According to Lonely Planet’s new Great Adventures guide, a day of rowing on the River Thames is just as thrilling as cycling in the Himalayan mountains, going to Uganda to track mountain gorillas and visiting South Africa for some diving with sharks. This new guide compiles the best adventures in the world, and kayaking/rowing on the Thames made that list.
Lonely Planet was established in 1973 and is the leading travel content provider in the world. Its new Great Adventures is an inspirational book that showcases several exciting activities from around the world. These thrilling experiences are laid out in nine chapters: Water, Dive, Hike, Climb, Bike, Drive, Animals, Above & Below, and Ice & Snow. Each adventure has more than four pages of images and details that include information on how to make it happen, related reading and alternative challenges. This guide was released yesterday for £29.99 and follows the success of last year’s Great Journeys.
Lonely Planet describes rowing on the Thames as “like sitting on a conveyor belt” and watching history float by from both sides. It recommends that rowing journeys start in Lechlade, Gloucestershire and follow the example of Three Men in a Boat by Jerome K. Jerome by using a skiff (small boats used for leisure or fishing). This adventure is featured among 15 other water experiences, including tracing the source of the Nile, rafting the Amazon and kayaking in Antarctica.
However, going for a row on the River Thames isn’t the only UK adventure to make the list. The travel guide also suggests walking along the south-west coast of England, saying the cliffs are varied and huge – ranging from Jurassic remnants full of fossils to outcrops filled with Arthurian legend. Mountain biking was suggested for adventurers visiting Coed-y-Brenin in Wales, which was described as a landscape with lots of foliage, breathtaking views of the mountain tops, marvelous waterfalls and rugged terrain carved by glaciers.
The Three Peaks Challenges is featured as well, involving climbing the highest peaks in the UK in just a single day. These peaks include Snowdon in Wales, Ben Nevis in Scotland and Scafell Pike in England. The guide also noted that the Peak District of Derbyshire is great for caving, while Pembrokeshire, South Wales is great for coasteering – which involves jumping, swimming and scrambling along a rocky coast. Lastly, it recommends walking along the causeway to Michael’s Mount in Cornwall at low tide while enjoying a Cornish pasty and visiting fishing villages like Penberth, Port Isaac and Polperro.
These six suggested adventures in the UK are featured alongside 69 other experiences. Some of these other experiences include climbing Mount Everest, touring Mont Blanc, trekking in Nepal, a cruise to the Galapagos and a trek to Machu Picchu.
Meanwhile, Lonely Planet author Greg Bloom has recommended that travellers experience eating spiders while visiting Cambodia. He says it’s a staple of the locals’ diet, as they are high in iron and other minerals. Visitors may be surprised at the taste if they try it, along with honey bee larvae, crickets and beetle. He said they don’t taste half bad.