Getting outdoors in Wales: our top suggestions

Planning a trip to the United Kingdom soon? If you are a fan of the outdoors, you owe it to yourself to spend plenty of time in Wales, as its natural assets are nothing short of stunning.

Below, we will share the best things to do if you plan on getting outdoors in Wales during your time in the British Isles.

1) Hiking in Snowdonia National Park

Avid outdoor enthusiast will not want to miss a chance to explore the mountains, forests, coastlines, and wild areas of Snowdonia National Park, Wale’s largest protected area.

From easy strolls that provide access to scenic viewpoints to challenging scrambles up the side of Snowdon, there are plenty of treks that will provide you with the adventure you crave on holiday.

Looking to breathe in salty sea air instead? There are plenty of trails that skirt the coast as well, with ones like Dinas Oleu providing the best views.

2) Go beach hopping along the coast

While the ocean frontage in Snowdonia is certainly dramatic, there are plenty more beaches along coast of Wales where you can relax or pursue various watersports.

Rhossili Beach, located within a short drive of Swansea, is one of the best spots in Wales to surf the massive waves that roll in from the Atlantic Ocean.

If you are more of a swimmer, then Broad Haven Beach in Pembrokeshire is a great choice, as this calm bay is safe for families to go wading.

While the water here is on the brisk side, there is no better way to cool off on a sweltering midsummer day in Wales than to take a dip at either of the beaches mentioned above. 

3) Check out Aber Falls

Waterfall enthusiasts will have plenty of sights to see during a visit to Wales, as abundant year-round rainfall and mountainous terrain create plenty of the scenic chutes that make for amazing photos and videos.

If you have limited time, though, be sure to go out of your way to see Aber Falls. Located three kilometres south of the village of Abergwyngregyn in Gwynedd, this 120-foot high cataract is one of the country’s most spectacular waterfalls.

Although it is is shockingly chilly, some people still take dips in its gorge during the height of summer, so if you are feeling a bit cheeky, feel free to join them – just be careful of the slippery rocks.

4) Admire the beauty of Bodnant Garden

Just want to admire all the flora that is capable of growing in the mild and wet climate found in Wales? Bodnant Garden is a marvelous place to do just this, as this National Trust managed property carries on the legacy of the Bodnant family, who tended to this land for five generations before it was given over to the government in 1949.

Spread out over 80 acres, you will find everything from Daffodils to Rhododendrons here, in addition to massive virgin stands of trees, which can be hard to find these days in the United Kingdom.

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