colony, you’ll find that at least a few of these graceful creatures come to say ‘hello’ while you’re under water. While clumsy on land, they are anything but under water. The youngsters even came up to nibble some of our dive equipment. We were also lucky enough to spot a sinister looking wolf fish lurking between rocks.
Wherever you go in England, you’ll find spectacular scenery – both on land and under water – all just waiting to be explored.
This post is by contributor Katie Belle, a UK blogger who writes mostly about her adventures in cake and on foreign shores.
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