Too many travellers confine themselves to one place when visiting England. The country is in fact home to an astounding array of rural adventures and exciting experiences within and beyond the city streets.
From harnessing your inner James Bond, to one of the most outrageous adrenalin-fuelled activities on the planet, England offers a wealth of unforgettable moments.
Bond-Style Adventures In London
Who can forget the opening scene from The World is not Enough when Pierce Brosnan chases an assassin along the River Thames and up on to the summit of the O2 arena?
Budding Bonds can recreate the experience (with a little less shooting) courtesy of London RIB Voyages, which offers a range of high-octane thrill rides along the river at speeds up to 55 kilometres per hour. You’ll pass many of the city’s big-ticket tourist attractions, such as Big Ben and St Paul’s Cathedral, plus more recent additions including The Gherkin and The Shard.
To complete the adventure, don a climb suit and harness and ascend to the top of the O2 arena for spectacular 360-degree views of the city. You can choose to climb during the day, at sunset or at night, when the capital’s distinctive skyline transforms into a hypnotising blur of twinkling lights.
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Cycle The Way Of The Roses
England’s traditional Coast-to-Coast trail tends to get all the cross-country glory, but the 273-kilometre Way of the Roses is another equally scenic option.
Established in 2010, the route starts at Morecambe on the east coast and finishes at Bridlington on the west. Along the way it passes through the market towns of Settle and Ripon, the historic city of York and the majestic scenery of the Yorkshire Dales.
You could easily tackle it on your own, carrying your own gear and arranging your own accommodation, but let’s face it, that doesn’t sound like a holiday. Instead, join an organised tour where experienced guides will chaperone your meanderings.
Cycle for several days through some of England’s most picturesque scenery, stay in quaint, historic villages and feast on hearty pub grub after the day’s exertions. Now that sounds like a holiday.
Climb, swim and scramble your way along the UK coastline in this increasingly popular adventure activity. After being kitted out with wetsuits, life-jackets and helmets, you’ll be guided along a section of dramatic coastline by expert guides. Jump off cliffs into swirling pools of water, hop between rocky outcrops, slide down natural water chutes, explore hidden sea caves and swim into secluded coves.
The activity was pioneered in Pembrokeshire in Wales, but can now be done in Anglesey, Dorset, Cornwall and the Highlands of Scotland. The best bit is that no prior experience is necessary and trips can be tailored from family-friendly to high adrenaline.
Coasteering is much more than just a day of thrills and spills. Along the way you’ll get to meet some of the local wildlife and explore some of the UK’s most spectacular coastal scenery, much of which can’t be accessed any other way.