Think of a holiday in Wales, and you might be tempted to imagine days spent on the sandy beaches of Anglesey, or eating fabulous crab sandwiches in one of Tenby’s many cafés. Whilst, for some, this sums up the perfect relaxing holiday, there are plenty of others who want a whole lot more adventure from their annual break. After an amazing ‘Year of Adventure’ in 2016, Wales looks set to take the title of adventure capital of Europe, offering adrenaline junkies more thrills, spills and epic experiences than they can handle in just one holiday!
If you’re interested in taking an adventure holiday this year, Wales is jam-packed with opportunities to test your nerves, skill and stamina. From the harsh wildness of the Brecon Beacons and the majestic beauty of Snowdonia to the coast of Pembrokeshire and the Irish Sea, whatever adventure challenge you choose is guaranteed to have the most stunning backdrop imaginable.
With miles and miles of epic coastline, it’s no surprise that there are plenty of water-based adventure experiences available around Wales. From coasteering off the Pembrokeshire cliffs to sea kayaking in Cardigan Bay, there’s a challenge to suit all ages and all fear levels! If you’re holidaying on Anglesey, why not try a RIB ride on the Menai Straits? If that sounds all a bit tame for your liking, go for the hardcore ‘Bear Grylls Extreme’ RIB ride, out into the wild Irish Sea – where conditions will challenge even the toughest of adventure nuts.
All that coastline means that there are plenty of surfing opportunities, too. From the vast beach at Newgale to Hell’s Mouth on the Llyn Peninsula, surfers are spoilt for choice. Surfers looking for something altogether different should head to Surf Snowdonia, at Dolgarrog. This awesome inland surfing lagoon has to be seen to be believed, and offers an exhilarating experience for both accomplished surfers and beginners alike.
Away from water-based adventures, Wales has an incredible range of outdoor activities to offer. A network of mountain bike centres across Wales offers trails that challenge riders’ skills, determination and guts. If you think mountain biking is about pottering along canal towpaths, think again! From Brechfa Forest in West Wales to Coed Y Brenin in the north, off-road mountain biking trails will throw mud, rocks, white knuckle descents and more at riders, at speeds of up to 40mph!
Of course, Wales has long been known for its awesome hiking trails, from the Brecon Beacons and Snowdonia to the coastal paths of Pembrokeshire and Ceredigion. Whilst some trails are fine for casual hikers, there are plenty of others that will really put more experienced hikers and climbers through their paces.
If you have young children, it’s easy to think that an adventure holiday isn’t perhaps the best idea, but nothing could be further from the truth. Look online for venues offering children’s sessions and classes, to find kid-friendly adventure opportunities from rock climbing and abseiling to kayaking and white water rafting.
For adrenaline addicts of all ages, a trip to Zip World in North Wales has to be on the list of must-do adventure activities. If you like the thought of travelling at over 100mph along a wire down the side of a mountain, and then over a cliff above a quarry lake, Zip World is for you.
Assuming you’re brave enough to open your eyes during the ‘flight’, you’ll have the most incredible panoramic views across Snowdonia.
Also at Zip World, Bounce Below is a cavern-based experience, offering giant trampolines, suspended walkways, rope bridges and more, to give adventurers of all ages a thrilling and challenging day out.
With such a dramatic and awe-inspiring landscape and coastline, it’s perhaps inevitable that Wales offers so many opportunities for adventure-based holidays. If you’re ready for some heart-pumping thrills on your next holiday, Wales is the perfect choice, and with holiday accommodation to suit all tastes and budgets, WTO can help you find the perfect holiday base.