Adventure Activities in Wales

Wales can be a pretty wild place and I don’t just mean closing time in Cardiff on a Friday night. The rugged coastline, the majestic mountains and deep forbidding caves make for a country with plenty to see and do to get your adrenaline flowing and heart pumping. Oh, and wherever you go in Wales you’ll find a good pub to recount your adventures to your friends and family over a pint.

Wet Wales – not meaning rain, of course
With over 1200kms of coastline, much of it receiving south westerly swells from the Atlantic, it’s no surprise Wales is a water sports paradise. You don’t even need a board or boat to access the exciting sport of coasteering. A mixture of cliff jumping, rock climbing, open water swimming and adventure: coasteering provides you with a uniquely exhilarating experience. Expert local guides lead groups around the cliffs and inlets of the Glamorgan heritage coast, the Gower peninsula and the National Park of Pembrokeshire. With centres accessible within an hour from Cardiff, coasteering is an ideal team building or hen/stag weekend activity.

South Wales provides some of the most accessible surf beaches in the UK. The M4 corridor means Rest Bay in Porthcawl is the closest surf beach to London. The surf in the area has been deemed of high enough quality to pay host to the recent British professional championships. The open expanses of beach revealed by the massive tides in the Bristol channel are ideal for kite surfing and kayaking. Further west the Gower Peninsula provides many miles of sandy beaches that never feel crowded. In contrast the Gower Peninsula’s Langland Bay is something unusual in the UK, a city surf beach, located as it is within Swansea’s boundaries.

The Cardiff International White Water centre is an man-made facility located in Cardiff Bay. The centre caters for elite competitors and beginners alike. Activities include white water rafting for groups as well as kayaking. Flat water paddling is available in the bay. The centre caters for groups, and families can enjoy a day out even if some family members wish to stay dry and enjoy the café facilities taking in the view of the facility.

…and on dry land…
From Clwyd in the north to Cwm Carn in the south you are never far from a Mountain Biking Wales centre. Located in scenic forestry throughout Wales the centres are all family friendly, whether its enjoying less challenging Derwen Easy Route together or enjoying the play and café facilities at Cwm Carn while more experienced family members tackle the downhill course. As with South Wales surf beaches Cwm Carn and the Afan Forest Park are easily accessible from the M4 but feel a world away.

Wales is a haven for climbers. To the south the Brecon Beacons provide a mountain playground close to Cardiff. The majestic peaks of Snowdonia in the north provide scenic walks or routes of such challenge they have been used as preparation for attemots at Everest. If the 10 mile hike from Llanberris to the summit of Snowdon and back seems to strenuous, don’t worry, you can reach the top without ever braking sweat via the mountain railway.