Being very passionate about the outdoors and all the lovely places that surround us in Wales, coupled with all the amazing adventures and sports you can do here; I thought it would be good to put a short list together. So here are my top 4 places you should visit in Wales if you are looking for beauty spots, outdoor activities or simply some time in the outstanding nature.
Rhossili (Surfing/ Coasteering/ Hiking/ Paragliding/ Climbing )
This is possibly my favourite place in Wales. Located in Gower (The Gower Peninsula), approx. 30 minutes from Swansea and 1h.30 from Cardiff. With 3 miles of sandy shore, a beautiful view of one of Gower’s most famous landmark, The Worm’s Head and a great spot for surfing, hiking, paragliding and climbing; it sits at the top of my list. The bay has been in top 10 in the world and voted 3rd best in the UK. It doesn’t matter how many times I go to Rhossili, it still takes my breath away. Not to forget it is an outstanding place to catch the sunset. I run a lot of events in Gower for women to try alternative sports so go and visit my website Letzshare. If you want to learn to surf get in touch with Jamie from Progress Surf School; for any other activities (climbing, kayaking, paddle boarding, hiking) check out Gower Activities Centre.
Pembrokeshire (Kayaking/ Surfing/ Hiking/ Coasteering/ Wake-boarding)
Another absolutely beautiful place. The list is endless for places to visit in Pembrokeshire. St David’s is a lovely village to stay, you can either book a hotel, a guest house or bring a camper-van/ pitch a tent. Newgale and Whitesands are beautiful beaches to surf at but you can book various activities such as kayaking, surfing, coasteering with TYF Adventure which is situated in the centre of the village.
If you’re looking to try some wake boarding then I would definitely recommend Pembrokeshire Wake Park. Staff were super friendly and really helped me develop quickly during my lesson. We went for my birthday last year and camped next door at the Snooty Fox Inn. It was really decently priced but very basic, all we needed for a weekend away to wake board. I would go back any time and stay. Other places to visit: Barafundle Bay (parking is limited on a busy day) & Bosherston.
Llanberis (Hiking, zip wire, surfing)
A great place to stay if you are thinking of hiking up Snowdon (or catching the train up). We stayed in Llanberis, hiked Snowdonia and on day 2 visited Betws y Coed Zip World to do the Zip wire for which it is famously known. If you are into mountain biking it is also meant to be brilliant for downhill. Unfortunately we ran out of time, but we were meant to visit Surf Snowdonia , a wave garden surf lagoon. So you can surf inland on this artificial surf lake. This is on my list for when I return to North Wales.
Afan- (Mountain biking/ Walking)
Afan Forest Park is located in Neath Port Talbot in South Wales, for more information on things to see and do in Neath Port Talbot visit http://www.visitnpt.co.uk. This is a beautiful area which I only discovered last year when I ran my first Women’s Mountain Bike ride with Sarah from Mountains and Memories Guided Rides for Women. A lovely green area where you can spend a relaxing day walking or get the adrenaline to kick in with some mountain biking. I would also suggest a coffee and cake at Afan Lodge. It can be described as a ‘Swiss Lodge’ and base camp for high adrenalin sports with its mountain top location overlooking the the Afan Valley and its Mountain Biking trails and welsh mountain walks.
I hope you get to visit some of these lovely places. Have a great time and let me know where you go!