For many, the United Kingdom is a cute and fluffy country where the most dangerous predators are the noble badger and marauding packs of Morris Dancers. Dig a little deeper, however, and you soon discover wild mountains, wilder waters and some of the most spectacular coastline imaginable, all just waiting to be explored.

So if you’re looking for a real adventure and want to stay close to home, then here are just some of the awesome adventure weekends taking place in the UK right now, all requiring just 0-3 days off work.

1) Conquer Ben Nevis and Learn Winter Mountain Skills


Ascend the UK’s highest mountain via its lesser-climbed north face and learn all the skills necessary to survive in these testing conditions – mountain navigation, avalanche avoidance and how to make an emergency shelter – before putting your newfound abilities to the test by tackling the 1,345-metre high summit.

Don’t miss: Crossing the knife-edge ridge of the Carn Mor Dearg (CMD) arête, see above ^.

How to get there: Fly To Inverness Check flights or Glasgow Check flights and then get the train to Fort William.

Days off work: Half a day

2) The Snowdon Challenge


Cycle 17km through the heart of the Snowdonia National Park and then climb to the 1,085-metre high summit of Mount Snowdon itself – the highest mountain in Wales. From there you’ll descend the Llanberis Path for a 4 km kayak around Llyn Padarn, a glacial lake fed by the mountain you just conquered and claim a victory glass of champagne – all in just 12 hours.

Don’t miss: The view from the top of Mount Snowdon. What’s that in the distance? Oh, right, that would be Ireland.

How to get there: Get the train to Bangor Station where your guide will be waiting for you.

Days off work: 0

3) Learn Coastal Survival Skills in Scotland


Travel to the wildest and least-inhabited part of the UK and unleash your inner Bear Grylls on a remote Scottish island. You’ll chart a course down the narrow sea channel and national scenic area of the Kyles of Bute, forage and hunt for food and then wild camp on a golden beach as you cook it all up over a roaring campfire.

Don’t miss: Returning to the mainland the fast way – full throttle in a speedboat.

How to get there: Fly to Glasgow. Check flights and then drive or get the train to Largs Station.

Days off work: 1

4) Isle of Skye Adventure Photography Workshop


Visit one of the world’s most photogenic landscapes – the wild and rugged Isle of Skye – and learn how to perfectly capture it alongside an award-winning photographer. You’ll hike across the island to discover lochs, waterfalls, dramatic plateaus and ancient castles, explore its famously mist covered hills and photograph the local wildlife and famous landmarks like the coastal monolith of the Old Man of Storr.

Don’t miss: The unforgettable coastal scenery of the Quiraing.

How to get there: Fly to Inverness Check flights.

Days off work: 1

5)The Welsh 15 Peaks Challenge


Claim the fifteen highest peaks in Wales, including no less than seven on your first day alone as you hike, climb and scramble across the Carneddau, Glyders and Snowdon ranges. You’ll ascend narrow ridges between high peaks, pass the haunting rock formation known as the Castle of the Wind and learn how to navigate using only a map and compass, finishing on the 1,085-metre summit of Mount Snowdon itself.

Don’t miss: 15 mountains. 4,000m of altitude gain. One incredible weekend.

How to get there: Take the train to Bangor Station and then catch a taxi for the last twenty minutes to the town of Caernarfon.

Days off work: 1

6) Rafting, Canyoning and Whisky Tasting in the Scottish Highlands


Starting in the birch forests of the Findhorn Glen, you’ll raft Scotland’s fastest-flowing river as it pours out of the Monadhliath Mountains, navigate the intense waters of Randolph’s Leap and paddle tranquil areas where you can unwind and enjoy the scenery, before relaxing around the barbeque as you take a guided walk through a choice of 150 Scotch whiskies.

Don’t miss: Abseiling down a 45-foot corkscrew waterfall.

How to get there: Drive or fly to Inverness Check flights and then take the train to Forres Station where your guide will be waiting for you.

Days off work: 0

7) Sea Kayak, Forage, Fish and Wild Camp the Pembrokeshire Coastline


Live off the land as you kayak around some of the most rugged and beautiful coastline in Britain. You’ll paddle past limestone cliffs and crumbling sea stacks, see colonies of cormorants and seals, learn ancient bush skills and then set up camp on a secluded beach where you’ll cook up the day’s fishing haul into a delicious meal over the campfire.

Don’t miss: Being able to say, ‘I only eat what I catch with my own hands.’

How to get there: Drive direct, or fly to Cardiff Check flights and then hire a car for the last stretch to St David’s in Pembrokeshire.

Days off work: 2

8) Learn to Rock Climb in the Yorkshire Dales


Travel to a part of Britain they call ‘God’s own country’ and learn how to rock climb on some of the most photogenic challenges in Yorkshire. You’ll be taught rope-work, belaying, basic knots, climbing communication, guidebook interpretation and how to safely use your equipment by qualified instructors, and then put your lessons into action on a variety of limestone and gritstone rock faces.

Don’t miss: Reaching the top and suddenly understanding how the county got its nickname.

How to get there: The easiest way is to drive to the town of Ingleton  – your base for the weekend.

Days off work: 1

9) Surf, Coasteer and Wild Camp in Cornwall


Learn to catch waves, swim, cliff-jump and then throw axes at perfectly innocent target rings on an action-packed weekend in Cornwall. You’ll wake up surrounded by peaceful woodland, surf Fistral and Towan Beach, navigate a rugged headland by any means necessary, learn bushcraft skills and then spend the night in a luxury bell tent.

Don’t miss: That first, beautiful surf of the day.

How to get there: Drive, get the train, or fly to Newquay Check flights.

Days off work: 0

10) Learn to Freedive


Explore sunken ships and learn all the skills needed to freedive – first in the classroom, then in the pool, then finally in Vobster Quay, an abandoned quarry filled with fresh spring water and a host of weird and wonderful things to discover. At the end of it all you’ll walk away with a certificate and dive card to prove your skills.

Don’t miss: Finding an abandoned aircraft using nothing but a layer of neoprene.

How to get there: Drive or get the train to Frome Station.

Days off work: 0

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