Bear Grylls Top Adventure Activities in Britain: Scotland, Wales & More

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Bear Grylls, the British celebrity adventurer who has seen unprecedented fame as an extreme sportsman thanks to his shows Man vs. Wild, originally titled Born Survivor: Bear Grylls in the United Kingdom, has a few top adventures that can only be had in the UK, where he got his start. 


So maybe you're not trying to jump off cliffs and swim cold waters to eat seal blubber on your next vacation to England, Wales, or Scotland (or maybe you are!), but these doable adventures he's crowned as his top destinations in the UK will have your heart pumping at least just a little for the amazing views they'll render. From kayaking and hiking to the highest peak in the UK to family fun activities, Bear Grylls has some awesome destinations and itineraries for your next vacation in Britain.  


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