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Believed to have originated in Pembrokeshire, Wales, coasteering is the outdoor pursuit of climbing up cliffs and then simply jumping off them! Coasteering North Devon is also now very popular due to the unique geographical coastline Devon has to offer.
Ok, so there’s a little more to it than that of course, but we’re assuming you’re already sold! As well as providing a massive adrenaline rush, it’s also a great way of accessing areas of the coast that would otherwise be lost to the sea, meaning you get to see some amazing natural sights, as well as gaining a load of new skills and experiences – if you’ve got the stomach for the journey itself.
As mentioned above, there’s a little more to coasteering than launching yourself off a cliff into the sea! While that’s the bit everyone remembers, there are actually several different elements to coasteering that you need to be comfortable with. As well as scaling cliffs and jumping off them into deep water, you will also be required to do some low-level traversing, wild swimming, cave discovery and navigation of whirlpools, sluices and gullies. The various elements and skills are what makes coasteering so much fun and so addictive!
Coasteering is a group activity and so you are all but guaranteed to make some new friends along the way. Most courses will accept people signing up either on their own, in couples or groups, and then make sure you head out onto the cliffs in a safe number. And once you’ve all been in the same boat (or not, in the case of coasteering), you’re sure to remain great, thrill-seeking friends after. Alternatively, it could also be a great team-building exercise for a big group, for example from work or a sports team.
Coasteering routes can be adapted to suit pretty much any level of age, experience or athleticism. While you will need to be able to doggy paddle to keep yourself afloat in the water, and get yourself up and down some rocks, you don’t necessarily need to be a trainee Olympian to take part – which is exactly why coasteering was developed in the first place!