Getting Active: Outdoor Activities

Experience North Wales with a side of adrenaline!

Over 100 million day visits are made to Wales every year with many people choosing to stay for longer…

This kind of popularity has not been experienced in the region since the heyday of the Victorian seaside towns and can be directly attributed to the establishment of a number of quality outdoor pursuits centres and companies. These talented groups of individuals have forged a path for a new kind of tourism in North Wales, turning the very hills, mountains and rivers of the country into their own tourist attractions.

You don’t necessarily need to hire the services of one of these companies to enjoy an outdoor adventure in North Wales, but doing so will ensure that you find the best spots and are also as safe as you can be.

Downhill Mountain Biking

This uplift service and cafe at Antur Stiniog is a completely not-for-profit, community backed venture that has seen thousands of downhill enthusiasts make the journey to North Wales. There’s a whole range of downhill routes for you to tackle here, from smooth flowing Blue routes to more challenging Reds, and even a hair-raising Double Black. You can get a full day of uplift for £31 if you book ahead, making this an affordable day of exhilaration as well as a real boon for the local economy.


Much like Devon and Cornwall, Wales has a strong surfing community made up of committed professionals and skilled amateurs. There are plenty of spots around the coast to tackle the ocean spray, but if you’re yet to get the basics down then a visit to Surf Snowdonia could be just the trick to build your confidence. This artificial surfing lake is the only one of its kind in the United Kingdom and offers beginners the chance to get some hands-on tuition in a controlled setting. The artificial waves here can be programmed to get bigger too, if you’re up for the challenge…

Forest Adventures

There are a tonne of activities at Zip World Fforest, a veritable adventure playground set within the lush green forests of Snowdonia. Parents and young ones can hop aboard the Fforest Coast for a gentle yet thrilling ride through the trees, there’s a number of zip lines for you to explore the trees on, Europe’s largest five-person swing and even a high-wire assault course and net system for you to explore the forest from above. Activities here are individually priced, so it’s a good idea to visit their website before you arrive to book your day.

Get in the Water!

The surging rivers and tranquil lakes are the lifeblood of North Wales, so whether you’re up for a peaceful glide through a still lake or paddle along a river there’s really no excuse not to get in the water on your next trip to North Wales. There’s a wide range of companies that specialise in water-based companies so all you have to decide is what activity you want to take part it in. You could try the newest craze of Stand Up Paddleboarding (SUP) with hip company Psyched Paddleboarding, or you could tackle the foamy challenge of White Water Rafting at the National White Water Centre.