Activities And Things To Do
Adrenalise your day. Jump, slide, swim, abseil and even zip wire down some of Snowdonia’s most spectacular canyons and gorges. That’s canyoning in a nutshell; a real adventure. If that sounds too much then gorge scrambling is an ideal alternative. Just as much fun for the less gung ho.
Gradient Adventure specialises in providing exciting canyoning and gorge scrambles in Snowdonia National Park. Owned and run by Glyn Calland, Gradient Adventure also provides a whole range of other thrilling outdoor adventures, such as coasteering, climbing, mountaineering, mountain walking, kayaking and canoeing.
Glyn is a qualified Mountain Instructor, Canoe Coach and teacher. He has lived and worked in Snowdonia for 20 years. For more details visit: www.gradientadventure.co.uk
Anelu Aim Higher - Mountaineering Skills
Anelu Aim Higher is based in the heart of Snowdonia in North Wales and provides a wide range of outdoor activities. They offer guided walks throughout summer and winter including on Snowdon, friendly instructional courses such as hill and mountain skills as well as the more technical activities like winter skills, indoor or outdoor climbing and abseiling. They also offer bespoke and tailored activities such as family bush craft sessions, nature walks, wild camping experiences and historical walks.
Anelu Aim Higher is owned by Stephen Jones. Mountains have been a part of Stephen’s life for over 25 years. His experiences have led him from his native Ogwen Valley in Snowdonia to the Swiss and French Alps, other parts of Europe, Norway, and Central America as well as parts of the UK, both in summer and winter. A qualified Summer and Winter Mountain Leader as well as a former Royal Marine and Military Ski Instructor, Stephen and his team always strive to provide a fun, safe and enjoyable experience.
As an authorised provider under the Adventure Activities Licensing Service (AALS), Stephen is able to offer a varied programme for schools, youth groups, scout groups and families. He is also able to provide courses under the Hill and Mountain Skills banner which are accredited by Mountain Training. A fluent Welsh speaker, Stephen is keen to promote the Welsh language, history, attractions and communities of Wales and Snowdonia in particular.
If you can stand up unassisted and are between 12 and 102 years old then you can Segway! The upper weight limit is about 16 stones (90kg). Segway Park is located between Caernarfon and Llanberis, less than 2 miles from Snowdon. Learn to Segway and ride a delightful yet challenging course in our woodland park filled with birdsong. Your Segway experience starts with group instruction then one-to-one intensive personal training on a Segway. Once we are confident you can ride confidently you glide into the woodland and experience increasingly more technical Segway riding. Your experience lasts 90 minutes. Contact Segway Park on 01286 870562 or 07720484949 or book online at www.segwaypark.co.uk
For experienced riders we also run a Segway safari in Snowdonia. The safari is breath-taking with Snowdon as a back drop with this iconic mountain prominent throughout your journey. You will glide past old mines, a picturesque lake, over brooks and streams, through forests and marshes with spooky roots and grassy glades. Views and sounds of the Welsh Highland Railway and steam trains can be encountered en route. Also pause along the way to appreciate the beauty of your surroundings, learn the history of the local mine and try some of the tongue twisting names of mountains and lakes. The journey involves an hour of Segwaying - the actual time depending on how long you stop to admire the stupendous views. Ring 01286 870562/0772048494 to book on a safari.
At Psyched Paddleboarding we paddle board in beautiful places. Set up by Sian Sykes, a fully qualified, professional and friendly outdoor instructor based in Anglesey and Snowdonia, in North Wales. Her mission is to inspire others, and to offer a truly unique and memorable stand up paddle boarding adventure, either by hiking to a tranquil lake in Snowdonia, or exploring the rugged Anglesey coastline. Stand up paddle boarding is a great way of exploring the wonderful scenery of North Wales and re connecting with nature.
Sian provides guests with high quality kit, equipment and instruction. Psyched Paddleboarding provide exciting Day Adventures, Introduction to SUP, SUP Guiding, SUP Safety and Awareness Skills and SUP hire. We also offer exciting holidays, such as SUP retreats in Anglesey. Sian has a wealth of experience leading expeditions, and can prepare you for your SUP expedition too.
