Ben Fogle to battle sharks in 3,000-mile Atlantic swim

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Adventurer and TV star Ben Fogle is set to face icebergs and sharks in a 3,000-mile swim across the Atlantic Ocean.

The presenter will also battle feelings of "solitude and loneliness" during the 100-day journey from America to Cornwall, which he is undertaking to raise money for homeless charity Centrepoint.

According to the Metro, the 38-year-old said: 'It's something I've always dreamed of doing but I never knew if it was possible or not.

'It's a massive challenge, easily the biggest thing I've ever done. I'm not a particularly competent or confident swimmer but I love the ocean and I love a big challenge. It genuinely is into the realm of the unknown.

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He added: "It does scare me because I really don't know what is going to happen.

"Solitude and loneliness will be the biggest obstacles. Psychologically it will be very hard.

"Then of course there is the physical damage on the shoulders and the arms, salt burn, icebergs, sharks - all of those things are factors as well."

Ben will have to spend up to 12 hours a day in the water, swimming the equivalent of the Channel, to make it in his target of 100 days

Maybe he should have a quick chat with David Walliams before he sets off...

If you fancy getting active, try these Olympic-worthy holidays:

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Ben Fogle to battle sharks in 3,000-mile Atlantic swim

Where better to try your hand at archery than in the heart of 1066 country? Self catering holiday village, Crowhurst Park in East Sussex has teamed up with an archery company to offer both Field Archery (in which archers move from target to target through wooded terrain, shooting 3D foam prey, including bears, deer and er, giant mosquitoes) and Target Archery (one of the Olympic sports).

Weekend breaks in a small lodge from £99, www.crowhurstpark.co.uk

You could try your hand at kayaking the man made rapids at the brand new Lee Valley White Water Centre (where the Olympic kayaking events are being held), but for a chance to paddle alongside porpoises, seals and even whales, head up to the Outer Hebrides for five days kayaking and camping among uninhabited islands and skerries.

Five day sea kayaking trip costs £725. NB, not for beginners. //www.responsibletravel.com/holiday/2243/sea-kayaking-holiday-in-scotland.

While the Olympic cyclists whizz round and round the London velodrome, enjoy a rather more scenic view from your saddle on a Welsh biking holiday. The seven day 'Snowdonia Beano', cycling around Snowdonia National Park and the Lleyn Peninsula in July costs from £640 per person, which includes accommodation and yummy vegetarian meals. For more details on this and other cycling holidays, visit www.bicycle-beano.co.uk.

Stage your own mini Olympics at Siblyback Lake Campsite, on the edge of Bodmin Moor in Cornwall, which offers three Olympic watersports - kayaking, sailing and canoeing. Instructors are on hand to help train your junior athletes - perhaps for the 2020 Games?

Pitches from £11 per night. www.pitchup.com

Make like a minor royal and buff up your riding skills at Lucknam Park's outstanding equestrian centre, which includes 500 acres of parkland, an all weather arena, cross country course and riding clinics with equestrian experts Stephen Hadley and Richard Waygood. Non-riders can make the most of the hotel's Michelin-starred food and lush spa.

Rooms from £330 per night. www.lucknampark.com

Spend a day clay pigeon shooting in scenic fields, gullies and among the trees with local farmer Jonty and his sons on a farm on the outskirts of the Lake District. Then retire to the cozy Plough Inn opposite for a soak in the freestanding bath, followed by local ale and lamb for dinner. Clay pigeon shooting available on Wednesdays and Saturdays, from £135 per room per night (beginners package from £150), www.theploughatlupton.co.uk 

What with Wimbledon and the Olympics, its easy to get carried away by Pimms-fuelled fantasies about tennis whites and volleying. Indulge the dream at the Four Seasons' grand Georgian pile in Hampshire, which has two outdoor, all-weather, floodlit tennis courts and tennis pros on hand to polish up your backhand. Doubles from £258, www.four seasons.com/Hampshire

Find out for yourself why beach volleyball is the most popular Olympic spectator sport (nothing to do with the barely there bikinis the ladies play in, obv) on Brighton's answer to Copacabana, Yellowave Beach Sports Venue. (www.yellowave.co.uk). After a hard day on the beach, retire to the supremely classy surroundings of the Kemp Townhouse boutique b&b. Doubles from £95, www.kemptownhousebrighton.com

Crawling up and down an Olympic size swimming pool's all very well, but there's nothing like swimming in the wild to make you feel truly alive. Based at the snazzy Scarlet hotel, guests can enjoy a wild swimming tour of Cornwall's water, with professional instructors equipped with towels, rescue boards - and hot toddies! A 2-night package costs from £515 per person, including a private Wild Sea Swimming Lesson, with instructor and all equipment (including heated wetsuits!) and a ‘Short Journey’ in the Ayurvedic Spa. www.scarlethotel.co.uk

Learn to tell a flying jib from a gaff topsail on board the beautiful traditional wooden pilot cutter, Eve of St Mawes.  A 6 day hands-on, island hopping voyage in the Isles of Scilly, departing from St Mawes, Cornwall, costs £720 per person. For details of this and other voyages, visit www.classic-sailing.co.uk.

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