North Wales is fast becoming a new Mecca of outdoor activities and leisure sport. With already the enticing prospect of the Snowdonia National Park, of which mountains, lakes, rivers and woodlands have attracted adventurers for hundreds of years. Now, those who appreciate and frequent these outdoor hotspots have built a select number of facilities which transformed underappreciated or otherwise disused locations into an accessible experience for all.
The hottest place in the world this year found itself in the Conwy Valley of all places. International attention was drawn towards the world’s first commercial artificial surf lagoon. Wavegarden technology implemented to create a 12 second, 2 meter high wave. The season reached its zenith with the Red Bull Unleashed surfing event, with pro surfers from all over the world finding themselves ripping up the waves in the mountains of North Wales.
Transforming the abandoned caves deep below Blaenau Ffestiniog into a bouncing paradise, the caverns are home to a course of suspended trampolines which are stretched high above the inky blackness of the caves below. This really is an experience like no other.
Tree tops adventure high ropes course is a woodland outing you are unlikely to forget in a hurry. A number of contraptions and obstacles will take you into a new era of adventure. Featuring the Power fan Plummet, in which a large fan provides resistance as you leap from the summit of a high point, and the Sky ride, a huge 5-seater swing which will take you up flying into the air!
North Wales’ mining history is being put to good use once again; caving enthusiasts will be delighted to discover this series of challenges which are available on these organised caving expeditions. Adventure deep below the mountains of north Wales, in which you will have to utilise equipment in order to get through a number of obstacles, including subterranean lakes, abseils, zip lines, heights, traverses and much more depending on which difficulty of challenge you tackle, ranging from ‘Go Below Challenge’, through ‘Go Below Xtreme’ and now ‘Ultimate Xtreme’ varieties. Careful of your selection, the harder courses are not for the faint hearted.
Glide high above the valleys of Snowdonia with the largest zip wire in North Wales. There are now two huge sites for this unbelievable zip challenge, Zip World Titan and Velocity. A third course is being made public also, Zip World Caverns, which sells itself as an ‘Indiana Jones-esque’ adventure, swinging through the Snowdonian Caves.
For those visiting from out of town and looking for accommodation near Zip World or any of the other attractions you will find a great selection of hotels, b & b’s, camp site as well as holiday parks close by.