Scale the heights with a climb in North Wales
To the new climber surveying the vast mountains and valleys of North Wales, the prospect of scaling these heights might cause some trepidation. However, the skill and friendliness of the experts waiting to help you on a thrilling adventure will make you forget any fears. Once you’ve started, you might not want to stop.
All weather cliff hanging
Beacon Climbing Centre, Snowdonia by Beacon Climbing CentreTry a gentle introduction with an indoor taster session at Beacon Climbing Centre, where the brightly-coloured walls are designed to inspire a sense of fun for groups. It’s one of the best centres of its kind in Europe, with play areas for kids and a 17-metre height for you to scale.
The Blue Peris Mountain Centre has an equally colourful climbing wall in Gwynedd. This is a passionately-run starting point for all sorts of activities, from kayaking off the Anglesey coast to abseiling in Snowdonia. The sessions are certain to make you feel comfortable donning a harness or hard hat, but they’ll also give you an adrenalin rush.
A sense of adventure
National Mountain Sports Centre, Snowdonia by National Mountain Sports CentreTry rock climbing, raft building or even a cliff jump under the enthusiastic supervision of fully-qualified instructors, and discover local crags under the guidance of the National Mountain Sports Centre at Plas y Brenin, whose courses are designed for inexperienced climbers with a sense of adventure.
It’s one of dozens of places offering you the chance to stay on-site - Bryn Du Mountain Centre and the Padarn Water Sports Centre in Snowdonia, also gives you the option to stay in a Victorian house with surrounding gardens, a Water Sports Centre on the shores of Llyn Padarn and gorge scrambling and rock climbing around Betws y Coed.
The people at Open Door pride themselves on making you their friend as well as boosting your confidence when it comes to activities in the great outdoors, while Anglesey Adventures will give you beginner tuition around some of the greatest natural landscapes the area has to offer.
Leaping onto a trapeze might sound a long way away when you're sat at your desk, but Ropeworks believe they can turn you into something of an acrobat in their special High Challenge. They've also got a climbing wall for kids and an Aerial Adventure, which is suitable for family groups.
Great cliff views
Rock climbing at Roscolyn, AngleseyIf you'd rather climb along a sea cliff, Mountaineering Joe, on Anglesey, will lead you on an incredible experience. Long mountain routes, cragging and sea cliff journeys are all yours to check out with the Rock Climbing Company, at the heart of the Snowdonia National Park, and there are no less than seven types of rock to choose from under the guidance of Snowdonia Mountaineering, who will teach you everything from the basics of setting up ropes to attempting to make your way up larger cliffs.
A bit of bravery goes a long way.
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