1. Try your hand at cable waterskiing
An electric cable instead of a boat tows you around the water at Rother Valley Country Park near Rotherham – this park is one of the few places in the country to offer cable waterskiing.
The “ski-lift” pulls up to eight waterskiers or wakeboarders at intervals around the shallow waters. Speeds vary from 16 miles/hr (beginners) to 36 miles/hr (experts). It’s environmentally friendly, and costs a fraction of what you’d pay for speedboat-towed skiing.
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2. Push your boundaries with a Via Ferrata route
Originally invented by the Italians to move troops around the Alps, Via Ferrata – meaning “iron road” – centres have spread across the world. In Yorkshire, the Via Ferrata at How Stean Gorge is the place for adrenalin junkies.
One of just a handful in England, it offers a lengthy scramble along the chasm using fixed beams, cables and ladders. “Iron Way” courses that are put on in the gorge involve expert-accompanied wading through waterfalls, rock traversing, abseiling, scrambling up ladders and along beams, with your very own DVD of the experience recorded on the guide’s head-cam. It’s invigorating (or insane) depending on your point of view.
3. Mush with huskies across the Moors
You don’t need snow for this husky-trekking – you can become a “musher” on grass at Pesky Husky in Staintondale between Scarborough and Whitby. Learn to drive your own team of dogs or, if you’re feeling a little less energetic, opt for a gentle hike through the North York Moors with some canine companions instead.
4. Fuel your adrenaline with a mountain boarding session
This is snowboarding – but not as you know it. This version uses boards with four wheels to whizz up and over the rocks and there’s not a snowflake in sight. Try it at Another World Mountain boarding centre in the hills above Ogden Reservoir north of Halifax.