Giant ziplines, subterranean trampolines and world class mountain biking… these six activities put Wales on the adventure map
1. Surf Snowdonia
Surf Snowdonia is the world’s first ever publicly accessible Wavegarden® surfing lagoon.
The inland surf facility uses revolutionary technology to deliver the longest man-made surfable waves on the planet. The consistent and perfectly formed barrelling waves go up to variously 2m high, and will peel for up to 150 metres.
Snowdonia is home to some of the best gorges in the UK; this is real canyoning. During the adventure you wander up through ancient woodland and get in and follow the deep ravine as it charges its way down the mountain. Along the way you descend slides, swim across pools, jump into the deep and abseil down a waterfall.
3. Off-road mountain biking
Off-road mountain biking is great fun and there is no better place to do it than here in the heart of the Snowdonia National Park at the Coed Y Brenin mountain bike centre. With a handful of world-class mountain bike trail centers on the doorstep you can be guided along some of the best mountain bike trails in the UK.
4. Zip World Velocity
Zip World won international acclaim when it opened Zip World Velocity at Penrhyn Quarry, Bethesda in March 2013. Offering riders the closest experience a human being can get to skydiving without actually leaping out of a plane.
It involves flying head-first, for just under a mile exceeding speeds of 100mph down a mountain – eeek! – and then straight over a cliff, 500ft above the quarry lake with spectacular views as far out as Ireland.
5. Zip World Titan
Zip World Titan, at Llechwedd Slate Caverns, is near the historic slate mining town of Blaenau Ffestiniog. This is the first 4 person zip line in Europe where riders have 3 individual zip lines to complete.
The first zip line gives panoramic views of the whole of Snowdonia as you travel over mooreland. The second has a huge drop of 500ft and is also the quickest line, while the third finishes at the top of the hill, overlooking the town of Blaenau Ffestiniog.
6. Bounce Below
At the same time that Titan was opened and in the same location, Zip World also opened the world’s first subterranean playground… Bounce Below.
Imagine giant trampolines, walkways, slides and tunnels all made from netting. Now picture this suspended in a slate cavern hidden underground and you’ll have the right idea.