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THE BEST UK SUMMER ADVENTURES TO TAKE ON WITH FRIENDS INΒ 2023
As we head into the summer months, we wanted to share four of the best Summer Adventures to take on in 2023. From Wild Camping to engaging with nature through eco therapy here are some ideas to make the most of theΒ outdoors.
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1. TRY COASTEERING
Coasteering is a thrilling and exhilarating adventure activity that combines elements of rock climbing, swimming, and cliff jumping along rugged coastline. It offers an adrenaline-packed experience like no other, making it a must-try activity for outdoor enthusiasts and adventure seekers.

During a coasteering session, expect to navigate your way through a series of natural obstacles such as rocky cliffs, sea caves, and tidal zones, using a combination of swimming, climbing, and scrambling techniques. On top of the fun workout, coasteering also provides the opportunity to explore hidden coastal gems, witness stunning marine life, and immerse yourself in the raw beauty of the shoreline.

Furthermore, coasteering provides an excellent opportunity to build physical fitness, endurance, and mental resilience. The activity challenges you to overcome your fears, develop problem-solving skills, and work as a team. It promotes a sense of personal growth and pushes individuals beyond their comfort zones, leaving you feeling more confident and with a deeper appreciation for nature.
2. TAKE ON THE THREE PEAKS CHALLENGE
Perhaps you’re looking for more of a challenge this summer? If so, the Three Peaks Challenge is one that will not allow you to take on three of the UK’s most spectacular mountains but also provide you with a test of your physical endurance and mental fortitude.

The Three Peaks Challenge is a popular adventure activity in the UK that involves climbing the highest peaks of Scotland, England, and Wales within 24 hours. The challenge, which sees around 20,000 – 30,000 attempts each year, requires participants to summit the three mountains: Ben Nevis in Scotland (4,411 feet), Scafell Pike in England (3,209 feet), and Snowdon (Yr Wyddfa) in Wales (3,560 feet).

Typically, participants start with Ben Nevis, then travel to Scafell Pike, and finally make their way to Snowdon. The challenge involves a considerable amount of driving between the mountains, so efficient planning and coordination are crucial – it's for this reason that it's recommended to recruit a friend as a driver, who doesn’t climb, to help ferry you between the three peaks.

The Three Peaks Challenge is a physically demanding activity that requires stamina, hiking experience, and careful preparation. It attracts adventurers, charity fundraisers, and outdoor enthusiasts who enjoy testing their limits while experiencing the natural beauty of these three iconic mountains.
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3. CONNECT WITH NATURE THROUGH SOME ECOTHERAPY WITH FRIENDS
Ecotherapy, also known as nature therapy or green therapy, is a therapeutic approach that emphasizes the beneficial effects of nature on mental and physical well-being. It involves engaging in activities in natural environments as a means of promoting healing, reducing stress, and improving overall mental health.

The concept of ecotherapy is based on the belief that humans have an inherent connection to nature and that spending time in natural surroundings can have a positive impact on our psychological state. It recognizes that modern lifestyles, which often involve excessive screen time, urban living, and limited exposure to nature, can contribute to stress, anxiety, and other mental health issues. Ecotherapy can take various forms, including:

- Nature walks or hikes: Engaging in guided or independent walks or hikes in natural settings, such as
forests, parks, or mountains, to promote relaxation and reduce stress.
- Gardening or horticulture therapy: Participating in gardening activities, such as planting, tending to plants, or creating a garden space, to connect with nature and find solace in nurturing living things.
- Animal-assisted therapy: Involving interactions with animals, such as therapy dogs or horses, to enhance emotional well-being and provide a sense of companionship and support.
- Wilderness therapy: Undertaking outdoor adventures or expeditions, often in group settings, to promote personal growth, self-reflection, and self-esteem through challenging experiences in nature.
- Outdoor mindfulness or meditation: Practicing mindfulness or meditation techniques in natural environments, such as forests or beaches, to promote relaxation, awareness, and grounding.

It's important to note that ecotherapy should be conducted under the guidance of trained professionals who understand the therapeutic principles and can provide appropriate support and guidance throughout the process.
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4. GO ON A HIKE WITH THE HIKE SOCIETY AND BRING YOUR FRIENDS ALONG
If you and your friends are new to hiking, or perhaps you’ve got bored of doing the same hikes over and over, then The Hike Society by Columbia offers a great chance to check out new routes and make some new friends too! Hikes are organised by approved Hike Society Ambassadors, who also act as your guide on the day, and are completely free to attend. The hikes take place throughout the year and are held all over the UK.

You can find out when the next hike is taking place by heading to the Hike Society Hub.