Wales comes well equipped for outdoor adventure and UK activity holidays. If you’re a couple looking for an activity break, a solo traveller wanting outdoor adventure or a family seeking a multi activity holiday, Wales has plenty of activities on offer to suit everyone and provide you a real adventure holiday. We’ve listed some of the best places there is to adventure in Wales.
Pembrokeshire Coast National Park
Pembrokeshire Coast National Park is one of three National Parks in Wales. Established in 1952, this was the first park in the UK to consist entirely of wild, coastal landscapes, with rugged cliffs, golden beaches, woodlands and moorlands. The total area is 629km and has plenty of fantastic opportunities for walkers, hikers, surfers, kayakers and sailors. The iconic Pembrokeshire Coast National Trail lies within the park, an incredible 186 miles of scenery. Walking the trail is the ideal way to experience the National Park, but considering how long it is, completing it takes an average of 10 to 15 days!
To the south coast of the Llŷn Peninsula lies the small but popular seaside resort of Abersoch. With internationally recognised sailing waters, Abersoch is a haven for sailing and watersport enthusiasts. Sailing lessons at the Abersoch Sailing Club are open to all levels of experience, or if you’d rather sit back and watch the sailing, South Caernarvonshire Yacht Club hosts many prestigious events in the surrounding water of Cardigan Bay throughout the year. Abersoch is known as the ‘Welsh Riviera’ because of its unique micro-climate weather, making it a popular holiday destination amongst Brits too.
Coed-y-Brenin Forest Park
There’s something for everyone at Coed-y-Brenin Forest Park, but with various man-made mountain bike tracks, most people visit here to cycle. Coed-y-Brenin was Britain’s first purpose-built mountain biking centre built in 1996, and today it remains one of the country’s top sporting destinations. The forest is situated in the Snowdonia National Park, covering around 9,000 acres of land. Don’t worry if you don’t own a mountain bike, you can hire one, or if you don’t fancy biking at all, there are several running and walking trails too.
As the capital of Wales there’s plenty of adventuring opportunities in Cardiff. White water rafting is perhaps the most popular activity however, as here is where the Cardiff International White Water is based, the Olympic standard white-water rafting centre. With prices starting at £40, you can spend 2 hours on the white-water course putting your paddling skills to the test. You don’t need to be experienced to take part, there are less challenging rapids for families and young children.
No trip to Wales is complete without visiting at least one of its 600 castles. If you do plan on visiting some castles, make sure Conwy Castle is on the list. Conwy Castle can be found in the medieval town Conwy in north Wales where it has stood for over 700 years. In 1986 the castle was given World Heritage Site Status and is considered by UNESCO as one of “the finest examples of late 13th century and early 14th century military architecture in Europe.”
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