Snowdonia is located in north west Wales and is home to Snowdon, the highest mountain in Wales and England. It’s also home to fantastic trails, lakes and forests and is the adventure capital of Wales. With this in mind, it’s no surprise that Snowdonia has a plethora of adventure activities to choose from.
We’re spoilt for choice here but we’ve put together some of our favourite Snowdonia Adventure Activities; from mountain biking and climbing to surfing and white water rafting. Keep reading to find out more.
Coed y Brenin is the UK’s first and largest dedicated mountain bike trail centre and has mountain biking, walking and running trails for a range of different abilities, from experienced and expert riders to great family and intermediate trails.
Don’t worry if you don’t own a bike, there is a shop on-site that offers bike hire as well as essentials and accessories. There’s also a great cafe to refresh after a day of cycling or to relax in if you don’t fancy taking part.
If you’re looking to improve your mountain biking skills, Coed y Brenin have partnered with a training provider who provide casual and tailored training packages for riders of all abilities.
Zip World has three different locations across North Wales offering some amazing adventure activities.
At Zip World Penrhyn Quarry you’ll find Velocity 2, the fastest zip line in the world, taking you over the quarry at speeds of up to 100mph and surrounded by spectacular views.
At Zip World Slate Caverns you can give Titan a go; Europe’s largest zip zone which has three lines so you can zip down with your family and friends. Or head underground for Bounce Below, an enormous underground net adventure in a disused mine where you can jump and slide your way through.
If you enjoy being surrounded by trees, Zip World Fforest has some great activities including the Fforest Coaster which takes you down 1km of twists, turns and thrills. For the real thrill-seekers out there you can also give Plummet 2 a try, where you drop through a trapdoor over 100ft high.
You can find out more about these activities on the Zip World website: https://www.zipworld.co.uk/
White Water Rafting
If you want to give water sports a try, how about white water rafting? When in Snowdonia, you’re perfectly placed for the National White Water Centre which offers fantastic white water adventures on the natural rapids of the River Tryweryn in Snowdonia National Park.
You can find out more about the National White Water Centre here: https://www.nationalwhitewatercentre.co.uk/
Set to the backdrop of mountain, forest and farmland, Surf Snowdonia is the perfect place to learn how to surf, improve your skills or just have some fun. There are beginner, intermediate and advanced zones so there’s something to suit all levels of ability. There’s also an opportunity to learn stand up paddle boarding if you don’t fancy surfing.
You can find out more about Surf Snowdonia on their website: https://adventureparcsnowdonia.com/surf-snowdonia/
Not sure what canyoning is? In a nutshell it involves jumping into fast flowing mountain streams and letting the water carry you along, with a bit of swimming involved as well.
This is a super fun activity and is completely safe; although it is recommended that you only take part with a trained guide who knows the routes and can provide you with all the safety gear.
How about taking it up a notch with Canyon Xtreme? Organised by Snowdonia Adventure Activities, it involves bigger jumps and bigger waterfalls so it’s not one for the faint hearted.
Bear Grylls Survival Academy
Fancy yourself as the next Bear Grylls? Why not give the Bear Grylls Survival Academy a go at Dragon Raiders Activity Park.
The Full Day Adventure Course is perfect for a day out with family or friends. Or take it up a notch with the Wild Camp Survival course - an 18 hour overnight course where you can put your skills into practice. If you’re feeling particularly adventurous the Woodland Survival Family Adventure is an adrenaline-packed two day expedition.
Beacon Climbing Centre
Beacon Climbing Centre is the largest indoor climbing centre in North Wales and caters to all levels of ability. And because it’s all indoors, you can go and climb anytime of the year. If you don’t fancy climbing there’s also a seating area overlooking the climbing walls so you can relax and watch the rest of your group.
If you’re new to climbing or have young children, CrazyClimb is a great introduction to indoor climbing, and fun too!
Once the temperatures have dropped, ice climbing is the perfect winter activity and the area offers the ideal conditions, but approach with caution! This activity is not suitable for beginners.
For those looking to give it a try, it’s always best to sign up to a course with trained instructors who can keep you safe and make sure you’ve got the right equipment. For example, Snowdonia Adventures run guided winter climbs in Snowdonia National Park.
We can’t talk about Snowdonia without talking about Snowdon, the most famous and recognisable landmark in the area. Snowdon offers some great views of the surrounding area and there’s a range of different routes to choose from depending on your fitness level and ability.
You can find out more about the different routes, as well as important safety information, on the Visit Snowdonia website.
If you don’t fancy walking up Snowdon, you can also get up to the top by taking the Snowdon Mountain Railway, which will take you up to the summit. It’s a great way to take in the spectacular views, and all from the comfort of your seat. We hope this has given you some inspiration for when you’re next in the area and deciding which Snowdonia adventure activities to take part in.Our lodges are located in some of the best 5 star holiday parks Snowdonia has to offer and are perfectly placed to kick back and relax after a day of adventure. Want to find out more about Bala Holiday Parks? Request a brochure or get in touch for more information.