October Adventures in Wales
It doesn’t feel like a month since I last wrote a blog. There has been lots going on with the end of the summer holidays, back to school and it’s hard to believe that October half term is nearly upon us. 2016 has been the VisitWales “Year of Adventure” and there’s still time to find an adventure of your own in our wonderful country.
I don’t know about you but I’ve been just as gripped by the Paralympics as I was by the Olympics and once again TeamGB did us proud. The Welsh contingent brought home 5 golds (along with a world record for Hollie Arnold in the F46 Javelin), a silver and three bronze medals but my favourite response to the outcome of a race was from Rhys Jones who competed in the T37 100m. His tweet after the race was “Thank you everyone!....I’m 6th in the whole wide world”.
Being in a world class athletics final is a great achievement and not many people will ever be able to say that but it also makes you think of taking the positives from every situation and the benefits of trying your best. Of course we can’t all be top athletes but we can put ourselves out there and try new things as we never know what we are capable of until we give things a go.
So saying that, why not take the opportunity this half term of trying something you have thought about in the past but never quite got round to? Wales is a fantastic destination for all sorts of outdoor activities where you can get your blood pumping and discover muscles you never knew you had or just get out in the fresh air and find a new view.
Have you ever fancied riding alongside a waterfall or galloping along the shore with the wind blowing in your hair? OK, so it may not be exactly like you’ve imagined from the silver screen, you would have to wear a helmet for start, but wherever you go in the country there will be fantastic pony trekking. From the inland trails of the Brecon Beacons and the Ceiriog Valley to the coastal routes of Pembrokeshire or Anglesey, even if you have never sat on a horse before, you will be able to experience the joy of nature.
If you think you would prefer riding mountain bikes to horses then head on over to Coed y Brenin in the Snowdonia National Park. A dedicated trail centre with graded routes suitable for complete novices and families up to experienced riders who want to challenge themselves with the 3 hour Beast of Brenin! There is also a skills and training area where you might discover a natural aptitude for flinging yourself down twisting, forest trails!
Such active sports may not be your thing but that’s no excuse for not getting out and about, doing something different and making fabulous memories. If you can’t walk up a mountain, no problem, just take the train! Snowdon Mountain Railway can take you right up to the summit of Snowdon so breathtaking views can be yours whatever your physical abilities. If jumping between rocks along the coast line really isn’t your thing then why not take a boat trip? You can choose from an exhilarating fast ride or a slower pace to get up close and personal with the local marine life.
I hope I’ve whetted your appetite for an adventurous trip to Wales, whatever ‘adventure’ may mean to you!