Take a walk along Offa’s Dyke Path. It is a 177 mile (285 km) long distance footpath and follows the 8th century dyke constructed by King Offa between what is now England and Wales. The path links Prestatyn in North Wales and Chepstow in the south. Although the whole walk is stunning, today, we suggest a section along the Clwydian Mountains, an 'Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty’ and in particular Moel Famau.
Oneplanet Adventure is a great activity centre for walking and mountain biking with footpaths and bike trails of various lengths in Coed Llandegla Forest with some of the best man made mountain bike trails in the UK. The visitor centre is the main point of contact with lots of route information and bike hire and a café serving home cooked food.
Overnight suggestions: Ruthin or Conwy Valley
Adventure Parc Snowdonia is uniquely located in the Snowdonian mountains! It contains Surf Snowdonia which has the World’s first publicly accessible Wavegarden® artificial surfing lagoon, an adventure playground for all ages called Adrenaline Indoors, and a range of adventure activities to choose from. Groups can book lessons to learn how to surf or paddleboard. Booking is essential. Packages can also be arranged. There is secure coach parking on site. Guests can book into the Hilton Garden Inn or stay in one of the camping pods which accommodate up to four guests, three of which are accessible for wheelchairs. For relaxation, book a treatment at The Wave Garden Spa.
Velocity 2 has given new life to the former Penrhyn Slate Quarry, it is the fastest zip line in the world and the longest in Europe often reaching speeds over 100mph (161 kph). Visitors can take in the stunning views towards Anglesey and even the Isle of Man on a clear day! The zip wire experience takes about 3hr. There are many other adventures to choose from at Zip World Penrhyn Quarry, Zip World Llechwedd and Zip World Fforest, all within a short drive from each other.
Overnight suggestion: Llanberis
RibRide offers an exhilarating fast boat ride from St George’s Pier, Menai Bridge. Various rides are available including a journey under the historic Menai and Britannia Bridges, Caernarfon, Beaumaris & Puffin Island and further afield to Llanddwyn Island. Boat trips last between one hour to one day and each boat takes up to eight people.
The rocky coastline of Anglesey is the perfect place to try coasteering, the sport invented in Wales with Anglesey Adventures. After being kitted up in a wetsuit, buoyancy aid and helmet, the important safety briefing, adventurers will scramble and climb along the rugged coastline and finally jump into the sea – seals, porpoise and dolphins are often spotted too! They even offer abseiling, canoeing, gorge scrambling, rock climbing, sea kayaking and other adventurous activities to try. Adventure days and breaks can be tailored for groups.
RSPB South Stack is dominated by the nearby lighthouse. Famed for it’s cliff-side nesting colonies, summer visitors include guillemots, razorbills and puffins all raising their young (binoculars and telescopes are provided). Rare choughs can also be seen on the reserve too as well as porpoises and dolphins too!
Exploring the outdoors is fantastic fun, but please read up on the risks and make sure you are prepared.
- Find safety advice for exploring Wales' National Parks and safety tips from the RNLI for staying safe on the Welsh coast on the Visit Wales website.
- Visit AdventureSmart.uk for information on how to stay safe whilst exploring Wales.