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Snowdonia

The first area in Wales to be designated a National Park in 1951, the name of course derives from its highest peak, Snowdon. Covering over 800 square miles and including 37 miles of coastline, the area covers a wide range of landscape. There are nine mountain ranges which together cover just over 50% of the National Park, and include many peaks over 3,000ft. Adhering to the philosophy of ‘what goes up must come down’, as you’d imagine in such a mountainous area there are also some stunning steep river gorges, waterfalls and lush valleys, with woodland scattered across the area. To the west of the Park are several stunning estuaries, notably the Mawddach, Dyfi and Dwyryd.
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Walking in Snowdonia

With such an extensive and varied landscape it’s no wonder Snowdonia is recognised as one of the UK’s best walking destinations. From Snowdon itself towards the north end of the National Park to stunning Cadair Idris at the southern end, and all the many beautiful mountains, valleys, rivers and woodlands in between, there’s hiking to suit all tastes in Snowdonia. Take a look here for a more in depth look at Walking in Snowdonia

Climbing in Snowdonia

Not for nothing did Edmund Hillary train for his famous Everest expedition here, and with high mountains it’s natural to expect some fantastic rock climbing. In addition to the cliff faces at Tremadog and Llanberis Pass there is also some great sea cliff climbing on the Llyn Peninsula, with routes suitable for all levels. If the weather doesn’t play ball there are also a few top quality indoor centres, and the area is also home to Plas y Brenin, the National Mountain Sports Centre, offering an unrivalled range of courses for climbers. Take a look here for a more in depth look at Climbing in Snowdonia
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Cycling in Snowdonia

Snowdonia has long been a mecca for mountain biking, though there are some fantastic family-friendly trails to enjoy too, and a resurgence of interest in road cycling has led more people to enjoy the stunning landscapes visible from some breathtaking road routes. The Fford Brailsford Way comprises 2 cycling routes in honour of one it’s more famous cycling sons (Sir Dave Brailsford), one at 50km and one at 75km (following the same route, one with an extension). The route starts and finishes at the Menai Straits before heading past Caenarfon Castle and on towards Snowdon, heading over Pen y Pass at the foot of some the most well-known paths up the country’s tallest mountain. There it splits, with the shorter route heading to Beddgelert before turning back towards the Menai Straits, whilst the longer route heads out further east to Betws-y-Coed before twisting through the mining area of Blaenau Ffestiniog and then rejoining the shorter route at Beddgelert. For mountain bikers, they are well served by some of the country’s best purpose built centres, with Coed y Brenin being Britain’s largest, whilst Blaenau Ffestiniog is home to world class downhill trails. Other areas with great singletrack include Beddgelert, Dyfi, Gwydir and Penmachno whilst for those looking for more purist cross-country riding there’s plenty of incredible terrain to explore, with guides being available to help you discover the best for your level. For family cycling, try the seven family-friendly Gwynedd Recreational Routes, offering over 30 miles of traffic free riding along old railway lines and with great views of the Menai Straits and Llyn Padarn.
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Canoeing and Kayaking in Snowdonia

Paddling under Wales’ biggest Mountain, Mount Snowdon, offers a relaxing way to see stunning views, cliffs and old slate mines. You can rent kayaks in several lakes and rivers around Snowdon or in Snowdonia itself. For views of Mount Snowdon, you can rent kayaks near Llyn Gwynant (where Lara Croft and Tomb Raider II was filmed), or to see views of old slate mines and stunning cliffs Llyn Padarn is a good place to start. Perhaps the highlight for more experienced paddlers would be the Afon Tryweryn near Bala, which is home to the National White Water Centre and a fantastic stretch of white water controlled by dam release. Snowdonia has over 200 miles of coastline and 35 beaches, so there’s a wealth of opportunities for sea kayaking in snowdonia too. Check out our specific page for Canoeing and Kayaking in Snowdonia
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Watersports in Snowdonia

In addition to the canoeing and kayaking mentioned above, there’s also some great paddleboarding to be done on some of the lakes mentioned above, as well as along the coast at some of the great beaches, such as around Barmouth. White Water rafting is amongst the best in Britain at the National White Water Centre near Bala, whilst Bala lake itself is a windsurfing and sailing mecca, getting good reliable cross-shore winds from the west. The Menai Straits themselves also act as a wind funnel, making it a windsport paradise, and home to the National Outdoor Centre at Plas Menai, where sailing and windsurfing take centre stage. For kitesurfing fans nearby Rhosneigr on Anglesea offers some great riding conditions with activity providers to get you going if you’re new to it all. And not forgetting that Snowdonia is home to the very first artificial surf lake in the UK! So if you’re after some surf and want guaranteed waves (at a price) this is for you!

Fun Outdoor Activities in Snowdonia

If you’re simply looking for something a bit different then Snowdonia has more than got you covered. It’s home to some of the best and fastest ziplines in the world, as well as personal forest roller-coaster rides, downhill karting, underground via ferrata, high ropes, and even an underground trampoline network!
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Outdoor Activities for Kids and Toddlers

Getting kids outdoors is vital to mental and physical health. What can sometimes seem daunting to parents, it doesn’t have to be anymore. Facilities have improved vastly across many places. What’s important is to stay stocked up with all necessary supplies and never be too far away from facilities. Search for ‘Suitable for families’ in our listing page and you’ll find all activities that providers have suggested are suitable for kids. If you’re looking for other alternatives for your kids, check out the National Trust Outdoor Spaces, Forestry England and search for your local AONB.
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Outdoor Activities for Adults

Beyonk is the home to finding outdoor activities to do. Simply search through our listing page to explore your local outdoor activity for adults! Rock climbing is often a sport we try out in school which many adults are returning back to. It’s becoming ever more popular as a great way to get fit, see the best of the UK and gain a strong community of like-minded people. There’s a wealth of kayaking, canoeing, paddleboarding and other Watersports opportunities nearby and a wealth of adventure activity weekends to choose from. If you’re after something more specifically, drop us a message and we’ll scout it out for you.

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