It’s the first day of June and, if you’re like us, you have been caught up in the whirlwind of months that have swept by. Was it not just last week that you were making a lengthy list of objectives to tackle in 2018? With resolutions a distant memory and the year flying by, maybe we’ll just wait until next January and take another swing at it then? Or maybe you’ve been checking things off left, right and centre. Either way, if you’re on the hunt for something to bring a bit of ‘wow’ to your year or give you that kick you need, look no further. We’re here to release your inner adrenaline junkie and motivate you to tick something a little bit crazy off your bucket list.
There are plenty of one-off experiences or thrill-seeking journeys you just have to try, and what better place to get ticking them off than across some of the most stunning natural coastlines and scenic terrains across the North East and Yorkshire, all in the glorious summer sunshine.
Don’t just walk the coastlines – fly by them with a kite in your hands and a board on your feet, the wind in your hair and the waves at your mercy. Once you’ve got the knack of this thrilling sport, you won’t want to stop and with lessons available at Fraisthorpe beach (Kite Surfing UK), Beadnell Bay, Bamburgh and St Aidans (Adventure Sports Beadnell) why would you?
Coasteering is liberating – scaling the rocky coastline on foot and swimming in the sea as you embrace the wondrous nature at hand. It’s challenging, rewarding and a sure way to get your heart racing. Explore the North Yorkshire coastline with Scarborough Surf School or embark on an invigorating experience of cliff jumping, rock climbing, sea level traversing and sea caving with Keswick Adventures in Northumberland.
Climbing is not only a great way to test your skill and nerve, it's also an amazing way to explore areas from a whole new perspective. Some of the UK's best limestone sport climbing and gritstone bouldering can be found in Yorkshire and across the North East. In Yorkshire, serious climbers will love Gordale Scar and nearby Malham Cove – where top British sport climber Steve McClure has undertaken landmark achievements (the climbs continue to attract some of the world's best climbers). The magnificent steep crag at Kilnsey and the wooded limestone ravine of Trow Gill are also must-scale faces. Or venture out in the North East and explore some of the most beautiful rock faces and exhilarating climbs that Northumberland has to offer, with the help of the team at Up Route.
Potentially the most thrilling of them all. Feel what it’s like to be free falling 10,000 feet, attached to a professional skydiver (who’ll keep you in check). Dive into the sky above the East Yorkshire coast with Skydive Bridlington and enjoy views over the cliffs of Flamborough Head as you follow the coastline from Whitby right down to the Humber Bridge and beyond. Or free fall over the lush green countryside near Peterlee with the Peterlee Parachute centre, who’ll show you what it’s like to soar through the sky. You might even love it so much so that you’ll learn how to give it a go solo.
This one’s a sure-fire treat for the adrenaline-junkie. Take a leap of faith as you fly and bounce through the air at breathtaking speeds from a crane. Enjoy views of the Quayside in Newcastle with Extreme Sensations, or the Ripon countryside with Jump This.
Give scuba diving a go off the North East and Yorkshire coast – where you can learn to dive for fun or get serious with a PADI certification. Once complete, you can take your newfound hobby on an adventure and give it a go in the Maldives, South Africa or in the depths of the Red Sea.
Feel freedom like never before as you hurtle down the hills on two wheels. It’s fast-paced, intense and perfect for thrill-seekers: you can embrace the open spaces, single-tracks, splendid scenery and peace, all at once. Take your bike wherever you want – some of our favourite trails are in Hamsterley Forest, the North York Moors and in the Lake District.