Today is St David’s Day and to celebrate the occasion we’ve selected our favourite outdoor adventures to try in Wales. Here’s our pick of adrenaline-filled activities, to give you plenty of inspiration for what to do in Wales.

Outdoor adventures to try in Wales

Have a mountain hike

Whether you’re a beginner or a seasoned hiker, there’s a mountain hike for you in Wales. If you’re looking for a challenge, try the Welsh Three Peaks. It takes you to the summits of three iconic mountains: Snowdon, Cader Idris and Pen y Fan. According to Three Peaks Challenge, you’ll ascend over 2,300 metres and walk 17 miles, all in no more than 24 hours. If you’d like your adventure at a more leisurely pace, explore one or more of these peaks in your own time, and choose the gentlest route to the top. The Llanberis Path is regarded as the simplest way up Snowdon, the Pony Path the easiest route up Cader Idris, and the Pont ar Daf car park as the starting point for the gentlest, most accessible trail up Pen y Fan. Of course, there are many more mountains to explore as well as these famous three. Well over 100, in fact!

Go wild for water sports

Outdoor adventures to try in Wales
You’ll find a whole range of water sports to choose from in Wales. For a wet and wild adventure, try coasteering. It’s thought to have begun in Wales, making it the perfect place to give it a go. If you haven’t heard of coasteering, it involves finding fun ways to move along the area where the sea meets the coast. “It’s about rock-hopping, shore-scrambling, swell-riding, cave-exploring and, yes, cliff-jumping,” according to Visit Wales. “But it’s as much about discovering our wildlife and coastline at close quarters; an intimacy that walkers never experience.” We wouldn’t recommend beginners try coasteering alone, but there are plenty of guided adventures to take part in.

Outdoor adventures to try in Wales

Canyoning is another action-packed activity that’s available in Wales. It’ll see you descend a hard-to-reach outdoor area, such as a canyon, that usually has a water course. You’ll use an array of techniques, like swimming, climbing, abseiling and jumping, to do so. Interested in other water sports? There are loads to choose from in Wales – from sea kayaking to paddleboarding and canoeing – so take your pick!

 

 

 

Outdoor adventures to try in Wales

Get on your bike

There are loads of places to cycle in Wales, however far you’d like to travel. Looking for a long-distance route? The Traws Eryri (Trans Snowdonia) is a new off-road, multi-day trail that’ll see you ascend over 4,000 metres. You’ll travel between Machynlleth and Conwy and pass through the stunning Parc Cenedlaethol Eryri on the way. According to Momentum Mag, “the route is a testament to the daring spirit of adventure seekers.” Elsewhere, Lôn las Cymru, Lôn Teifi and the Trans Cambrian Way are epic long-distance routes for two wheeled adventures. Of course, shorter routes can still offer a thrilling experience and are often suitable for the whole family. Try the Monmouthshire and Brecon Canal Trail, Mawddach Trail, and Swansea Valley. Sustrans has also pulled together a useful list that features inclusive and accessible cycling groups in Wales.

Outdoor adventures to try in Wales

Go underground

For something a bit different, why not explore Wales underground? You can try caving or potholing at several sites across the country. The Brecon Beacons National Park is a fantastic area for an underground adventure. According to its website, it’s “one of the most exciting and varied caving areas in Britain.” The website notes the area is home to four of Britain’s longest limestone cave systems – impressive. Another spectacular cave to see is Ogof Draenen, one of Britain’s longest cave systems. We’d always recommend going with a professional company or group, unless you’re an experienced caver. Luckily, there are lots to pick from.

If you’re looking for something family-friendly, there are other underground adventures to try too. Visit Dan-yr-Ogof (The National Showcaves Centre for Wales), an impressive cave system waiting to be explored. Further north, Bounce Below offers fun for the whole family, with a series of underground trampoline-style nets in a disused mine. Bounce your way across nets that span an area larger than St Paul’s Cathedral. Whatever outdoor adventure you prefer, there’s something for everyone in Wales!

Please note that some sections of the Monmouthshire and Brecon Canal Trail are currently closed.

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Header image, image 1 and image 2: © Crown copyright (2024) Cymru Wales
Image 2b: © Wrexham County Borough Council
Image 3: © Phill Stasiw Traws Eryri North Wales Sept 2022
Image 4: Swansea, South Wales, Photographer Wales News Service, © Crown copyright (2024) Cymru Wales

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