5 great activities in West Wales

Welcome to West Wales, the perfect playground for an activity break. It has a pristine coast backed by picturebook countryside. Lush river valleys, quiet estuaries and empty mountains; abundant wildlife, endless trails and a good pub is always nearby.

  • Couple walking on Coast Path at St Brides Bay with beach in distance
    Coast Path at Newgale, Pembrokeshire

    In 2012, National Geographic magazine named Pembrokeshire the world’s second-best coastal destination. A year earlier it had ranked the coast path second in a global top ten of must-dos. It praised the ‘magnificent coastline’ of the 186 mile trail and lauded its ‘fabulous coastal protection’ and a ‘very established tourism industry’ that appealed to all ages. So there you have it. Don’t fly to discover one of the world’s best coastlines. Go for a stroll.

    Find out more about walking in Pembrokeshire

  • Making a big splash during a family coasteering trip in Pembrokeshire
    Family coasteering in Pembrokeshire by coasteering

    Nothing offers value for money like coasteering. On any trip there’ll be some wild swimming, cliff jumping and shore scrambling. There’s likely to be some cave exploring, scenery admiring and wildlife discovering too. The Pembrokeshire coast is almost purpose designed, which is why commercial coasteering began here. The problem is where to go: friendly seals and cliff-jumps at Abereiddy, a whitewater playground around St Davids Head or a swimming safari near Stackpole. 

    Find out more about coasteering in Pembrokeshire

  • Fly fishing on the River Teifi near stone arched bridge
    Fly fishing on the River Teifi, Carmarthenshire

    Fishermen in West Wales get a gleam in the eye from April to September. This is sewin (seatrout) season – fishing at its most exciting. They bite in the beautiful Tywi river anywhere from the under-fished beats near Llandovery to the lower reaches at Carmarthen. Drag a silver stoat fly when the first bats flit, say locals. That’s when the 18lb monsters start to leap. We bet you will too.

    Search for fishing operators in Carmarthenshire

  • A man sea kayaking off the coast of Pembrokeshire
    Sea kayaking, Pembrokeshire by www.AlastairHumphreys.com
    Only a kayak gets so you this close to the most beautiful coastline in Britain (we may be biased) or lets you discover hidden beaches that are inaccessible to walkers. With an accredited operator there are 220 miles of adventure on this fabulous coast. Go eye to eye with a seal off St David’s or watch clouds of birds wheel off the cliffs of Skomer Island. Perhaps paddle through the arches off St Govan’s Head? A tough choice. An adventure you’ll never forget? Definitely.

    Search for kayaking and canoeing operators in Pembrokeshire

  • A surfer rides a tube wave as it breaks, Gower Peninsula
    Surfing on the Gower Peninsula

    Its intricate coastline produces a wave in all tides and winds. And still some people don’t know you can surf here. First-timers should book a lesson with an accredited surf school. It’ll probably be at Caswell Bay or Llangennith beach, a fixture in Britain’s best beach lists. Don’t be surprised if you just lie on the board and admire the scenery.

    Search for surfing operators in Swansea Bay, Mumbles and Gower