Multi activity holidays in Snowdonia

North Wales is blessed with boundless opportunities to get active outdoors, with all of those peaks and valleys catapulting adrenaline seekers and outdoor enthusiasts into seventh heaven. Although itís totally possible to book accommodation, grab your rucksack and skip off into them there hills, you might not always be getting the best possible experience if you do it yourself.

Safety first has to be the number one motto, and booking with a reputable activity company ensures you know instructors are well qualified and your participation supports the local community. Property prices are on the rise and buying a first home in Snowdonia is often out of reach to young local people. Holiday lets and second homes are pushing youngsters out of the market and forcing them to move away from their home towns. This not only leaves an ageing generation, it also does nothing for the local economy outside of the busy summer tourist season.

Choosing an activity company in Snowdonia that supports local kids through training and employment and provides a fair wage so as to keep them in work, and in their own community, all year round, is just as important as learning the correct way to pack raft, canyon, canoe and hike safely.

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North Wales multi activity short break

North Wales multi activity short break

Adrenaline adventure activities in beautiful North Wales

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2020: 16 May, 18 Jul, 12 Sep
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Why does Snowdonia work for outdoor activities?

Snowdonia has some of the highest mountains in the UK, making it magnificent for activities like hiking and climbing. You'll find rivers winding through the valleys, where white water sports like kayaking, rafting and river bugging (an individual inflatable that requires you to lie on your belly and use your arms to paddle and steer) are absolutely incredible.

There are also lots of lovely lakes dotted throughout the park which are perfect for pack rafting (an inflatable raft that can be deflated, packed and carried) SUP (stand up paddle boarding) and wild swimming. If you can imagine swimming in a cool glass of drinking water, youíll get the picture.

Also, as youíll see from some of the mountain tops, youíre never far from the sea in Snowdonia. So, combining land-based activities with powerboat rides to spot wildlife and sea birds on Anglesey is easy. Or simply head further inland, venturing beyond the national park, to go river bugging on the River Dee or canoeing over the Pontcyscllte Aqueduct.

Is a multi activity holiday in Snowdonia just camping and Pot Noodles?

Not exactly, although multi activity holidays typically include a night wild camping in a bell tent, so you get an opportunity to sample Snowdoniaís Dark Sky Reserve. Bell tents comfortably accommodate six people and food around the campfire is hearty fare Ė no Pot Noodles Ė to ensure youíre raring to go the next morning after a night spent under the stars. For the rest of the time, youíll stay in a boutique hotel in the village of Llangollen, just outside Snowdonia, or in Beaumaris, on the island of Anglesey.

On a typical five day small group multi activity holidays, the maximum group size is 15 people and the minimum age is 18 years old. Guide ratios are 6:1 for some activities, such as mountain biking, and 10:1 for hiking, for example. Small group holidays are perfect for solo travellers, providing a ready made group of adventurers, and thereís the choice to share a twin bedroom with another group member of the same sex to keep costs down, or pay a single supplement and have a private room.

Can't I just do it myself?

Sure you can. There are lots of activity centres in Snowdonia that employ local people and help visitors make the most of the mountains. You could stay at a self catering cottage or a Snowdonia bed and breakfast, and sign up for activities on an ad-hoc basis or book in advance to ensure you’re not going to miss out. Just make sure you check the safety credentials and the instructors’ qualifications first. There aren’t any fly by night operations in Snowdonia, as they’d be found out pretty quickly, but ensuring you only undertake activities with a specialist tour operator gives you the peace of mind and the utmost security to enjoy each experience with complete confidence.

The easiest option, though, is to go on an organised small group tour, that not only provides the activities, equipment and qualified instructors and guides, but takes care of transport and accommodation. This is time efficient, too, packing in maximum exhilaration in a short, five day micro adventure. All of Responsible Travel’s multi activity tour operators have been chosen because of their dedication to safety, their passion for the environment and their relationships with local Snowdonia specialists.

How wet, windy and wild is North Wales?

There’s no such thing as bad weather, just bad clothing. This adage certainly rings true for North Wales as no matter what time of year you visit you need to be prepared for every eventuality. Snowdonia National Park doesn’t shut down over the winter, the locals are way too hardy for that, but you will require a much better understanding of the mountains, and the elements, if you’re undertaking outdoor activities either side of April and October. For that reason, most multi activity holidays here run from April to September. Summers, too, can take some getting used to as many of the park’s villages and towns get clogged with crowds; mountain trails and riverbanks also tend to get busy, especially around the school holidays. Late spring and September are ideal for outdoor activities as although there might be a nip in the air at night and a bit more bite to river rapids and waterfalls, there’s nothing that beats Snowdon without another soul in sight.

Get a fuller picture of the Welsh weather in our Wales guide.
Written by Chris Owen
Photo credits: [Page banner: Hefin Owen] [Intro: iankelsall1] [Rafting: eduelys] [How wet, windy and wild is North Wales? : Berit]
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