It’s not all about the mountains you know! Snowdonia may take its name from its infamous peak but the region also boasts miles and miles of beautiful coastline as well as a vast collection of beautiful lakes, reservoirs, rivers and estuaries.
Ok, so it is about the mountains a little bit, because the backdrop that accompanies you everywhere in Snowdonia is simply one of the most stunning, exhilarating and thrilling landscapes in the UK. It’s not a bad place to have a splash around.
You’ll find activity centres that specialise in just about every water sport you can think of – from wild swimming to paddle boarding to white water rafting. And Snowdonia will soon be home to the world’s first publicly accessible artificial surf lake too – Surf Snowdonia is due to open in August 2015. It’s set to be a fantastic addition to the region’s water sports facilities.
Take a look below at how you can get started on the water in Snowdonia.
Where you’re on the coast or in the mountains, Surf-Lines will help you have a great adventure on the water in Snowdonia. Qualified instructors will help you dip your toes into open water swimming, canoeing, kayaking, sea kayaking, stand up paddleboarding, and coasteering. They’ll teach unaccompanied children from age 8 and upwards, but will welcome younger children if accompanied by an adult. Surf-Lines runs activity sessions for different age groups throughout the school holidays.
Take the plunge and get back to nature with a guided swim in North Wales' finest waters. Choose from a mountain lake (llyn in Welsh), a hidden river, the open seas or even a secluded, 'secret' spot be it an old slate quarry or a remote, natural plunge pool. Gabby is a qualified instructor and experienced swimming coach so you'll be in great hands whatever your needs; whether you want to improve your technique, discover something unique or get that perfect holiday shot!
Rates are £200 for up to 4 people for a full day and £60 per head after that. This includes lunch, hot drinks, transport and safety cover as well as the all important westuit hire, changing robes and dry bags. Unfotunately only adults wetsuits are available, so any children will need a well fitting wetsuit themselves.
Try your hand at canoeing, kayaking and raft building as well as coasteering, canyoning and gorge scrambling. Boulder Adventures is based in Llanberis, a pretty mountain village on the southern shore of the beautiful Lake Padarn at the foot of Mount Snowdon. They will deliver group or private activities across Snowdonia, Anglesey and the Lleyn. Boulder Adventure will supply your wetsuit and all your safety gear.
North Wales Active runs bespoke private courses which are tailored to suit your group whether you’re coming as a family, a stag or hen party, or just a group of friends. Try your hand at inland or sea kayaking, as well as gorge scrambling and coasteering. All courses are delivered by qualified instructors, safety equipment is supplied.
The National Mountain Adventure Centre at Plas y Brenin offers plenty of activities for families or groups who would like to get started on the water. Kayaking, sea kayaking, canoeing, coasteering and gorge scrambling. Equipment hire is included in your course fee.
Buckle up for some white water rafting on the wild River Tryweryn in the heart of Snowdonia. There’s plenty going on at this activity centre including kayaking, canoeing and canyoning. White water safaris cater for children age 10 and up, but some activities have an older age limit. Please check before you book.
The National Outdoor Centre for Wales offers a variety of one-day outdoor courses and activities including sailing, powerboating, windsurfing, kayaking and much more. The centre is based on the shore of the Menai Strait close to Caernarfon and caters for families and groups. It’s the perfect place to try something new or to build on your existing skills with some expert coaching.
Conwy Yacht Charter offer skippered day cruises exploring the beautiful North Wales coastline from the comfort of the beautiful yacht Mehalah. Cruises are tailored to suit your group whether you’re after a day of family fun or a more corporate experience. Expect spectacular scenery and wildlife. The friendly team at Conwy Yacht Charter also offer RYA training courses.
Snowdonia is soon to be home to the world’s publicly accessible surf lake featuring a 300 metre surf lagoon. It will be capable of generating waves of up to 6ft that peel for more than 200 metres, so you’ll be able to catch a wave right in the middle of the most fantastic mountain landscape. It’s set to be a brilliant family destination which will play host to events, competitions and surf demos, giving visitors to North Wales a brilliant inland surfing experience as well as access to some of the world’s top surfers.
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