Top 10 Adrenaline Rush Activities for Adults

When it comes to passing time and making the most of life, mankind has developed some seriously exciting hobbies. Whether you’re a lover of sports, arts, D.I.Y. or outdoor exploration, there are a multitude of ways to get your fix. Here at Honister Slate, we’re fans of the more adventurous side of life.

Undeniably, the most thrilling pastimes are those designed to get your adrenaline pumping. Sure, heart-racing activities aren’t for everyone, but for those who enjoy living life on the edge, there’s nothing quite like it. Here in the UK, we’re fortunate to have an abundance of choice regarding recreational activities. What’s more, our vast natural landscapes and scenic environments mean that the views are often second to none.

Whether you’re an adrenaline junkie through and through or simply looking to dip your toes, there are so many options to choose from. Read on to discover our top 10 adrenaline-fuelled activities for adults.


First up on our list is an obvious choice. Skydiving is often viewed as the crème de la crème of adrenaline activities, and for good reason. Packing a parachute and hurling yourself out of a plane 10,000 feet above the ground is certainly not for the faint of heart.

Although the freefall only lasts around a minute, the rush is enough to get many addicted to the sport, booking jump after jump for that incredible view and high-adrenaline feeling.

Bungee Jumping

Another equally thrilling activity is bungee jumping. This death-defying pastime was first invented in Bristol and, since then, has become contagiously popular across the world. Today, it is one of the most easily-accessible adrenaline sports on the planet.

During a bungee jump, participants jump from a high point, with a harness and bungee cord to break their fall at the last minute. Jumps are performed from a range of locations, including bridges, cranes and even cliff edges!

Via Ferrata

Moving on from activities that involve throwing oneself off or out of things, Via Ferrata is a popular adrenaline-based activity across Europe. Deriving from the Italian for ‘Iron Way’, this climbing-based adventure involves navigating a mountain route equipped with fixed ladders, cables and bridges. What’s more, thanks to the predetermined path and cables, Via Ferrata is suitable for a range of abilities.

Here at Honister Slate, we’re home to two adrenaline-fuelled Via Ferrata adventures, complete with jaw-dropping views, heart-racing heights and exciting obstacles. For first-time thrill-seekers, aged 10 and over, our award-winning Via Ferrata Classic route is perfect. Or, if you fancy really testing your head for heights, challenge yourself to our Via Ferrata Xtreme adventure. The best part is that no prior experience is required for either!

Adventure Trails & Mountain Passes

Continuing with the theme of outdoor exploration, adventure trails and mountain passes are the perfect way to get your blood pumping and fill your lungs with fresh air. While this may not seem as terrifying as jumping from a plane, there are a multitude of mountain paths and all-terrain adventures to be had here in the UK. Even with the right guidance and proper preparation, mountaineering can prove incredibly challenging, perfect for adrenaline-seekers on the hunt for their next adventure.

High-Wire Bridges

This activity is certainly not for those with a fear of heights; high-wire bridges will test even the strongest of nerves. As the name suggests, this activity involved crossing a wire, suspended hundreds of feet above the ground. If you’re looking to test your head for heights, this is the way to go.

Moreover, here at Honister Slate, we’re proud to offer the longest high-wire bridge in Europe! Our Infinity Bridge is suspended a terrifying 1,000 feet above sea level and provides a truly magnificent view of Honister Pass. For those looking for a real challenge accompanied by a long-lasting sense of achievement, our Infinity Bridge is a sure choice.

Cliff Camping

If we described camping as an adrenaline-fuelled activity, you’d call us crazy. How about abseiling down the side of a cliff before camping 500 feet above the ground, suspended by rope and harnesses? Now we’re talking. With a sleeping bag, harness and portaledge, cliff camping is one of the most exciting ways to spend a night.

If this sounds like a welcome change from a damp field and soggy feet, check out the Cliff Camping opportunities here at Honister Slate. We offer an experience like no other, complete with food hampers, sunrises and a famous Borrowdale bacon buttie to finish.


Next on our list is a little water-based adventure. There’s no denying that being thrown around a watercourse or river in a raft or dinghy is sure to get your blood pumping. Whitewaters are famously unforgiving, so this demanding activity requires commitment and an iron will.

What’s more, white water rafting is a brilliant activity for UK-based adrenaline junkies, with unbeatable opportunities across England, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales.

Rock Climbing

Number 8 on our list is rock climbing. This adrenaline-filled sport has experienced a huge surge in popularity over the past few years, with individuals across the globe chalking up and heading for their nearest climbing centre or outdoor climbing spot. There are various forms of rock climbing, with bouldering, big wall, sport and traditional. Each of which demands expert technique and physical ability.

Beginners often feel most comfortable learning the ropes in a purpose-built climbing centre, whereas experienced climbers and adrenaline junkies will take to mighty cliffs to conquer death-defying routes.

Mountain Biking

Next up, we thought we’d throw in a little bike-based excitement for the cyclists out there. Here in the UK, mountain biking is one of the most accessible and popular outdoor activities. Whether you’re a seasoned pro or just getting started, nothing compares to the feeling of speeding down a hill or through dense woodland trails.

Of course, it goes without saying that all extreme sports are accompanied by their own risks, so wearing the correct protective gear is essential. Once you’re suited and booted, however, you’re ready to tackle that downhill challenge!


Finally, those on a quest for a truly unique experience may find that canyoning is the activity for them. This form of mountaineering involved navigating steep canyons using a range of techniques. Climbing, abseiling, scrambling, swimming and jumping are among the many exhilarating skills involved in the activity.

Here at Honister Slate, our Canyoning adventure is a must for thrill seekers and team builders alike. This activity takes place in the heart of the magnificent Lake District National Park and gives participants the opportunity to take part in nature’s own waterpark, navigating waterfalls, rock faces and mountainscapes.

What’s more, our canyoning trips are suitable for anyone over the age of 10, with a decent level of fitness and a willingness to push their boundaries and step a little outside of their comfort zone. Discover all that our canyoning adventures have to offer today.

High Adrenaline Activities At Honister Slate

Here at Honister Slate, we consider ourselves adrenaline connoisseurs. When it comes to heart-racing, knee-trembling fun, we’re fully equipped. If you’re on the search for high-altitude fun in the centre of the lake district, look no further.

We’re proud to host a number of activities that are perfect for families, team building and educational purposes. From Via Ferrata Xtreme and our Infinity Bridge to Cliff Camping and Canyoning, what better way to get your adrenaline fix than surrounded by nature?

To discover our range of packages, including the all-day and adrenaline pass, visit our site. Please feel free to contact us to discuss any of our adventures or make a booking.

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