Get climbing for an exhilarating time in Mid Wales
We do breathtaking countryside quite well in Wales. There are few ways more exciting to make the most of it than by seeing things from a height you've scaled with your own hands. If you're new to climbing but want to try this incredibly exhilarating challenge during your holiday, you'll be spoilt for places to choose from.
Climb, abseil or zipline
Stop off at Absolute Adventure and you'll be able to build your skills with the help of expert guidance around the Swansea Valley. Before staying the night in modern self-catering accommodation. You can even trek through the sky at the Llangorse Multi Activity Centre, where 14 connected zip lines offer unparalleled views of the Brecon Beacons on a series of trails graded according to age and ability.
Elsewhere around the Beacons National Park, try Dolygaer for caving and spectacular gorge walks. With camping or bunkhouse accommodation allowing you to settle down and relax once you've been invigorated by your outdoor adventures. Pendarren is a large country house with amazing views across the Usk Valley. You can choose anything from taking your first steps on the on-site bouldering wall or abseil tower to trips to the Gower Peninsula, attempting to circumnavigate the local crags.
Centre of excellence
Glasbury House Outdoor Education Centre, Brecon Beacons by Glasbury House Outdoor Education CentreThere's a Georgian manor house around these parts called Glasbury House, which occupies seven acres of land for you to have fun in. It's been a home for outdoor activities for more than 50 years. They'll tailor their activities to meet your level of ability, whether you want to tackle a tricky rock or get a closer look at a gorge.
For a brilliantly simple break, try Fforest Outdoor, in Cardigan, an eco-friendly camping site which aims to reconnect visitors with nature. You can try climbing and abseiling on the cliffs and crags here, or use ropes to head for the canopies of the ancient trees and learn woodland crafts.
Swing from the trees
Klettern im Fforest Camp, Ceredigion by fforestOutdoors at Hay offers yurts, tipis, bell tents and traditional camping in the idyllic setting of Hay-on-Wye. Experienced instructors can take you bouldering, climbing and abseiling in the area surrounding one of Britain's best-loved literary destinations. They reckon they'll get your confidence going quickly if you're new to climbing, and they'll even provide you with a packed lunch. You can be sure of plenty of encouragement and a lasting sense of achievement.
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