Snowdonia National Park
Outdoor Activities North Wales
Snowdonia National Park is one of the biggest in Britain. It's certainly the loftiest, boasting the highest peak in England and Wales. But there's far more to Snowdonia National Park than Mount Snowdon. The Park covers 823 square miles; nine mountain ranges lie within its boundaries, containing over 90 peaks and 100 lakes - plenty of space for fantastic outdoor activities for every age and ability.
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For those who prefer their outdoor fun on 2 wheels, We've got you covered. Our forests are full of exciting man-made single tracks – including Coed y Brenin Forest Park, the largest dedicated trail centre in the UK with around 90 miles of routes. There are off-road grassy tracks, rocky trials and ancient paths that lattice our natural landscapes. We have countless miles of dedicated cyclepaths and plenty of gentle, family-friendly lake and riverside routes too. Discover seriously steep challneges and gentle off-road recreational cruises, long-distance trails and short trips along the coast. We've even got world-class mountain biking in our forests and rocky mountains. These super fast flowing trails have rollers, jumps, drops and rock features. Whatever your skill level you will find the perfect path in Snowdonia.
Horse riders and pony trekkers have an inspiring choice of bridlepaths and routes that take them along wooded vales and up into our glorious high country. Absolute beginners and accomplished expert riders are equally welcome at equine centres in coast and country locations. One of our classic rides is half-day trek trhgou rugged terrain and open mountains, with the Snowdon range on one side and the Irish Sea on the other.
We have around 200 miles of coastline, big beaches, tiny coves, slipways, harbours and marinas. Outstandingly beautiful estuaries, open seas, sheltered waters, lakes and rivers.
We have locations and facilities that make all kinds of watersports enthusiasts very happy indeed, from hardcore surfers and sailors to those who fancy a pleasant paddle on the lake.
Sailing is superb all along the coast, from the sheltered waters of the Menai Strait to the open seas. There are charming little sailing centres, attractive harbours at places like Porthmadog and Caernarfon, and a world-class marina at Pwllheli.
North Wales is home to fabulous sea fishing from sand and shingles beaches to estuaries and rocky shorelines. Fish from big beaches like Dinas Dinlle, or go deep and charter a boat from places like Conwy, the Menai Strait, Abersoch or Pwllheli. There are many mountain torrents and lazy lowland rivers for game fishermen too, and there’s also great coarse fishing at locations like Trawsfynydd Lake.
North Wales is home to 2 nature reserves: Conwy Nature Reserve and Bardsey Island National Nature Reserve. Go there not just for the scenery but for the teeming populations of Manx shearwaters, oystercatchers, razorbills and kittiwakes. The birdlife here is amazing. But the bird that all true twitchers really want to spot is the rare osprey. The RSPB’s Glaslyn Osprey Project near Porthmadog, is one of the few places in Britain where you may catch sight of them in the skies or by nest-cam.
We have around 20 courses, including one of the UK’s finest – Royal St David’s at Harlech, and the iconic link at Nefyn, perched on cliffs along the Llyn Peninsula.
Courses at Aberdyfi, Porthmadog, Pwllheli and Bangor are part of the James Braid North Wales Golf Trail.With characteristics such as hilly terrain, rocky outcrops, gorse, elevated greens and a long par 4, out of reach to most golfers, it’s the perfect recipe to test your game.
For more information on all of Snowdonia's many outdoor activities, please visit http://www.visitsnowdonia.info