10 Aug Seven of the Best North Wales Activities
If you’re looking for North Wales activities to enjoy, you’ll be pleased to know that we’re in pretty good company here at Surf Snowdonia.
So much so, in fact, that ongoing investment in ‘high octane adrenaline activities’ was predicted to lead to a tourism boom for the region. You can read more about it in this excellent report from the Daily Post.
So aside from guaranteed two-metre barrelling waves and the best surfing fun you’re going to have outside of California, Australia or Hawaii, what other North Wales adventures can you participate in? Read on to find out the best places to visit.
Mountain Climbing at Snowdonia
To paraphrase the romantic poet William Blake, ‘great things happen when men and mountains meet’. And what better place for man to happen upon greatness than right here on our doorstep? Snowdonia. The Carneddau. The highest peak south of Hadrian’s Wall. If it’s jaw-droppingly beautiful, wild mountains you’re after then great things are happening indeed. Climb them, walk them, gorge-scramble them, love them. How much more epic do adventures in North Wales get?
Zip World Velocity, Bethesda
A few miles away from us at Bethesda, you’ll find what used to be the world’s biggest slate quarry. It’s massive. Its slate used to roof the world. And now it’s doing something quite different. A ride on the lines at Zip World Velocity is a bit of a life-changer. Heart-stopping (erm, figuratively) bird’s-eye views of the mountains and coast. Spoiler alert: hold onto your hats. You’ll be flying over the big old quarry at speeds of up to 100mph.
Zip World Caverns, Conwy Valley
Head down to Blaenau Ffestiniog – about 20 miles south of Surf Snowdonia in Conwy Valley – and you’ll find another imaginative and ambitious project. Zip World Caverns (a cousin of Zip World Velocity) allows thrill-seekers to speed UNDERGROUND through the caverns of the abandoned Llechwedd slate mine on zip wires. Highlights include scaling a 25m drop by walking a 12mm wide rope, using monkey bars to make your way through the caverns and walking the ‘stairway to heaven’ to reach the pinnacle: starting 30m above ground, the steepest zip line journey in the UK. Deep, dark, unexpected fun. You won’t find a more unique adventure in North Wales!
Bounce Below, Blaenau Ffestiniog
Looking for indoor North Wales activities? This ticks the box if you want to avoid the rain – and it’s definitely more exciting than Scrabble. Keeping with the underground theme, Bounce Below recently underwent a multi-million pound renovation and could be the best playground you will ever try. How many more subterranean adventures do you find around Wales? Imagine giant trampolines, walkways, slides and tunnels all made from netting. Now picture them suspended in a slate cavern hidden underground. Add in a light show and some pumping music and you have the best fun you’ll ever have underground (along with Zip World Caverns of course). Suitable for ages seven years and above, this is the perfect North Wales activity for families too.
National White Water Centre, River Tryweryn
How does thundering down rapids on a fast-flowing Welsh mountain river grab you? That’s exactly what you can do over at the National White Water Centre, which you’ll find on the banks of the feisty River Tryweryn near Bala. Although the Tryweryn is a truly wild mountain river, water levels are dam-controlled, so its rapids still thunder strong in the summer. If you like a bit of action on the water, then this one’s a must-do thriller.
Penmachno Bike Trails, Betws y Coed
From a starting point close to Betws y Coed (around a half hour drive south from Surf Snowdonia), the Penmachno Trails are the hidden gem of North Wales mountain biking: 30km of super-sweet single-track and scenic forest trail, riding high through Snowdonia National Park. The trails are split into two loops, which can be ridden individually or as one amazing 30km ride. Mega.
RIB Ride, Anglesey
How about taking an adventure on a high-powered RIB (that’s a rigid inflatable boat) off the coast of North Wales? RIB Ride, based on Anglesey, are Wales’ best adventure boat tour company. Their fast and fun skippers will speed you around beautiful coastal waters, taking in heart-stopping views of the mountains and coast as well as performing some nifty spins and turns. Choose from a variety of adventures, including exploring the swellies around Thomas Telford’s Menai Suspension Bridge, puffin-spotting at Ynys Seiriol (aka Puffin Island), and high-octane Bear Grylls tours. They promise not to leave you abandoned on any inhospitable islands though!
There are so many more North Wales activities to recommend that we couldn’t fit them all in! Visit Adventure Map North Wales for some more inspiration.
Start planning your next North Wales adventure – we hope to see you soon at Surf Snowdonia!