Hiking --- EnglandBy Sarah Oxley

Visiting museums, trekking through famous cities is a great way to spend your holidays, but after a few holidays like this you may be looking for a holiday that can combine discovery of new places with some adrenaline.

This doesn’t mean you need to book a bungee jump for the whole family, unless of course you really want to. The UK has some great cities like London, Liverpool, Leeds, Manchester, but it also has a great countryside, some of the most famous being the Lake District and Yorkshire Moors just to name a few. A great and affordable way to make the most of your trip to the UK is to combine touring the cities with touring the countryside.

There’s a vast amount of family youth hostels in the UK, and many of them are close to some great family activity places. I’d like to introduce you to two of the main activity places.

climbing ---- EnglandAmbleside

Ambleside is known as the adventure capital of Cumbria, which is in the Northwest of England. It’s an ideal location for exploring the Lake District and offers hiking, mountain biking, and climbing as well as a variety of watersports including canoeing and kayaking, sailing and even waterskiing and waterboarding. If you’re looking for something new for the family to try out, then ask the youth hostel in Ambleside about ghyll scrambling opportunities.

In ghyll scrambling you work your way up, along, and across a gorge which has a tumbling mountain river. You can climb waterfalls and rock faces, hop from boulder to boulder, slide down rock chutes and even jump into pools of water from up to eight metres high. It’s all done under supervision, and you have the option to skip an obstacle if you don’t like the look of it. The water generally doesn’t go above waist level, apart from the jump into the water pool, so you needn’t be a strong swimmer to partake, making it a fun activity for the whole family.

Edale

The youth hostel in Edale found in the East of England is also famous for its many activities. At Edale you can give kayaking, canoeing, climbing and abseiling a try, but there’s also the opportunity to try out orienteering and caving. Caving, also known as weaselling, is about climbing, sliding and squeezing your way through a cluster of caves found within a hillside. Like ghyll scrambling it’s done under supervision, and is suitable for all ages and even those with a fear of heights, although it is unsuitable for people suffering from claustrophobia. Supervisors assist you through the caves, but there’s more than one way to get through any obstacle, so you get the chance to discover your preferred caving style.

High Ropes is another option at Edale, although unsuitable for people afraid of heights. It is a jungle adventure the whole family will enjoy. You work your way through an obstacle course, which is high up within the tree crowns with ropes to guide you along. Wooden and tier bridges start you off with the occasional Tarzan style swing from tree to tree required. As safety ropes are in place there’s no need to worry about missing your step.

These are just two of the activity hotspots for families to discover in the UK. If this has taken your fancy then take a closer look at family activity holidays in the UK.

About the Author

This article was written by Sarah Oxley on behalf of YHA, formerly known as the youth hostel association. YHA offer family friendly and quality accommodation all across the UK.

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