10 great outdoor experiences in North Wales
North Wales has recently been named in Lonely Planet’s 2017 Best in Travel list – making it one of the top places in the world to visit. No other region in the UK made the list this time around, so what makes North Wales so special?
Well aside from the natural landscapes and stunning scenery, North Wales is home to a whole host of attractions – mainly aimed at thrill seekers and lovers of the great outdoors.
Check out our list below for everything that should definitely be in your list of places to visit!
And don’t forget if you’re studying at Wrexham Glyndwr University, you’ll have all this on your doorstep!
Absorb the breath-taking views on top of Snowdon
The highest mountain in Wales, Snowdon is located more than 1000m above sea level and provides access to stunning views at the top via six walking routes. If you don’t fancy the walk, you can travel to the summit on the historic Snowdon Mountain Railway.
The world’s first inland lagoon in the Conwy Valley lets you ride man-made waves at different heights depending on your skill levels – making it a great place to learn how to ride the surf.
North Wales’ three mountain bike centres – at Coed Llandegla, Coed y Brenin and Antur Stiniog – are just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to finding perfect trails to ride on.
Descend at 100mph on the world’s fastest zip wire
Zip Wire Velocity in Bethesda is the longest in Europe – and it’s pretty breathtaking when you’re on it. Its Big Zipper ride descends at speeds over 100mph, making it the fastest in the world as well. For a completely different experience, why not head to their other site, Bounce Below where you can have some pure unadulterated fun, bouncing from net to net in a deep underground cavern!
Hike the Wales coastal path
One of the best ways to explore the natural beauty of Wales. Hike in North, Mid or South Wales on any part of this 870-mile route along the Welsh coastline.
Snowdonia National Park is a haven for rock climbing. You can hone your skills before heading outdoors at indoor climbing facility The Boardroom, located in nearby Queensferry, Flintshire.
World Heritage Listed and located less than 11 miles from our Wrexham campus, this dynamic feat of civil engineering attracts visitors from all over the world.
Test your sense of adventure in the water
The mountains of North Wales tower above of hundreds of rivers and streams, making for some first class terrain for adventure in the water. Kayaking, canyoning, coasteering, White Water Rafting to name but a few activities - you can find adventure activity providers all over North Wales.
Castles form some of the most striking landmarks in North Wales. Conwy, Caernarfon and Beaumaris are among the most visited along with Chirk Castle, a National Trust property just a short drive from Wrexham.
Set on the beautiful Llyn Peninsula, the iconic Portmeirion village is famous for its quirky, Italian style architecture, originally made famous in the cult 1960s TV show The Prisoner. It’s now home to the annual Festival No 6 – one of the UKs most intimate and eclectic events in the music calendar.