Great activities to do in spring Spring sees our countryside at its most beautiful and our wildlife at its liveliest. We’ve always known this was when many of our outdoor activities were at their best. Isn’t it time you discovered it too? Family cycling, Mawddach Estuary Couple cycling along the Mawddach Trail, Snowdonia Few rides in Britain match the Mawddach Estuary on a sparkling spring day. Cader Idris and the Rhingos rise on either side, often capped with snow. Verges burst with wildflowers. Birdlife twitters in two RSPB reserves and the Mawddach estuary winks in the sun – perhaps due to the white gold in its sands. Tea and ice creams wait at Barmouth beach but what’s the rush? You’re on smooth tarmac all the way. Slow down and enjoy the ride. Search for cycling operators in Dolgellau Game fishing in Usk and Wye Salmon fishing in the River Usk by Uskgrub Although summer is beautiful for lazy days, spring is the fishing season to raise the pulse. From March to May, high water levels disperse large fish to spawn upriver from the estuaries. River beats and tributaries of the Usk, probably the best freestone river in the country, teem with wild brown trout, and 20lb salmon bite in the Wye, even above Builth Wells. The scenery’s at its best too. Search for fishing operators in the Wye Valley and Vale of Usk White water rafting, Snowdonia White water rafting on Afon Tryweryn, Snowdonia The upper Tryweryn is magical in spring: wildlife is at its most active and the river is canopied with fresh oak leaves. Spring sees the river at its most punchy. Fuelled by high water levels, this is when the National White Water Centre Olympic grade whitewater runs like The Graveyard or Ski Jump, deliver their biggest hits. Chilly water adds to the excitement, say some guides. We say modern wetsuits are wonderful.Search for white water rafting operators in Snowdonia Bird watching on Skomer Island Wildlife on Skomer Island, Pembrokeshire From May to June, this wild island off south-west Pembrokeshire is not just a nature reserve – it is a Welsh safari. Around a third of a million birds breed on its cliffs: puffins, fulmars, razorbills, guillemots and up to half the world’s manx shearwaters. Wildlife at close-quarters is guaranteed. With the island carpeted in wildflowers, so is scenery.Search for Skomer Island boat trips operators Walk the Pembrokeshire Coast Path Coast at St Non's Bay, Pembrokeshire If you only walk one trail all year, make it the Pembrokeshire Coast Path in spring. From late April the 186 miles of Britain’s favourite footpath are at their best. “Towering headlands blanketed with spring blooms”, said National Geographic magazine, when it ranked the path second in a spring global top ten in 2012, a year after it had awarded it third best long-distance path. Find out more about walking the Pembrokeshire Coast Path Enjoy this? Share it with friends Related items Welsh AONBs Discover the gorgeous hills, valleys, islands and coasts of our Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty. 10 short coast path walks A few hours on the Wales Coast Path is also enough for a voyage of discovery. Top Welsh writers Discover twelve Welsh writers who have been inspired by Wales’ language and landscapes. Glorious coastal views Walkers, photographers, explorers and fossil hunters will love our wonderful coastal scenery. Spring & summer wildlife Spring and summer is the perfect time to see grey seals, dolphins and colourful seabirds. 5 coastal bird sounds Discover five evocative bird sounds that you might hear on your coastal journey.