Snowdonia is fast becoming the adventure capital of the UK. With rock climbing, high ropes tree courses, mountain biking, zip wires and inland surfing, Snowdonia has an amazing variety of adventure experiences to choose from.

 

Located in a disused section of the huge Penrhyn Quarry in Bethesda, Zip World Velocity is the longest zipwire in the northern hemisphere. Reaching speeds of up to 90mph, flying 'Superman' style, this is something not to be missed. Believe us, even on a rainy day, it's well worth doing! Check out the taster video.

With Zip World Titan at the Lechwedd Slate Caverns at Blaenau Ffestiniog, this now makes Snowdonia the zip line capital of the world.

 

Surf Snowdonia is the latest adventure experience to come to the area. For more details click here

 

Want more? - Walking Festivals, links golf courses, book fairs, nesting ospreys at Pont Croesor, a round of the World Rally Championship...

Whatever your interest or passion, you'll be able to indulge it in Snowdonia.

 

The main tourist website for the area, Snowdonia Mountains and Coast, gives a wealth of information on places to visit and things to do. We've given you a taster of some of these below:

 

Countryside - Rightly famous for its spectacular mountain scenery, the Snowdonia National Park is just one of the nationally protected landscapes in North Wales. With long sandy beaches and heather-clad mountains, much of the Llyn peninsula is designated as an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB). Less than an hours' drive away, large parts of the coastline of Anglesey are also an AONB. Walk routes and a wealth of other information are available on their websites.

 

Houses and gardens - Bodnant House, with its Laburnum Walk, is a 45 minute drive, or for the ultimate in surreal architecture visit Portmeirion near Porthmadog.

 

Castles - North Wales is famous for the awe-inspiring castles built by King Edward I over 700 years ago. The UNESCO World Heritage Sites of Harlech, Conwy, Caernarfon and Beaumaris Castles are all within easy reach of Beddgelert and well worth a visit. More details are available on the Cadw website.

 

Industrial heritage - Like many upland areas, Snowdonia has been mined over many centuries for its mineral wealth. Visit the Llechwedd Slate Caverns at Blaenau Ffestiniog to see the below-ground work of slate miners, or walk 20 minutes up the Glaslyn valley from Beddgelert to the Sygun Copper Mine. The Ffestiniog Railway was built to move slate from Blaenau to the new port of Porthmadog, but is now one of the area's biggest tourist attractions. The Welsh Highland Railway carried goods between Porthmadog and Caernarfon - it was restored in the early 2000s and there is a station at Beddgelert.

 

Outdoor adventure activities - Snowdonia has so much to offer that it's almost impossible to list it all - fishing, canoeing, trail running, mountain biking, road cycling, pony trekking, rock-climbing... All these are available in or near Beddgelert, either on the Glaslyn, in Beddgelert Forest or on the surrounding hills.

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