Keen to promote the growing advenuture touism business globally and put Wales firmly on the map, the Welsh Government announced that 2016 would be its ‘Year of Adventure‘.
Official Adventure Ambassadors; Bear Grylls, Richard Parks, Maria Leijerstam and Tori James have been spreadng the word and inspiring others to follow in their footsteps.
Having spent many great trips to Wales I would like to share some of the places which really epitomise the sense of Adventure that sets Wales apart !
Zip World Titan Blaenau Ffestiniog, North Wales – If hurtling through the air at over 60mph across a disused slate quarry sounds like your idea of a great day out them look no further than Zip World . After a briefing, where you are donned in a red boiler suit, with safety harness, helmet and goggles you are driven by mini bus high above the quarry. From there you are strapped to a cable and propelled out across the rolling countryside some hundreds of feet below. After 2000m of travel you arrive back at base camp with a guaranteed smile on your face.
For more extreme and inteprepid Dadventurers, then strap into Europes fastest zip line at nearby Penrhyn Quarry, Zip World Velocity, for an eye squashing 100mph of terminal velocity.
Price – £50 each (pre-designated time slot)
Bounce Below , Blaenau Ffestiniog, North Wales – convenintly situated on the same site as Zip world, this unique location alows you to head deep into a cavernous slate mine and jump about on giant trampolines suspended from the rock walls until your heart or lungs will allow. Great for kids and big kids alike.
Price – £20 Children , £25 Adults (pre-disignated time slot)
Bike Park , Merthyr Tydfil, South Wales – Off road; two wheels rules, and where better to throw those two wheels about than at the spectacular mountain biking paradise in South Wales. Built by bikers for bikers this can certainly attest to being one of, if not the best purpose built Mountain Bike facility in the UK.
Price – £8 for Day Pass
Brecon Beacons , South Wales – as long as you are prepared to possibly face four seasons in one day, the rewards provided by breathtaking scenery are definately worth it. Head off on a undulating family walk ot test yourself on the same routes used to push the British Special Forces to exhaustion.
Snowdonia , North Wales – On a clear, sunny day the stunning mountainous landscape is truly magnificent and hard to beat. Home to a multitude of epic hikes, which will suit everyone from families seeking a challenging day out to serious mountaineers seeking a scramble across dramatic ridges and summits. No visit can be complete without a hike up and down Snowdon itself, on a clear day from Wales highest Peak a view of 100 miles will greet you. Peak times on Snowdon become quite crowded, and can detract from the peace and solitude that the mountains provides, but with over 1500 miles of paths across 2000 squared kilometres, head off the beaten track and their is plenty to explore.
Surf Snowdonia Conwy Valley, North Wales – Surfing inland in the shadow of the Snowdonian mountains sounds like the stuff of fairytale, but this idyllic location provides just that, in addition to a variety of other water activities for Children and Adults alike.
Price – Surf lessons from £35 for Children and £40 for Adults.