Thames rowing trip 'one of the world's greatest experiences'

Caroline Cassidy

A rowing trip along the River Thames has made the Lonely Planet Great Adventures guide as one of the world's best experiences.

Lonely Planet names top 75 adventures
Lonely Planet names top 75 adventures

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Along with more exotic adventures like climbing Everest, tracking mountain gorillas in Uganda and diving with sharks in South Africa, the guidebook recommends taking to the water of the Thames to travel through Oxford, Windsor and London.

Describing the trip as "like sitting on a conveyor belt watching living history pass you by on both banks", Lonely Planet advise trying a skiff, to get the authentic Three Men in a Boat experience.

It adds: "It's a gallery of architectural evolution, meandering majestically through rural and city life, allowing you time to reflect on the meaning of all the bustling hustle onshore."

The boating trip was not the only British adventure to make the list. Also featured in the guide is a walk along the South West Coast Path, which takes in Dorset, Somerset, Devon and Cornwall, allowing ramblers to view some of the UK's "most spectacular and most delicious" coastal scenery.

As well as tracing the source of the Nile, kayaking in Antarctica and rafting the Amazon, six UK-based adventures - mountain biking in Coed-y-Brenin in North Wales, taking the Three Peaks Challenge, caving in the Peak District and 'coasteering' in Pembrokeshire - also made the list.

So if you're a thrill-seeker hoping to take on some of the world's greatest challenges, remember there are adventures to be had close to home.

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