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. Walking Pembrokeshire Coast Path 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 Coasteering 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 Fishing in Carmarthenshire 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 Sea kayaking in 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 Surfing on Gower 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 Enjoy this? Share it with friends Related items Wild adventures in Wales Preseli Venture owner Sophie Hurst explores a range of options for wild adventures in Wales. Accessible West Wales You’ll find attractions and accommodation that people of all abilities can enjoy all over the west. Bala family breaks A lake surrounded by mountains, rich in culture, Bala is ‘real’ Wales at its very best. Active service Here are some adventure activities in Wales to put colour in your cheeks. Summer in the wild West Spring and summer are a great time to see the wildlife in West Wales. Marc Evans’ Wales The director of Visit Wales’ TV advertising campaigns tells us what’s special about Wales.