5 activity adventures in South Wales Within two hours of London and the Midlands we have world-class mountain-biking, the best coastal walks and beaches perfect for catching a wave. Why aren’t you coming out to play? Surfing in Porthcawl Surfing at Porthcawl, Glamorgan Heritage Coast Pro surfers drop everything when conditions fire up its wave. Yet the reason why Porthcawl scores high for most of us is variety. With ample space and decent waves, Rest Bay is great for intermediate surfers while beginners can guarantee a lesson because surrounding beaches can handle most wind directions. Who’d have thought so much fun could be just 30 minutes from Cardiff? Search for surfing operators in Porthcawl, South Wales White water rafting in Cardiff Rafting at Cardiff International White Water Who a few years ago who would’ve thought the Welsh capital would rank as an activity break? Opened in 2010, the Cardiff International White Water Course brings a mountain of adventure to Cardiff Bay and cranks up the fun-factor to 11. Kids and first-timers love it, yet pro paddlers rate it too because it condenses the rough-and-tumble of river rafting into an intense 254m run. More rafting operators in South Wales Canoeing in the Wye Valley Canoeing on calm waters, River Wye by Team Black Hawk There are 100 miles of navigable water to explore by canoe from Monmouth. Family-friendly trips are available and last from half a day to five; nights are snug under canvas or in a B&B. Drift downstream past beech woods, abbey ruins and kingfishers. Search for canoeing and kayaking operators in the Wye Valley and Vale of Usk Mountain Biking in Afan Forest Park Cycling in the Afan Forest, Neath Port Talbot The best biking in Britain, said the Guardian. World-class, reckoned the Daily Telegraph. Even in a country renowned for mountain biking, Afan Forest Park is revered. At the head of a beautiful valley, its 60 miles of world-class biking span from kiddie-friendly circuits to a 44km epic to make your fillings rattle. So if you’ve got the bike, it has the trail. Actually, even if you haven’t – there’s hire too. Find out more about mountain biking at Afan Forest Park Walking the Vale Coast Path Ogmore Castle, near Bridgend, Vale of Glamorgan by Paula J James The 14km coastline between Ogmore and West Aberthaw might be the best-kept walkers’ secret in Wales. Though close to Cardiff, its fossil-studded Jurassic cliffs swoop to beautiful beaches like Dunraven Bay at Southerndown. One minute you’re gazing out to Exmoor the next you’re in intimate bluebell woods. There are ancient castles at Ogmore and St Donat’s and a lovely tea-hut at Nash Point for a cuppa. Search for walking operators on the Glamorgan Heritage Coast Enjoy this? Share it with friends Related items South Wales' wildlife Wildlife is everywhere you look - from rare butterflies to bats and orchids to bluebell fields. Fly south for winter A blaze of autumn colours kicks off a season of winter wildlife. Bala breaks A lake surrounded by mountains, rich in culture, Bala is ‘real’ Wales at its very best. Faith in South Wales Your guide to some of the special sites of faith heritage across South Wales. Active in the Valleys Forget winter – it's finally time to get outside and have loads of fun without freezing. 5 coastal bird sounds Discover five evocative bird sounds that you might hear on your coastal journey.