North Wales is one of the best areas in the world if white water rafting is your thing. But what about beginners wanting to give it a go? It’s Wales’ Year of Adventure, so flocks of us are looking to try and experience something new. Call it finding your epic. Call it starting a new activity that’s more of an upper body workout than what you’d get in a sweaty, cramped gym. Call it finding, experiencing and enjoying new things. Call it what you like- it’s still a great deal of fun to get out there and just do. For those of us that fancy a flight of adrenaline in their activities and not in their accommodation, there are a series of hotels in Conwy and Snowdonia that offer a premium experience that certainly won’t make your toes curl.
The National White Water Centre just next to Bala and it’s beautiful lake is an excellent place for both beginners and those at an intermediate level. Their taster course is reasonably priced at £35 (with an extra £5 added on for wetsuit and boot hire) and involves two action packed runs down the upper Tryweryn’s grade 3-4 natural white water rapids. Please keep in mind that the minimum age for this session is 12 years old, and you’ll have to known how to swim. The White Water Centre, in the name of safety require that all rafters can swim at least 25m (easy!) before being allowed to brave the rapids. The session is about an hour long, and if you develop a taste for white-knuckling your way through one of the very best Welsh rivers, then there’s other packages available such as the Orca Adventure and the Tryweryn Safari.
What about when you’re done for the day? There’s an excellent and completely high-quality Inn just under an hour away called the Groes Inn. The most historic pub in Wales, with a series of seriously high-quality rooms, and for those really looking to push the boat out, the High Cabin. The Groes Inn is known nationally as an excellent place to eat as well, Michelin starred (of course!) and has held an AA Rosette for well over 10 years.
Whether you’re looking for an experience to start or continue, as well as a fab place to stay, North Wales has a lot to offer. We’ll see you on the rapids.