Nothing does adventure better than Wales. Scenic trails wind up to mountain parks, massive waves beckon you to ride, and deep woodlands make the perfect setting for foraging. The landscape is beautifully wild and teems with wildlife if you know where to look. Days out are a Welsh specialty, and there are hundreds of them in this country, but we’ve done our best to narrow down the list to the top five.
- Climb Mount Snowdon
Towering at 3,560 feet, Mount Snowdon is unmissable. In fact, it is one of Wales’ most celebrated and recognizable landmarks. The best way to conquer this lofty giant is by clambering up its rugged peak via one of its top six paths. The Llanberis Path is the longest but easiest of the routes and once transported tourists up the trail on ponies and mules. Miners Track lets you follow the course of 18th-century miners carrying copper, while Pyg Track traces the route of workers hauling black tar. The other paths include Watkin, Rhyd Ddu, and Snowdon Ranger. From the summit, you’ll witness sweeping views of deep green valleys, sparkling blue lakes, and steep slopes clad with colourful Alpine flowers.
- Go Surfing at Porthcawl
The seaside town of Porthcawl sits on a low limestone peninsula on the south Wales coast and overlooks the Bristol Channel. It first emerged as a surfing destination in 1969 and is home to one of Britain’s oldest surf clubs. Because of the town’s strategic location, you’ll find a rideable wave any given day, but the best breaks come to life in the winter months. The top beaches to surf are Rest Bay, Coney Beach, Trecco Bay and Newton Beach.
Not a surfer (yet)? Do not worry. Porthcawl has several surf schools and shops that offer everything from lessons to equipment rental.
- Laser Tag in Pembrokeshire
Battle it out at Battlefield Live Pembrokeshire, a purpose-built, jungle-themed, natural woodland arena nestled in and around the Wales National Coastal Park. This adrenaline-fuelled activity allows participants to tag each other with the best infra-red gaming technology while promoting teamwork, communication, and leadership skills. And because there are no projectiles like those in paintballing, you can have fun without pain or bruising. The activity is perfect for friends, families, even couples who want a bit of healthy competition.
- White Water in Cardiff
Get in your wetsuit and brave the rough waters at Cardiff International White Water on an exhilarating, heart-pumping adventure. Apart from white water rafting and tubing, you can also canoe, kayak, stand-up paddle, surf on an indoor wave pool, or navigate the rapids on a mini raft. Get out of the water and try wall climbing and gorge walking. But if it’s the thrill of heights you’re looking for, experience the Air Trail, a towering course of steel and timber high above the white waters. The venue is open all year round, except on days with extremely high winds.
- Expedition in Brecon Beacons National Park
Scale Pen Y Pan, the highest mountain in South Wales, packraft on scenic waterways, descend a steep waterfall, and sleep in hammocks in the middle of a woodland. The Brecon Beacons National Park sets the mood for an unforgettable and action-packed two-night escapade. You will be scampering over dramatic ridges, discovering mountain lakes, paddling down rivers, and wild camping with a group of other adventurous explorers. The activity allows you to experience authentic wilderness small group expeditions that challenges you physically and mentally while teaching you survival skills.