See more at www.psychedpaddleboarding.com
Easily the most affordable way to play paintball in Wales. Our paintball park in North Wales is located in Bangor, with stunning Snowdonia as the backdrop to your paintball adventures. Enjoy our custom-made paintball game zones, including 'Sniper' and the 'Bridge Game.' A fantastic way to celebrate a birthday party or a stag/hen do in North Wales. Paintball Bangor gives you the most bang for your buck. Play paintball and say goodbye to boring birthday parties. See more at www.paintballing.co.uk
North Wales Rock Climbing
North Wales Rock Climbing offers a variety of mountain activities from guided climbing, scrambling and walking, to navigation and mountain leadership skills. Based in Snowdonia National Park we are in the perfect location to access some of the best climbing and walking areas in the UK. You will be looked after by experienced and knowledgeable instructors with a passion for the outdoors.
For more information and prices please contact Simon on 07980 577525 or email [email protected]
or visit the website www.northwalesrockclimbing.co.uk
Bach Ventures an Adventure Activities Provider
Bach Ventures have a passion for developing everyone’s enjoyment and knowledge of our area and the exciting activities they offer. Their staff all hold National Governing Body qualifications in the activities they run and are happy to provide you their Risk Assessments and Operating Procedures should you wish them.
Kayaking / Sea Kayaking Courses / Rock Climbing / Coasteering / Gorge Scrambling / Hill and Navigation Skills / School and Youth Groups / Stag and Hen Do’s / Team Building / Family Adventures
Bookings: Please email [email protected] or ring us (01286 650643) to discuss your requirement. www.bachventures.co.uk
Live on the Edge
Terry James Walker offers rock climbing courses based out of Llanberis, in the heart of the Snowdonia mountains, North Wales. Within a 30 minute radius they have access to the best rock climbing in the UK. The courses start at complete novice level, with no rock climbing experience and build up to problem solving and improvised rescue techniques for experienced rock climbers. Alternatively they offer a day out Scrambling. This is considered to be hillwalking with elements of easy climbing, alternatively as easy climbing with elements of hillwalking! It's one of Terry's favourite activities and gives the best days adventure out in the mountains. In Snowdonia we are blessed with natural ridge lines and rocky outcrops leading to summits, these courses allow you to truly enjoy them. Call 07919 484209 to book.
Snowdonia Guided Sightseeing Tour - The Mountains of 'Myths & Legends'
The day will be spent exploring the Snowdonia National Park around Mount Snowdon travelling via the Nant Ffrancon Pass, Ogwen Valley, Snowdonia Lakes, Nant Gwynant, Beddgelert, Caernarfon, Llanberis and the Menai Strait. The spectacular scenic tour will also involve visiting castles and forts as well as providing an excellent introduction to hill farming and the slate quarries, which have had a profound effect on the heritage of Snowdonia. It's recommended that you participate in one of our tour/walks when you visit Wales at the start of your holiday as the knowledge and information you will gain from our guides will give you the confidence to become a more independent traveller for the rest of your stay. www.celticos.com/snowdonia-guided-sightseeing-tour
Dragon park comes to Llŷn
Dragon Raiders Activity park offer paintball in North Wales and is set in beautiful woodland on the Llŷn Peninsula which includes a Dragon Raiders Paintball Park, Segway Adventures and the exclusive Bear Grylls Survival Challenge. The Paintball is situated with 30 acres of prime forest, where specially designed game zones have been created to give you the ultimate Paintball experience. Segway Adventures offers fun for all the family, choose to glide through relaxing forest treks or take on the challenge of going off-road on one of the Rally Treks. Enjoy the thrill of gliding on a Segway X2, designed to put a smile on your face!! The Bear Grylls Survival Challenge is the perfect opportunity to share a truly memorable and fun experience. Discover and learn Bear’s key survival skills and techniques and then take on the ‘Escape from Cabin Wood’ challenge. Open all year! 01766 523 119, www.dragonraiders.co.uk, [email protected]
Boutique Tours of North Wales and The Snowdonia National Park
They operate a private and small group sightseeing tours around the Snowdonia National Park. International visitors rate their tour experience with them as one of the best tours that they take during their visit to Britain. ‘You’ll just love where we are going take you!’ Best of all their tours start right from the front door of where you stay and they take you to places that the conventional tour buses can’t reach. So if you want to discover more of the destination and make the most of your visit, then their tours will help capture the very best of the National Park with stunning scenery, great history, amazing culture, hidden gems and some of the very best photographic locations that you would never find on your own! All you have to do is sit back, relax and enjoy touring in uncompromising style on a Boutique Tour of the Snowdonia National Park.
