Coasteering in the UK | TOAD Outdoor Activities

Coasteering

ALSO KNOWN AS:
  • Scrambling |
  • Gorge Walking |
  • Ghyll Scrambling |

Coasteering

Have you ever wanted to run along the rocks, crags, and other features of the rugged coastlines in the UK? That’s what coasteering is all about!

Traverse a rocky coastline on foot or by swimming, without the aid of a boat, surfboard or other craft. The terrain can be incredible and the diverse obstacles you’ll be conquering around the coast will give you the adventure of a lifetime. All this while facing a breathtaking ocean view!

Coasteering can be hard to define as it encompasses a variety of exciting activities. These include swimming, in either calm or rough waters with assistance from a lifejacket; climbing, canyonying and sea level traversing, usually above deep water for safety; and jumping or diving, one of the most thrilling parts of coasteering.

However, the defining factor of coasteering is the ‘impact zone’ where water, waves, rocks and gullies come together. The route will differ depending on conditions on the day and can involve swimming, jumping, climbing and scrambling.

Originally used as a method of accessing a cut-off cove beyond a headland, the activity became popular in the 1990s and soon spread to all regions of the UK with suitable rocky coasts, including Cornwall, Pembrokeshire, Anglesey and the Highlands and Isles of Scotland.

Generally, coasteering involves half-day or one-day trips, and can cater for for beginners, intermediates and advanced individuals. There are plenty of trips that are specifically focussed towards study of coastal ecology.

Coasteering guides are experts at knowing exactly how to deal with whatever conditions they encounter along the way and are able to teach participants about the areas they are discovering. It is not advisable to take on this activity alone without professional guidance, due to its adventurous nature. Coasteering is a guided activity that’s usually done in groups for safety reasons. Don’t worry about slowing people down, the guides make sure to set a pace that everyone can follow without struggling too much.

Participants will need only the basics before embarking on a trip, including a wetsuit, shoes and gloves with grip, a buoyancy aid and a helmet. So get a group together, or go alone, and head to one of the destinations below to try your hand at coasteering.

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Isle of Wight Sea Kayaking
The Sandpipers
Freshwater, Isle of Wight
DISTANCE: 83.69 Miles
ACTIVITIES: Archery, Canoeing, Coasteering, Kayaking, Mountain Boarding, Sea Kayaking, Stand Up Paddleboarding,...
Jersey Odyssey
Holmfield Avenue La Route des Genets St Brelade
DISTANCE: 94.58 Miles
ACTIVITIES: Banana Boat Rides, Bodyboarding, Skydiving, Surfing, Wakeboarding, Water Skiing, Windsurfing,...
Jurassic Coast Activities
10 Bowleaze Coveway
Weymouth, Dorset
DISTANCE: 117.21 Miles
ACTIVITIES: Kayaking, Sea Kayaking, Coasteering...
Ultimate Activity Company
Symondsbury 5 Barton Road
Hereford, Herefordshire
DISTANCE: 117.39 Miles
ACTIVITIES: Abseiling, Archery, Bushcraft Course, Canoeing, Climbing, Coasteering, Gorge Walking, Hiking,...
Blue Mountain Outdoor Activities
79 New Road
Chesterfield, Derbyshire
DISTANCE: 129.09 Miles
ACTIVITIES: Abseiling, Canoeing, Caving, Climbing, Coasteering, Gorge Walking, High Ropes Courses, Hiking,...
Exmoor Adventures
Exmoor Adventures Flat 2
Minehead, Somerset
DISTANCE: 151.37 Miles
ACTIVITIES: Archery, Canoeing, Climbing, Coasteering, Kayaking, Mountain Biking, Raft Building...
Quest Adventures
49 New Road
Porthcawl, Mid Glamorgan
DISTANCE: 153.94 Miles
ACTIVITIES: Abseiling, Bushcraft Course, Climbing, Coasteering, Gorge Walking, Hiking, Kayaking, Orienteering,...
Cressys Surf Academy
16 Heol Y Cwrt North Cornelly
Nr Porthcawl, Mid Glamorgan
DISTANCE: 154.04 Miles
ACTIVITIES: Abseiling, Canoeing, Climbing, Coasteering, Gorge Walking, Kayaking, Rafting, River Bugs, Surfing...
Haven Banks
61 Haven Road
Exeter, Devon
DISTANCE: 157.76 Miles
ACTIVITIES: Powerboating, Sailing Schools, Canoeing, Kayaking, Archery, Bell Boating, Climbing, Climbing Wall,...
Antur Adventure
34 Cathedral Way
Port Talbot, West Glamorgan
DISTANCE: 158.73 Miles
ACTIVITIES: Climbing, Coasteering, Gorge Walking, Hiking...
Pro Active Adventure
Tyn Dwr Hall
Llangollen, Clwyd
DISTANCE: 162.45 Miles
ACTIVITIES: Abseiling, Canoeing, Caving, Climbing, Coasteering, Gorge Walking, Hiking, Kayaking,...
Dynamic Rock
Swansea Indoor Climbing Centre 16-18 Hebron Road
Swansea, West Glamorgan
DISTANCE: 162.66 Miles
ACTIVITIES: Abseiling, Bouldering, Climbing, Coasteering, Gorge Walking, Indoor Climbing...
Adventurous Experiences
The Shack Billabrooie||Patrick Road St Johns
Isle of Man, Isle of Man
DISTANCE: 166.27 Miles
ACTIVITIES: Climbing, Bushcraft Course, Sea Kayaking, Gorge Walking, Coasteering, Navigation Courses...
Adelong Outdoor Education
5 Elliott Grove
Brixham, Devon
DISTANCE: 167.16 Miles
ACTIVITIES: Abseiling, Canoeing, Caving, Climbing, Coasteering, Gorge Walking, Indoor Climbing, Kayaking...
Fremington Adventure Centre Ltd
EBO Adventure Ltd Fremington Training Camp
Barnstaple, Devon
DISTANCE: 175.61 Miles
ACTIVITIES: Abseiling, Bushcraft Course, Canoeing, Climbing, Coasteering, Kayaking, Kite Surfing, Kiting,...

 

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