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So, you’re looking for a bit of adventure on your next trip? Perhaps you’re into hiking or climbing mountains. Perhaps surfing, kayaking and paddle boarding are more your thing? What about high adrenaline zip lines, does that sound like your kind of thing? If you answered yes to any or all of that, it’s time to start planning a trip to North Wales.
North Wales is home to Snowdonia National Park which incredibly not only includes the largest mountain in Wales, Snowdon, but also extends right out to the beaches on the Western Coast. The national park spreads across 823 square miles and has tonnes of hikes ranging from easy beginner inclines all the way up to full scale rock climbing.
Wherever you are in the national park you’re guaranteed spectacular views and scenery, whether that’s beaches, mountains, valleys, lakes, waterfalls – Snowdonia has them all.
If you’re more into riding waves than pulling on your hiking boots then don’t worry, North Wales has it covered. There are several breaks up and down the Western Coast, particularly on the Llyn Peninsula, but if you don’t want to drive to a break only to be met with sub-par waves, we have the solution.
Nestled in the Conwy Valley in the Snowdonia National Park is Adventure Parc Snowdonia, home of Surf Snowdonia, a man-made outdoor surf lagoon. Suitable for all abilities, the lagoon provides perfect waves every 90 seconds. No endless hours sitting in the line up waiting for your chance to go.
If you’re tired after all that surfing, there’s a new Hilton hotel and spa that have just opened on site, so maybe get those achy muscles looked at with a relaxing massage.
For those of you who like to slow it down on kayaks or paddle boards, the lakes and rivers in North Wales are great places to paddle. Slow it down as you travel through the gorgeous mountains and valleys and take it all in.
If you’re after some faster paced paddling, check out the National Outdoor Centre, Plas Y Brenin. They run courses throughout the year, including white water kayaking and canoeing. If you’re looking to get off the lakes and try something more tidal, they also offer sea kayaking courses for all levels. It’s also good to know that you can often spot seals in the coves around the West Coast, so keep your eyes peeled as you paddle.
Okay adrenaline junkies, are you ready? In an unassuming slate quarry, you’ll find Zipworld, home to all the thrills that North Wales has to offer. Home to the fastest zipline in the world, you can reach over to 100mph as you hurtle through the quarry and take in views of the mountains.
Fancy a treetop adventure? Try the Fforest Coaster which weaves in and around trees at 25mph on a tiny seat. How about an 80ft giant swing? They’ve got that too. There’s loads of thrill seeking activities in this part of North Wales, so you’re really spoiled for choice.
North Wales is a beautiful part of the world, but it’s not all long walks that end at the pub – although I love those too, and there are some amazing pubs here too. If you’re wanting natural outstanding beauty, adventure and something a little bit different, then North Wales is for you. There’s direct trains from London to Holyhead and from Manchester to Llandudno that have several stops along the North Welsh coast, or hire a car and take in the iconic scenery for yourself. What are you waiting for?
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