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Extreme sports, part IV – Discovering the Mountains

Now that autumn is closing in on us, it’s time to slow down the pace, and find our way up to a higher altitude where the wind is crispy and the views are fantastic. In my fourth and final part of Extreme Sports in Britain we’ll find out what you can do in the British mountains.

Walking
Britain has plenty of beautiful mountains and on our website you’ll find a few good ideas on how and where to explore them. Why not take a 5 hour walk through the beautiful Ben Nevis in Scotland, visit the mountains in Snowdonia in Wales or stroll around in the Cumbria and the Lake District in England.

Mountain biking
Mountain biking is a great way to enjoy an extreme sport while seeing a lot of beautiful scenery. There are usually both guided tours and cycles to hire and you can find both easy and advanced routes. Read more about cycling in Siskas blog post Pedal your way through the UK.

Climbing
One of the fastest growing outdoor activities in the UK is climbing, so it’s easy to find operators where you can hire your gear or get a guide to help you get started. Climb up a steep hillside in Wales or hang loose under a cliff in Scotland or Cumbria.

Caving and potholing
Head underground and find a whole new world, beneath ours. Containing some of England’s finest limestone scenery and Britain’s longest and most complex cave system, Yorkshire is a perfect way to explore some great caves and potholes. You can also weasel your way through narrow tunnels underground in Scotland or find yourself in an unspoilt cavern in Wales.

The four headlines above are the most popular mountains sports, but there are so many other cool mountain sports like coasteering, absailing, scrambling or winter sports like skiing or ice climbing etc. Find out which one is your own favourite.

This was my final part of my Extreme Sports guide. Hope you liked it and enjoy your adrenaline filled vacation in Britain. Read my previous guides by clicking the links below:

Part I – Britain by Air
Part II – Down by the riverside
Part III – Motorsport

To find more extreme sports in Britain visit our website or Enjoy England, Visit Wales or Visit Scotland.  You can also watch our film about extreme sports in Britain below and get inspired.


– Towe

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GO GREEN – take a walk!

Sustainable tourism is the thing! You can ease your conscience after flying by walking through Britain’s beautiful cities.

Did you know that it takes 16 minutes at medium pace walking from Piccadilly Circus to Hyde Park Corner and you burn approximately 70 calories?

From Piccadilly Station in  Manchester to the shopping and restaurant-area Exchange Square it takes you 15 minutes to walk. If you’re heading to Old Trafford football stadium it takes an hour but you’ll save enough calories (267) to enjoy a pint after the game.

WalkIt is a website that shows how long time it takes you to walk between different addresses in major cities in the UK. You will find out how many calories you burn and how much CO2 you save compared to taking the underground or bus! You can also choose between direct routes, less crowded routes and routes with low pollution.

 Check out WalkIt here!

Go green – go walking!

Cathrine

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No hound, but a lot of fresh air…

The Barton B&B, Belstone, Dartmoor

The Barton B&B, Belstone, Dartmoor

Dartmoor in South-Eastern England is best known for the Sherlock Holmes-novel ” Hound of the Baskervilles”, but don’t worry, you won’t meet any giant blood-thirsty dogs now!

Our holiday this year in Devon and Cornwall began in Dartmoor, and our accomodation was The Barton, in the small village of Belstone, near Okehampton on the northern edge of Dartmoor. It’s an old house with a great atmosphere, and we were welcomed with a Devon cream tea, just the right thing after the long drive from the airport. We had found The Barton on the internet and we were not disappointed.

We had planned to do some walking while we were there, and had found several websites on the subject. On the website of the Dartmoor National Park Authority you can find a diary of guided walks, lasting from 1 to 6 hours. You simply meet on a parking place at a certain time, and a guide is ready to take you around the moor for a small fee. With a guide you learn a lot of interesting facts about Dartmoor, and some funny stories as well.

If you want to walk on your own, you can find a great selection of walks on Dartmoor Walks, but be aware of sudden weather changes and the fact that Dartmoor really IS big country, and you can easily loose your sense of direction if you are not a skilled walker.

Dartmoor

Dartmoor

There are plenty of villages with pubs and tea rooms when you need a break. We had a great time in Dartmoor and warmly recommend it!

Nils

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