Your adventures in Wales
Everyone’s idea of epic adventure is different. Here’s a variety of opportunities to explore in Wales
This circular lap of Wales’s and England’s highest mountain is on the to-do list of any serious mountaineer - and really, really shouldn’t be attempted by anyone but experts. This is the birthplace of British rock climbing and Everest training, and deserves the utmost respect.
The ex-SAS man runs all kinds of hardcore bushcraft malarkey in Wales, from the Snowdon 2 Day Challenge to the 24 Hour Family Course in the Brecon Beacons. They teach every conceivable survival skill from river crossing to knife work to shelter building.
There are white-water hotspots all over, including the man-made rapids at Cardiff International White Water. Up north, the National White Water Centre lies on the River Tryweryn, whose waters are controlled by releases from a dam, meaning its rapids can still thunder in the hot summer months.
Cardiff International White Water
Fly with the birds, in the front seat of a dual-control glider, on a trial flight with the friendly experts at the North Wales Gliding Club near Wrexham. The instructor might even let you take control if they think you’re up to it.
Terms and conditions apply: go with a coasteering company. This adventure sport was invented in Wales, and it’s still the most thrilling way to see the ravishing coastline close-up. It’s a combination of swimming, scrambling and – yes, occasionally lobbing yourself into crystal blue-green waters from some lofty ledge. It’s suitable for confident swimmers from around eight years up.
The highest point in southern Britain is easy enough to reach from the car park at Storey Arms – 70 minutes should do it. This makes it hugely popular with all ages and abilities, but it’s no pussycat. There’s a reason why the SAS train here – and it’s not for the views.
Britain’s greatest concentration of cascades is in the Waterfall Country at the eastern edge of the Brecon Beacons National Park. Some are easily accessible; others are at the end of a long, glorious walk through deep wooded gorges.
When you ride a horse through the surf, it’s pretty hard not to imagine you’re being filmed for some romantic epic movie. Or is that just us? Anyway, there are several places to do it in Wales, including Gower, Pembrokeshire, Llŷn Peninsula and the northern coastline.