Start The Coastal Way adventure in Pembrokeshire, UK’s only Coastal National Park, with an action packed day of activity. There are three options,
Clients can enjoy coasteering, climbing, stand up paddleboarding, surfing and kayaking at TYF (main picture). Clients can also hire a bike to enjoy the Pembrokeshire countryside. They also offer a Coastal Explorer package for a full day's excursion. Coach parking is available in Haverfordwest town centre.
Preseli Venture offer Adventure Days for groups which includes coasteering, sea kayaking and surfing. Conveniently located on the Pembrokeshire Coast Path, there is a hiking trail where clients can also take a walk and enjoy the scenery and wildlife. The road leading to the venue is more suited for mini buses.
Discounts of 10% are offered for groups at both venues, but group size for the discount to be applicable varies. Booking is essential.
Celtic Quest Coasteering offer coasteering adventures from Abereiddy beach which is located near the famous Blue Lagoon, home of the Red Bull Cliff Diving World Series. Two hours are spent in the water, so with briefing and changing, half day is needed. Discounts are available for groups over six and include the use of wet suits and equipment.
Overnight: St Davids
Walk a section of the Ceredigion Coast Path, a 4.8 mile (7.7km) walk from Aberporth to Llangrannog (moderate/hard) or if your clients prefer they can choose a shorter section 2 miles (3.2km) from Aberporth to Tresaith (easy/moderate). The route information including downloadable maps can be found on the website.
Your next stop is the harbour town of New Quay where your clients can enjoy dolphin spotting with New Quay Boat Trips. There’s a one hour trip to Cwmtudu and a 2 hour trip to Ynys Lochtyn, one of the key feeding areas for dolphins. It’s not just dolphins you can encounter but porpoises, atlantic grey seals and various bird species such as guillemots, razorbills and puffins.
Approximate distance: St Davids - New Quay - Aberaeron 61 miles (99km)
Approximate driving time: 1hr 42min
Overnight suggestions: Aberaeron or Aberystwyth
Take the Vale of Rheidol Railway from Aberystwyth to Devils Bridge on a 11 mile (17.7 km) one hour journey taking in spectacular views of the wooded Rheidol Valley. Refreshments are available at the Aberystwyth Station shop The Two Hoots Café at Devil’s Bridge.
At Devil's Bridge Falls there are two walks to choose providing an opportunity to see the cascading waterfalls of the River Mynach. The Nature Trail, Waterfalls and 3 Bridges walk takes around 45 minutes with a climb of 675 steep stone steps. An easier walk is the Punchbowl and 3 Bridges which takes around 10 minutes with 300 slate steps.
Enroute to the overnight accommodation, stop off at the Dyfi Osprey Project near Machynlleth, it’s home to these birds of prey around April to September (although dates aren’t precise!).
(NB if your clients stay overnight in Aberystwyth, they can visit enroute on day 4).
Approximate distance: Aberystwyth - Machynlleth 18 miles (29km)
Approximate driving time: 29min
Overnight suggestions: Machynlleth
The 9.5 miles (15km) trail along the Mawddach Estuary is traffic free which can be walked and cycled following the former railway line between Dolgellau and Barmouth. The views are stunning across the valley in the heart of the Snowdonia National Park and the route takes cyclists past the wooden railway bridge at the mouth of the Mawddach Estuary into Barmouth. There are bike rental shops in Dolgellau.
Longer rides are available for the more adventurous. The trail links the final section of the South Snowdonia Greenway, a 43 km route beginning at Llyn Trawsfynydd cycling though through moorlands and forests in South Snowdonia.
Enthusiastic experienced mountain bikers could visit Dyfi Bike Park, three miles north of Machynlleth and take on one of the four 'black' hand-crafted trails, some of which have a 400 metre elevation. The park is set in 650 acres of the Esgair forest.
Approximate distance: Machynlleth - Abersoch 61 miles (97km)
Approximate driving time: 1hr 34min
Overnight suggestions: Harlech or Abersoch
Abersoch’s weather makes it the perfect place to try the sport of Wakeboarding – it has become a popular sport here in recent years. There are many other water based sports your clients can try including sailing and surfing that are popular and centres around the main beach area.
Alternatively, your clients may enjoy pony trekking at Cilan Riding Centre with panoramic views of the coast including Hell's Mouth Bay (Porth Neigwl), Bardsey Island (Ynys Enlli, Isle of the Saints), Cardigan Bay as well as Snowdonia.
Travel to onward destination
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