Bear Grylls

Bear Grylls reveals his 10 favourite adventures in Britain

Author: Bear Grylls

Bear Grylls is probably best known for his survival exploits on his various TV shows, taking him to the most exotic corners of the planet. But he also spends much of his time exploring on British shores, from the dramatic coastal regions to the rugged mountainous areas.

Now, he has teamed up with VisitBritain to support their ‘Home of Amazing Moments’ campaign, promoting the incredible experiences available in the United Kingdom.

“We truly live in the most beautiful country… spectacular and always beautiful,” Bear said. “And it’s where I learnt so many of the skills I use on adventures around the world. I hope you enjoy this home that I am so proud of and share your amazing adventures in Britain using #OMGB.”

So, without further ado, here are Bear Grylls 10 most amazing experiences in Britain.

1. Climbing Ben Nevis in the Scottish Highlands

Ben Nevis, ScotlandPhoto: Martin_vmorris

I’ve spent much time here, scaling the highest mountain in Britain, and it’s where my dad learnt to climb!

2. Paragliding around the Sugar Loaf peak in the Black Mountains, Wales

Sugar Loaf peak, WalesPhoto: Florianlaguntzaile

One of my favourite things has to be flying around in my powered paraglider, riding the winds and soaring through the mountains near my Welsh home.

3. Reaching the summit of Pen y Fan in the Brecon Beacons National Park, Wales

Pen y Fan, WalesPhoto: Robert J Heath

The views from the highest summit in south Wales are so impressive and I love the little lake under the north face, half way up the mountain.

4. Enjoying the isolation of Ben Loyal in the Scottish Highlands

Ben LoyalPhoto: David McGregor

This is my favourite mountain in Britain, on the north coast of Scotland, and where I met my wife Shara!

5. Climbing and caving at Malham Cove in the Yorkshire Dales, England

Malham CovePhoto: Bear Grylls Ventures

The Yorkshire Dales are amazing and have been shaped by some fierce forces of nature, including this inspiring limestone formation that you can get inside… and up on top of!

6. The views from Skiddaw in the Lake District National Park, England

Skiddaw, Lake DistrictPhoto: Bear Grylls Ventures

This is the first mountain I climbed with my wife Shara. It’s one of the largest fells in the Lake District and the walk up from Keswick has superb vistas.

7. Exploring the Llŷn Peninsula Coastal Path, Wales

The Llŷn Peninsula, WalesPhoto: Bear Grylls Ventures

Chilling out in Wales, lying in the long grass, with Shara and our three boys beside me – this is when I am happiest. The rest of our year is so busy, so we tend to holiday just us as a family on our small island hideaway in Wales, where we have limited communication and no mains power or water. This nearby coastal walk, also known as the Edge of Wales Walk, is spectacular.

8. Sea cliff climbing at Culver Downs, Isle of Wight

Culver DownsPhoto: Isle of White

I used to run up to Yarborough Monument here when I was training for the military, and some of my earliest, fondest memories are of making boats and learning to climb with my dad on the sea cliffs. These were the foundation stones for all my love for adventure, and that closeness with him.

9. Snowdon by foot – not train! Snowdonia, Wales

Hiking Snowdon

Adventure is at the heart of what we love as a family and hiking in stunning Snowdonia is a favourite. We also have a few of our Survival Academies nearby.

10. Scrambling in The Cuillin mountains on the Isle of Skye, Scotland

Climbing Cuillin RidgePhoto: Thierry Gregorius

These rocky mountains – where I guided Hollywood actor Ben Stiller for my TV show Bear’s Wild Weekends – are widely considered the most challenging and rugged terrain in Britain.

Preview photo: Bear Grylls Ventures