How to microadventure in the UK

Heard of a microadventure? The term was coined by adventure-explorer Alastair Humpreys and refers to an adventure that’s “short, simple, local, cheap” and sometimes as accessible as your own back yard.

As well as being heaps of fun, they tend to require minimal planning. So what’s holding you back? Get out there and explore!

Here are some microadventures for you to consider as early as this weekend…


Camp out and stargaze in your back garden

Remember when you’d set up makeshift dens and forts in the back garden as a kid? Basic, fun, and it always felt like a mini adventure. Why not replicate that feeling again? Pick a dry night. Then go alfresco, bring blankets, wrap up warm and watch the twinkly stars.

Tip: Drink hot chocolate from a thermal flask #childhoodnostalgia. Or sub for wine, depending on what you’re getting up for the next day.


Embrace the 5-9

Humphreys encourages people to embrace ‘out of work hours’ as the time to microadventure, suggesting that we’re only limited by our perception of when this type of stuff can take place. There are all those hours between leaving work at 5pm and getting into the office at 9am where you can indulge in some adventure. You just need to switch your mindset. So Google where the nearest hills are, flee the office promptly and pitch up overnight mid-week. Check out some of his recommendations here.

Tip: Bring a sleeping bag, tent, and toothbrush to work. Keep it fuss-free and simple. Have fun keeping your microadventure schtum to colleagues the next day.


Go Wildswimming

Does what it says on the tin. Discover places where you can go wild swimming in the UK and explore the beautiful pockets of nature nestled right on your doorstep. It may not be the Mediterranean Sea but hey, we’re hardy Brits, we know the drill. Get on the really wild side and go skinny-dipping (if you dare).

Tip: Definitely don’t forget your towel and hoodie.


Sunrise in Richmond Old Deer Park

If you’re lucky enough to live anywhere close to beautiful Richmond Park then it’s definitely worth sacrificing the lie in one day to experience this. Enjoy the solitude of London at dawn, and the almost ethereal scenes of deer silhouettes grazing on the Park’s lush green. You can guarantee a spectacular sunrise. Good news is that the Park’s open 24 hours for pedestrians until Nov. 

Tip: Leave your phone at home and enjoy a technology free zone. And don’t stand too close to the deer… 


Moonlight hike

Go for a walk at night. Whether it’s through fields or even just exploring your local neighbourhood after hours, appreciate how things come to life in a new way when your senses are tuned into different surroundings. Plan it mid-week or at the weekend. You can even search for groups to do this with, just Google Moonlight walk groups UK.

Tip: Leave your music at home. Listen to nature, rather than what’s on your iPod.



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