Activities in Wales

Days out, Activity, Walking

Posted by Courtney Kelly on 6th June 2022

A surfer in WalesPhoto credit: @phillboyd_outwest

With three national parks – one of which is the UK’s only designated coastal national park – Wales is a land rich in mountains, valleys, flowing rivers and enviable coastlines. All this results in the fact that you are unlikely to be short of fun activities in Wales.

Whether you enjoy hitting the beach and want to try your hand at surfing or you want to go even further and attempt high-octane pursuits like white water rafting and zip-lining, we’ve got the North Wales activities for you. Or perhaps you prefer to saunter along coastal paths or beside one of Wales’ many great rivers; if that’s the case, we have some perfect South Wales activities too.

Whatever your inclination, have a look through our guides to activities in Wales and plan your next trip.

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Walking in Wales

The Wales Coast Path

The best coastal walks in Wales

Wales has nearly 1,700 miles of coastline and nearly 900 miles of that is dedicated to easily traversable paths that are enjoyed year in, year out. Choose a short saunter or a long hike along the Ceredigion Coast Path or the Pembrokeshire Coast Path National Trail, both part of the Wales Coast Path, and take in some towering cliffs and beautiful protected landscapes.

Welsh coastal walks

Penllergare Valley Woods Walk

15 Welsh river walks to explore

Swapping the coast for something further inland, these river walks won’t short-change you on their beauty and charisma. Covering such renowned places as the Wye Valley, the Monmouthshire and Brecon Canal and Cardiff Bay, these atmospheric walks along the waterways will take you past beautiful waterfalls and through gorgeous woodlands.

Walks alongside Welsh rivers

Sports and activities in Wales

A surfer at sunset

9 of the best beaches for surfing in Wales

When it comes to surfing, Wales has it all. And with such an extensive stretch of coast, you’ll need an entire holiday dedicated solely to surfing. Visit Gower, one of South Wales’ premier surf spots, or find a sheltered cove away from the crowds. Whether you’re just starting out or you’re an old hand at hanging ten, you’ll find what you’re after in Wales.

Catch a wave in Wales

White water rafting in Wales

Guide to outdoor activities in Wales

If all the talk of water sports has got your blood pumping, then wait until you read about all the amazing outdoor activities Wales has to offer. There are so many pursuits for adrenaline junkies including canoeing and kayaking if you want to stay water-based or climbing and mountain biking if you want your thrills on dry land. Or for a mix of the two, try canyoning!

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Self-catering cottages in Wales

Find your perfect base from which to plan your Welsh activities with our collection of cottages, lodges, townhouses and more. From luxury coastal retreats to dog-friendly apartments and everything in between, just click the button below to start your Welsh adventure.

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