10 of Britain’s craziest adventures for 2022 | UK public holidays


Bikepacking, Scotland

Adventure leader Rosie Baxendine quit her desk job and became a full-time bikepacking guide (like hiking, but on a bike). Many of his trips are reserved for women, such as the two-day explorations of Perthshire, Lothian or the Borders. Others have a theme, like a trip to the northeast in search of puffins, a tour of a pedal-powered distillery, or an island adventure on the west coast. All involve wild camping and are designed to introduce people to bikepacking, so no experience is necessary, a kit can be provided and distances are a manageable 28 miles per day. Rosie also offers e-bikepacking tours, accessible trips on adapted bikes and tailor-made adventures.
£220 for a two-day trip, next departure April 23, rosiebaxendine.com

Wild trip in Devon

Active England is adding to its walking, cycling and swimming this year, with new nature tours around Devon. Tours are packed with outdoor yoga, seaside foraging, wild swimming, forest swimming, and paddleboarding. Wildlife tours also involve walking, swimming and foraging, as well as boat trips, which focus on encounters with local otters, beavers, seals, peregrine falcons and Dartmoor ponies. Besides the activities, you’ll have plenty of time for picnics by the river and drinking pints in historic pubs, as well as lunch at Riverford Field Kitchen, wine tasting at Sharpham Estate and evenings around the campfire. Guests stay in comfortable three-star hotels.
Four days of B&B from £849 or six days from £1,049, April 1 to October 31, activeenglandtours.com

Sail around the British coast

Snark, sailing south of Devon.
Snark, sailing South Devon

Skipper Paul and First Mate Qiao are sailing their modern Thames barge, Snark, around the UK this summer – and you’re invited aboard. The 2,000-mile, three-month journey is split into 10 five- to nine-day legs, so people can sign up for a section that suits them. The world tour begins and ends in Plymouth, calling at four nation capitals and historic ports along the way. No sailing experience is required, but passengers will be shown the ropes and encouraged to participate – while still having plenty of time for wildlife viewing, photography and a bit of sea swimming and snorkeling. rowing. There is also a working crew discount for those with sailing experience (one per trip).
From £1,231 for seven nights all inclusive, June 1 to September 13, snark.limited

Run through Wales

Run through Wales
Riders tackle a course between Newtown and Aberystwyth

Experienced trail runners can challenge themselves with this three-day, 55-mile guided tour from the Welsh border to the coast. It’s led by fallen runner Tim Higginbottom and involves races of up to five hours a day through the Cambrian Mountains from Newtown to Aberystwyth. Day one is the longest at 22 miles; day two (18 miles) has the toughest terrain; and the last day is a relatively easy 15 mile course along an old rail line. Luggage is transported between boutique hotels.
£695 for four nights bed and breakfast and dinner, next trip June 23, naturetravels.co.uk

Canoeing on the River Severn

A canoeist in the Ironbridge Gorge
A canoeist in the Ironbridge Gorge

Shrewsbury Canoe Hire offers a new seven-day self-guided expedition: paddle 200km of Britain’s longest river. The Severn is quieter than neighboring Wye and there is only one booking per day, ensuring peaceful paddling. The journey begins at Pool Quay in Powys and ends in Gloucester, passing through Shrewsbury, Bridgnorth, Worcester and Tewkesbury, as well as Ironbridge Gorge and Wyre Forest. No experience is necessary; canoeists receive a safety briefing and boats are tracked. The rental company recommends places to eat, drink, and stay (small groups can get away to wild camping at riverside beaches).
From £795 for a two-person canoe including equipment, drop-off and collectionat the top; first departure on March 2, bigsevernadventure.co.uk

Sea Kayaking and Wild Camping, Suffolk

Sea Kayaking and Wild Camping, Suffolk
Evening camps are held on a secluded beach

Nomad Sea Kayaking has launched a women-only version of its casual kayaking and wilderness camping weekends. After setting up camp on a secluded beach, the day is spent paddling along the tranquil coastline to the mouth of the River Ore, then swimming and (hopefully) sunbathing on the beach. The evening is spent around the campfire – hot drinks provided, BYO wine. After an optional beach cleanup on Sunday morning, there’s a second session of kayaking before taking the ferry on foot across the estuary to the Ferry Boat Inn for dinner.
£189.99 for two days, next trip May 14, nomadsea kayak

Hike around the Hebrides

Sail and cruise around the Hebrides on Steady, a Dutch ketch, and cruise to the daily walking destination Puffin-Scotland
Puffins can be common on the cliffs of Canna

This is no ordinary walking holiday: this is also an island-hopping sailing trip. Walkers eat and sleep on Steady, a Dutch ketch, and sail to each day’s walking destination. The farthest is Canna, for hikes through grassland, forest and moorland, and along cliffs and coasts to see puffins. Other ports of call include community-owned Eigg, rugged Rum, tiny Muck, car-free Kerrera and bustling Mull. No browsing experience is necessary. The walks are guided and range from a five mile walk on Muck to a 12 mile coastal hike to beautiful Kilmory Bay on Rum. Wildlife sightings can include seabirds, birds of prey, five species of dolphins, and three types of whales.
From £1,415 for 10 daysincluding most meals, next trip May 21st, venturesailholidays.com

Mountain biking in the Brecon Beacons

Two women mountain bike along a ridge in the Brecon Beacons
Photograph: Andrew Lloyd/Alamy

Element organizes active weekends for women in the Brecon Beacons. A new challenge for 2022 is the two-day MTB course, suitable for women with some riding experience (there is also a beginners weekend). The ride follows trails in lesser-known parts of the Black Mountains, with some quick biking uphills and downhills, but no technical sections such as jumps and drops. The evening is spent in the pub opposite the B&B, a staggering distance for weary legs. Element’s other new trips include a weekend of walking, running and yoga, and a short mother-daughter break in nature.
£250 for two days including B&B, packed lunch, two guides and luggage transport, next trip June 11, element-active.fr

Surf Retreat, Cornwall

Photograph: Peter Fosdike/Alamy

The Department of Welfare has long run Go Wild retreats at Tilton House in East Sussex, but this year it will expand to Devon and Cornwall. The new retreats include many existing activities – breathing, yoga, sound bath, swimming, paddleboarding, hiking – but some will have a new focus. For example, a five-day surf and yoga retreat is planned in Cornwall from September 8-12, with plant-based foods and top-notch teachers. It is not yet open for reservations, but you can register an interest on the website.
From £595 for a four-day all-inclusive retreat, wellbeingdepartment.co.uk

Learn Adventure Photography, Devon

Dartmoor Adventure Photography

Participants can learn how to best capture their travel adventures with a camera during this photography weekend in Dartmoor, one of England’s wildest national parks. The trip involves outdoor photography sessions from dawn to dusk and a fair amount of hiking in remote parts of moorland, so a reasonable level of fitness is required. Highlights include a tor-top sunset photoshoot, sunrise wild ponies, and a technique and composition workshop in an abandoned gunpowder mill. The price includes tuition for an award-winning travel photographer, shared hostel accommodation in Tavistock and all meals including a Devon cream tea.
£590 for two nightsnext trip July 23, muchbetteradventures.com


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