There's nothing like spending time in the countryside or by the sea to reduce the stress levels. It could be just the tonic you need. So, here's a rundown of social distancing activities to try here in Wales.
Our tourism providers have worked hard to put measures in place to keep you distanced and safe, adopting the UK tourism industry's 'Good to Go' standards. So you can be confident about your safety and comfort. Given the need for social distancing, activities need to be booked in advance. Most operators offer free rebooking or a refund if changes to regulations mean your trip can't take place.
And before you book, please check the latest coronavirus regulations guidance.
Paddle boarding and surfing
With our wide, shallow beaches and shimmering lakes, Wales is a great place to get on a board. Stand up paddleboarding, also known as SUP, is one of the fastest growing watersports - probably because it's far easier to get to grips with than surfing! And as a solo activity out on the water, it's ideal for social distancing too.
If surfing is more your thing, there are lots of places to learn to surf in Wales. Pembrokeshire, Gower and the Llŷn Peninsula offer wide beaches, with easy regular surf. You can book lessons year-round at numerous certified surf schools. Full wetsuits are provided, so you won't feel cold - even in winter!
Kayaking and canoeing
If standing up to paddle seems like hard work, then feel free to sit down! Whether it's a family canoe on a mountain lake, a pulse-racing descent on a whitewater raft or a wild kayak across a pristine estuary, there's plenty to keep you busy. Some restrictions apply for rafting and you need to book in advance.
Discover our top spots for canoeing and kayaking in Wales.
Gorge walking, canyoning and coasteering
Of course you don't need to be on a board to enjoy some watery adventures. Hiking through ancient valleys is given an extra twist if you're kitted out to get wet! Gorge walking (or canyoning) involves scrambling, abseiling and swimming your way deep into unexplored terrain. You'll see parts of Wales few get to see: Snowdonia is a great place to try gorge walking. As these are all small group activities with an expert guide they conform to social distancing regulations too.
Wales is the spiritual home of coasteering - which is the seaborne equivalent of gorge walking. Pull on a wetsuit, buoyancy aid, helmet, gloves and boots and your guide will show you how to jump, scramble and swim around the coastline.
It's of course essential that you do these activities with a qualified guide.
Golf is an ideal social distancing activity. Golf courses in Wales offer hugely varied terrain and spectacular views of mountains and sea. You'll find a warm welcome at our courses, with additional safety measures in place. But it's essential to book your tee time in advance and check ahead to make sure your chosen course isn't subject to any restrictions.
There are few things better for calming the mind than the tang of sea air, the rush of the waves and a wild sandy beach all to yourself. Away from the busy months of summer, many of our beaches in Wales can be wonderfully remote. What could be a better way to forget the confusion of everyday life than a bracing stroll with only the curlews and seagulls for company?
Fancy a stroll? We have more than 20,000 miles of public footpaths to explore and our National Parks account for nearly a quarter of the country. With so much space, you won't see many people, particularly during the quieter months. Lesser visited spots to revel in the solitude include the Cambrian Mountains, the Anglesey coast and the Clwydian Range and Dee Valley.
Read more about walking in Wales.
Open water swimming
With many municipal pools closed or at reduced capacity, people all over the country are discovering the invigorating delights of open water swimming. Sure it can be chilly, but that's the appeal - that jolt of cold is just the tonic for getting your endorphins rushing and your pulse pumping. Take your pick from swimming in a pristine mountain lake or taking to the salty waters at a secret cove.
Swimming in open water is very different to swimming in a pool. Unseen currents, cold water and waves make it much more challenging. Join a local club or learn from experts before taking the plunge - we always recommend using a guide or swimming with a club in open water. Read more top tips on how to swim safely.
A fishing break is a perfect social distancing activity. You don't need to be an experienced angler to enjoy fishing in Wales. With peaceful rivers like the River Teifi in Carmarthen or the Tywi in West Wales, carp-rich lakes and pike-filled reservoirs, there's space for everyone to cast a line and relax.
We also have 750 miles of coastline with lots of spots to fish from the shore. During the summer months, small boat charters are available for brilliant days out for all the family too. Operators have adopted Coronavirus guidelines with reduced numbers on board and deep cleaning regimes.
Making a trip of it?
Social distancing holidays in Wales are particularly easy if you self cater. Stock up on tasty local produce like crumbly cheeses, tasty lamb, fresh fruit and fragrant honey and you can stay snug in your bubble and just enjoy time outdoors in the fresh air together.
Whether you choose a holiday cottage, a campsite or a caravan park, or one of our hotels or guesthouses, you can be sure that our accommodation providers are taking extra precautions to keep everyone safe.
Read the latest Welsh Government updates on holiday accommodation in Wales.
In summer months there are campsites in every corner of Wales, offering peace and tranquillity with miles of countryside or coastline outside your tent flap. If you're planning on camping in Wales, check for any restrictions that may be in place. Providers are following government guidelines to keep shared facilities safe. During the winter months traditional campsites offering pitches for tents are closed.
With your own log burner inside a funky cabin or sturdy yurt, a bit of wind and rain won't bother you. There all kinds of cool glamping options in Wales and many stay open during winter. Fans of sustainable holidays particularly love them as lots are eco-friendly and off-grid. We've rounded up some of the most stunning glamping spots in Wales.
If you're the proud owner of a campervan or caravan, then Wales is a great place for a socially distanced break. With mystical mountains, rolling hills and crashing breakers as standard when it comes to scenery, the view from the windows won't be too shabby either. Unsurprisingly, Wales is very popular for motorhome and caravan holidays, so please book in advance and don't park anywhere other than an officially designated site.
When it comes to self catering cottages and apartments, you're spoilt for choice in Wales. Chances are you'll be wanting somewhere a little more remote if you're thinking about social distancing. Well, don't worry! There are plenty of cosy cottages where you can curl up in front of a log fire after a day stomping across the Welsh countryside.
Operators are adhering to government guidelines, in particular deep cleaning between bookings. This means you may need to check in a little later and check out a little earlier than previously. Many offer free rebooking or cancellation if changes to restrictions mean it's no longer possible to visit.
Hotels and guesthouses
Of course our hotels and guesthouses have put safety measures like protective screens and enhanced cleaning regimes in place too. So if you prefer to let someone else do the cooking, there are boutique boltholes, world class international hotels and cosy B&Bs here waiting to welcome you.
Find out more about how tourism businesses in Wales are Good to Go.
Exploring the outdoors is fantastic fun, but please read up on the risks and make sure you are prepared.
- Follow these tips from the RNLI for staying safe on the Welsh coast.
- Visit AdventureSmart.uk for further information on how to stay safe whilst exploring Wales.