Budle Bay, Northumberland, England
The North East is one of the UK's best-kept kitesurfing secrets. Take alesson with KA Kitesurfing, based in Wylam, and you'll be slicing yourway through the swell in no time. If you're looking for an alternativeextreme sport, the North East England tourism site has an adventuregenerator so you can find an activity no matter what you're into.
For more, visit visitnortheastengland.com
West Sussex, England
To do this sport you need a board that looks like the love-child of a snowboard and a skateboard conceived on a drunken night out. But what it lacks in looks, it more than makes up for in thrills – strap in and you'll be spinning off jumps in a jiffy. One of UK's top mountain boarding spots is Haredown Mountain Boarding Centre in the South Downs, which has more than 20 acres of sprawling slopes to test riders of all abilities.
For more, visit haredown.com
Pease Bay, East Lothian, Scotland
For a surf experience far removed from the crowds of Newquay, head to Pease Bay on Scotland’s east coast. It's rarely packed, the waves are consistent and you're unlikely to encounter hordes of paralytic stag groups if you head out for a few beers once you've finished surfing.
For more, visit peasebay.co.uk
Jumping off cliffs into the sea, dodging seals and scrambling around rock faces – there are few sports more thrilling that coasteering. And there's nowhere better to try it than Wales's only coastal national park in Pembrokeshire, thanks to its abundance of caves, cliffs and crags.
For more, visit tyf.com
Hiding behind bushes, then firing balls of paint at people's heads, using replica machine guns. What's not to love about that? Set in 20 acres of wild woodland, Go Ballistic Gloucester is one of the UK's premier paintball sites and is home to a multitude of exhilarating battle arenas.
For more, visit paintballguide.co.uk
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