Horse riders and pony trekkers have an inspiring choice of bridlepaths and routes that take them along wooded vales and beaches and up into our glorious high country. Absolute beginners and accomplished expert riders are equally welcome at equine centres in coast and country locations. One of our classic rides is a half-day trek through rugged terrain and open mountains, with the Snowdon range on one side and the Irish Sea on the other.
Golf as it should be
It’s the special brand of Welsh golf, played on friendly, accessible courses. We have around 20, including three of the UK’s finest – Royal St David’s at Harlech, the classic links at Aberdyfi, and iconic Nefyn, perched on cliffs along the Llŷn Peninsula. There’s also a good choice of nine-hole courses such as such as scenic Cricieth and challenging Betws y Coed. Legendary course designer James Braid did some of his best work in North Wales – as you’ll discover when you follow the new James Braid Golf Trail, which links 10 of his courses.
Or, as it’s sometimes called, gorge walking. It’s just one of many things you can do at multi-activity centres that serve up everything from abseiling to raft building, orienteering to kayaking. Let’s be honest, you can sample these activities almost anywhere nowadays, but what makes them special is where they take place – in other words, our inspirational surroundings, which give us the edge on other destinations. After all, the team that first conquered Everest chose to train here. And, as Chris Wright from Snowdonia Active says, Snowdonia is ‘a landscape that resonates with history, intrigue and adventure’.
Plas is the place
Plas y Brenin National Mountain Centre at Capel Curig is ‘the most complete outdoor destination in the UK’ according to respected outdoor writer Jon Sparks. He goes on to say: ‘The centre offers a wide range of courses varying from walking to rock climbing, mountain biking to navigation and mountain rescue. Instructors, students, novices and experts are all part of one community, united in a passion for the outdoors.’
Watching the birdie
Lapwings, shellducks and black-tailed godwits are some of the residents at Conwy Nature Reserve, a ‘wild oasis on the edge of Snowdonia’. Also out on a limb – quite literally – is Ynys Enlli off the tip of the Llŷn Peninsula. The birdlife at this National Nature Reserve is amazing – teeming populations of Manx shearwaters (a staggering 16,000 pairs), oystercatchers, razorbills and kittiwakes. But the bird that all true twitchers really want to spot is the rare osprey. One of the few places in Britain is the RSPB’s Glaslyn Osprey Project near Porthmadog, where you may catch sight of them in the skies or by nest-cam.
What’s the cache?
Geocaching is the latest way to get to know our Great Outdoors. It’s a kind of old-fashioned treasure hunt using GPS technology with the aim of finding hidden high-tech treasure known as geocaches – and, in our case, exploring some fantastic mountain, forest and coastal scenery at the same time.
Go below ground with Corris Mine Explorers, the company that kits you out with hard hat and lamp and guides you through an abandoned slate mine first worked in 1836. There’s a similar experience near Betws y Coed with Go Below Underground Adventures.
Keeping it green (and blue)
Our southern Snowdonia countryside from Aberdyfi to Dinas Mawddwy and beyond, centred around the Dyfi Valley, is very green in more ways than one. Its woods and hills, home to the Centre for Alternative Technology, are Wales’s only UNESCO Biosphere reserve, a special place where conservation and sustainable development go hand in hand. Aberdyfi is also close to the starting point of Pen Llŷn a’r Sarnau, the wildlife-rich Special Conservation Area that runs along the coast all the way to the Llŷn Peninsula.
Escape to North Wales – Experience a unique retreat package combining stylish Bed & Breakfast with bespoke courses to Optimise your Life, Explore your Life Choices / Life Changes with transformational NLP coaching located by the Menai Straits in the foothills of Snowdonia, additionally offering special all-inclusive packages for 4-6 people.