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White water rafting at Lee Valley, Hertfordshire

There’s nothing quite like navigating fast-flowing rapids in an inflatable raft to get the adrenaline pumping. Lee Valley is super quick and easy to access from London – and yet you’ll feel a world away from the concrete jungle as you paddle. The centre runs canoeing and kayaking courses for all abilities, with group rafting packages available from £50pp. Travel time: 25 minutes (train from London Liverpool Street to Waltham Cross) [Photo: Getty]

Best outdoor adventures less than an hour from London

Ellie Ross

You don’t have to venture too far from London to find an outdoor adventure. From open-water swimming to white water rafting, there are plenty of activities you can enjoy al fresco without travelling too far. We’ve found some of our favourites, including mountain biking, paragliding and wakeboarding, that you can have in the capital or within just an hour’s travel from it.