One of your best options for exploring middle and northern England, as well as the many natural wonders of neighboring Wales, Manchester may just be that hub from which you have the trip of a lifetime. Whether you are pursuing activities like bungee jumping and BMX'ing near the city or looking to get swept up in whitewater rafting and ice-climbing in Wales, the avenues for more extreme adventurers are well-documented. For the leisurely adventurer, there are a few parks in the city limits and a handful of nationally renowned nature areas only a day trip away.
For those of you who need a burst of adrenaline with their coffee in the morning, there is a transporter bridge bungee jump over the River Tees in nearby Middlesborough that should get you through your day. Head over to the National Cycling Centre if you've ever wanted to try BMX or a velodrome circuit, otherwise set out for Heaton Park just north of Manchester. It's your best chance at a bit of open space and a great view of the city, and it also has a boating lake and a golf course.
Manchester, although a lively and exciting city, is best for an adventure traveler when left behind. There are a small number of national parks in the area; this is made up for the fact that each is quite large and inclusive. Under an hour to the east is the Peak District, which is a haven for cavers and rock climbers and provides plenty of hiking trails for the rest. Then again, if you're looking for a bit of elevation or water-based excitement, travel north to the largest national park in England, the Lake District. There is an incredible network of walks to be had in these low-lying mountains (colloquially known as “fells”), as well as a plethora of England's glacially carved lakes upon which boating and other leisure activities can be had in profundity. East from here and still well within a day trip if you're inclined, is one of the country's most popular national parks during the summer, the Yorkshire Dales. Here, distant, rolling vistas and sparkling waterfalls rule the day, although a wide range of leisure activities can be had in the park's broad confines.
Perhaps the most intriguing part of Manchester is its proximity to the wild landscapes of north Wales. Particularly the massive climbing and hiking paradise that is Snowdonia National Park. There is an incredibly high concentration of climbing points, as well as a vast collection of trails that are worth the challenge in any season. The National Whitewater Centre can be found in the area as well, a course of level III and IV rapids on the Tryweryn River. For the United Kingdom at its most grandiose and beautiful, this is where you need to be.
For further information on what can be found around Manchester and more details on each of the activities listed, take a look through our activity pages or converse with our community. You'll find that Manchester just may be the adventure you're looking for.