The Forest of Dean and Wye Valley offers some of the most gorgeous and relaxing scenery in the country, with plenty of quaint little villages and historic country pubs to discover.
However, while no list to the area would be complete without a pint in the sunshine and a leisurely afternoon country walk, there are those of us who like something a little more adventurous. Thankfully, the region is more than happy to oblige in that regard.
There are dozens of Go Ape courses littered across the country and the assault course at Mallards Pike is one of the most challenging.
This is a two or three-hour course that includes everything from rope swings and ladders to death-defying zip lines.
It’s not for the faint of heart (or those scared of heights), but it is certainly one of the best ways to spend an afternoon in the area.
Forest of Dean Adventure Bracelands
For those who have already conquered Go Ape and are looking for something a little more challenging, this site includes everything from archery to zip wires, as well as a 40-foot climbing tower.
It’s the high ropes adventure challenge that will really test your mettle though, with the leap of faith particularly one of the most daunting and rewarding active cities the region has to offer.
Speaking of zip lines, if Go Ape didn’t quite scratch that itch for you then Chepstow is home to one of the longest zip wires in the UK.
Situated over a flooded quarry 70m above ground, this thrill-seeking activity can see you reach up to 40 miles an hour. Not one to be missed if you think you can handle it.
With the amount of outdoor space and potential areas for ducking and diving, the Wye Valley is littered with action-packed paintball games.
The best of the bunch is probably the Paintball Raiders group based on Oxstalls Lane. You get a full day of games for £26 per person, though your deposit only gets you 100 paintballs.
And trust us, you’re going to need way more than that. For something a little different, meanwhile, or if you have young children to entertain, try Battlesports at Longhope, which is a much less intense laser tag game.
Kayaking on the River Wye
There are plenty of companies located up and down the river that offer a range of canoe, kayak and paddleboard experiences.
While you might think on the surface these don’t necessarily qualify as ‘adrenaline-fuelled’ activities, there are quite a few wilder sections of the river that would test even the most experienced of canoe veterans.
If you hire a kayak with Monmouth Canoes, meanwhile, you can also book an outdoor climbing session that should really get the juices flowing.
Forest of Dean Adventure Golf
An ideal way to wind down after a day spent pushing yourself to the limits, the adventure golf course is a crazy golf lover’s dream that can be enjoyed by all the family.
With its cheeky prate theming and intricate course designs, it’s a little hidden away – but is more than worth the effort if you can find it.