18 Adventures for 2018
With Christmas comes new year and the excitement of dreaming up all of your adventures for the next 12 months. Inject a whole load of outdoor fun time into your 2018 with these 18 adventurous ideas. That’s a Mega adventure every 8 weeks and a Micro adventure each month to make it the best year yet!
1. Hike one of the UK’s long distance trails
Britain has plenty of long distance trails travelling through some amazing scenary. With varying lengths and difficulty there are trails for everyone. Think the west highland way, Thames Path or the Welsh Coastal path. Alternativly maybe pick one that’s less trodden like some of these.
2. Spend a weekend hiking and searching for hidden wild swimming spots
With our national parks boasting some amazing wild swim spots this would be a great way to spend a summer weekend. Throw your kit on your back, book somewhere warm to bunk down in the evening and then head out in search of hidden swimming gems.
3. Book onto a course to learn new skills
This one is personal. What have you always wanted to have a go at? Whether it be a day learning to canoe white water or taking the plunge with your Mountain Leader training. Pick something and find a course, there’s something for all abilities and levels of experience all over the country and you never know where that next step could lead to.
4. Climb a mountain
preferably the biggest one, or the quietest one. Just make it last at least all day, maybe 2.
5. Book a flight based on it’s price and explore somewhere new
You can search various flight companies according to price. pick one that appeals, head out there with a small rucksack and see where it takes you; local trails, amazing food, weird museums with skulls in the walls. You get the idea.
6. hire a canoe and travel through the remote wilderness for a few days
We’re talking across lochs or down navigable waterways. if you want the true wild experience, take everything with you and find a spot to camp each night, if you like a bit more luxury pick a waterway with a few places to stop en-route.
7. Enter a Trail race
Whether it’s a muddy 5K with your dog or an Ultra. Running trails gets you into some amazing places as does the trailing for it, which makes you explore your local area in a whole new way.
8. Go to your Local train station, get the train 2/3 stations and then walk/run/cycle home
A Saurday activity with the kids or a whole weekend, it’s really upto you and the area you live in. Just plan your route back through as much countryside as you can. Follow Canals and rivers and maybe stop off at a public house or two.
9. Find your local wild swim spot and take the plunge after work.
Quick swim after work? Yes please! This is a great way to blow off steam after a stressful day in the office.
10. Pack a hot flask and a fully charged head torch, hike out to the middle of nowhere and look at the stars
Throw a blanket down and gaze up at the stars. Head out on a night when a meteor shower is taking place and enjoy the amazing show.
11. Wake up early, climb the closest hill/mountain before dawn and watch the sun come up.
Need we say more? If you’ve never done this it needs t be on your 2018 to do list. Nothing beats starting the day than watching the sun come up over the horizon and turning the country a beautiful shade of orange.
12. Head down to your local canoe club and try a new sport for a session or 2. You may discover a new hobby!
There are local clubs all over the country (find one here), most of which have sessions for beginners to get involved and try the sport in a safe environment. They all have coaches that can show the ropes and if you chose to keep going along some brilliant trips on local and national waterways.
13.Head to the Beach and toast marshmallows over an open fire after a swim in the sea.
Whether you like to surf, body board or just flail around in the waves, There’s no better way, in our opinion, to spend a day at the beach. Grab some good friends, your wetsuit or swim suit and head to your local patch of coast. Cook Sausages, toast marshmallows, drink tea and have a good old catch up around a campfire, just remember to practice leaving no trace.
14. Finish work, Hike into the hills, camp out and then head to work the next day.
Whether your choice is a bivvy bag, a tent or just a night under the stars in your sleeping bag, this takes minimal planning and has maximum adventure points. Make the most of the longer evenings with a longer hike in, a yummy dinner cooked on the camp stove and see where the evening goes; Think wild swim, night walk, star gazing or deep conversation.
15. Sleep in a hammock, In the woods, under the light of the moon.
This one is high on our 2018 list of things to do. It’s pretty self explanatory but i’d great to do it as part of a journey or camp trip.
16. Book onto a taster course at your local climbing wall.
Or take it a step further and ask them about their Intro to climbing courses and make it a weekly event. Whether you just want to have a laugh with friends, conquer a fear of heights or find a new passion everyone has to do it at least once!
17. Swap dinner in the house for dinner on a blanket somewhere remote
Dinner picnic! Whether it’s a romantic one with your partner or a child friendly evening adventure, throw something yummy into a bag and find a secluded spot for a spot of a La Carte dining.
18. Walk or cycle a journey you’d usually drive
Whether it be to work and back, to a friend or family members, or just to get your weekly shopping. You can always bus back if it’s a long way. Think of all the amazing places you just drive through everyday. Journey slowly through them and shake up your routine as well as your view of the place you live.
What adventures have you got planned for the coming year?