Get your challenge on as we introduce to you Project: Explore – an anthology of unbelievable adventure trips scattered around these pleasant Isles – designed to take you way off the beaten track by foot, bike or boat.

 

Presented in the style of small group adventure travel, we offer you a different trip each month tailored to the season. Each has a defined challenge objective and all are delivered with classic Rat Race flare and finish. Choose one of our monthly scheduled departures or go bespoke and let us lay it on for you and your mates at a date to suit you.

Welcome to Project: Explore. Welcome to some British adventure challenges that you never knew even existed.

Project:
Across Knoydart

An epic mountain bike crossing of “Britain’s last wilderness”
2.5 DAYS, 2 NIGHTS

 
Technical Rating: 7/10
Endurance Rating: 7/10

Traverse ‘the wild bounds’ of the deserted Knoydart peninsula on one of the best MTB adventures the UK has to offer. This is a hidden gem in the truest sense. Starting out from the head of Britain’s longest dead-end road…

Project:
Tour of 10 Malts

Visit every distillery on the islands of Islay and Jura by foot, bike and kayak
3 DAYS, 2 NIGHTS

Technical Rating: 5/10
Endurance Rating: 7/10

Choose a road bike or indeed any bike and saddle up to cover some sweet distance joining the dots on the World’s most famous whisky islands. We will mix it up with some short trekking stages, plus some serene sea kayaking.

Project:
Goodwin Sands 5k

A 5K run in the middle of the sea.
1 DAY

 
Technical Rating: 4/10
Endurance Rating: 3/10
Scare Rating: 8/10

If Rat Race did 5ks…..this is it. The Goodwin Sands lie approximately 10 miles off Dover in the midst of the World’s busiest shipping lane. Notorious for their propensity to catch mariners off-guard…

Project:
Hebrides Tip to Toe

A complete multi-sport traverse of the entire island chain of the Outer Hebrides
4 DAYS, 3 NIGHTS


Technical Rating: 7/10
Endurance Rating: 8/10

The adventure will begin in the shadow of the famous lighthouse at the very northern tip of Lewis – the Butt of Lewis. You will set out on a breath–taking bike journey south, taking in some 140 miles of rollercoaster road riding…


Project:
Swim-Run

Run from iconic Lindisfarne at Low Tide, then swim back!
1 DAY

 
Technical Rating: 8/10
Endurance Rating: 9/10

Our challenge begins atop the battlements of the iconic castle on the ancient and serene island of Lindisfarne (or Holy Island), sitting just off the Northumberland coast. Some short swim and run appetisers in and around the beautiful outer beaches…

Project:
The Darkness

15 hour attempt at Yorkshire 3 Peaks, at night
1 DAY


Technical Rating: 6/10
Endurance Rating: 8/10

A 15 hour attempt to do a circular route that takes in the summits of these 3 famous lofty peaks in Yorkshire is nothing new – it is rightly a very popular objective with hill-walkers and fell-runners. However at night…

Project:
Trans-Pennine Express

Manchester to Sheffield: Pub to Pub!
2 DAYS, 1 NIGHT


Technical Rating: 7/10
Endurance Rating: 8/10

The ancient rivalry of Lancashire and Yorkshire and the lure of a well-earned objective – the pub – separated by a fairly lumpy bit called the Pennines. These 2 famous cities provide cracking start and finish points but the meat is very much in the middle.

Project:
Bike Mountain

Mountain Bike a Mountain

2 DAYS, 1 NIGHT


Technical Rating: 8/10
Endurance Rating: 7/10

You’ve heard of mountain biking but how many times have you actually biked a mountain. We mean a really big one. This adventure unfolds in the deepfreeze of the Scottish winter and on the shores of Loch Lomond, within easy reach of Glasgow…


Project:
Cairngorm Traverse

Point-to-point crossing of the wild Cairngorm plateau
2 DAYS, 2 NIGHTS


Technical Rating: 6/10
Endurance Rating: 9/10

The sub-arctic Cairngorm plateau is widely acknowledged as the wildest winter area of Britain: A traverse of this famous National Park is high on many mountain-lover’s bucket list but a winter traverse is the Holy Grail and a seriously…

Project:
Canterbury Tales

Double Ultra trek or run along Geoffrey Chaucer’s ancient Pilgrim Route
2 DAYS, 2 NIGHTS


Technical Rating: 2/10
Endurance Rating: 8/10

Some of you might remember Chaucer’s classic volume of 24 tales of medieval misadventure from English class at school. You might remember The Wife of Bath, The Miller, The Pardoner or The Knight; but you probably won’t know much of the…

Project:
Subterranean Snowdon

The UK’s largest vertical ascent
1 DAY


Technical Rating: 6/10
Endurance Rating: 10/10

Forget Ben Nevis. We present to you the largest vertical ascent variable of any mountain journey in Britain – and one hell of an adventure above and below ground. Special permission has been obtained…

Project: Hadrian’s End To End

A kayak, bike, run challenge
2 DAYS, 1 NIGHT

 
Technical Rating: 7/10
Endurance Rating: 8/10

Our adventure sets out to journey the entire length of Hadrian’s Wall, using foot, bike and our sturdy double sea kayaks – ideal for the tidal and non-tidal conditions we will encounter on this challenge…