South Wales summer activity holidays
If you’re in to adventure holidays and getting stuck in to some outdoor activities then South Wales is a fantastic area to explore and find all manner of sports and pursuits to keep you entertained. Easily accessible thanks to the M4 motorway linking London to Wales. The landscape is a wonderful mixture of rocky terrain, rolling hills and valleys, wide open spaces and impressive coastline to boot.
You find something for every skill level here and lots of family friendly activities too. It’s not just for the thrill seekers either. There’s relaxing outdoor activities for those that like to enjoy the outdoor at a slower pace. As well as more challenging events to test your fitness and ability. So here’s our guide to some great and unusual activities in the south of Wales.
Not far from the M4 you’ll find a wonderful area called the Brecon Beacons, filled with lots of great villages and activities to get stuck in to. A novel way of getting around is the very eco-friendly electric vehicles called Twizy. You can pick one up from The Angel Hotel in Abergavenny for around £45 for a day. This fun little vehicle is 2 seater and great for zipping around the countryside. Thanks to a local initiative by the Eco Travel Network there’s a whole bunch of charge points at places like the must-see Big Pit Museum and numerous hotels, pubs and cafes in the Brecon Beacons. There’s also an indoor climbing centre in Llangorse and some great places to go horse riding including Tregoyd Mountain Riders where you can explore the woods and hills and mountains of the Brecon Beacon National Park. Prices start from as litte as £25 for an hours riding with beautiful views and great docile horses
- Location: Tregoyd, Three Cocks, Brecon, Powys, Wales LD3 0SP
- Price: 1 hour £25, half day £35, full day £59
- Website: tregoydriding.co.uk
Another great way to get out and about is by bicycle. The constant panoramic views of the countryside coupled with the exercise will keep you both fit and entertained. There’s a great bike hire service in the Brecon Beacons called Drover Cycles that have some ingenious bikes to hire. Power assisted cycling is a relatively new technology that gives you a little extra helping hand with every push of the peddles. Allowing you to travel further and a little faster than you normal would. Very useful with all the Welsh hills and valleys to explore. You get the bike or bikes delivered directly to your hotel and they’re fully equipped with helmets, pumps and event a cycle computer to keep track on how far you’ve gone. Prices start from as little as £25 for half a day.
- Location: Delivered to your hotel
- Price: Half day £25, full day £45
- Website: drovercycles.co.uk/bike-hire
One thing the Brecon Beacons lacks is coastline and all the activities and sports that come with it. If you’re looking for more water sports as well as land based activities then Pembrokshire is the county for you. The Presiliventure eco-lodge is the perfect place not just to stay but to get involved in a great range of activities. They do coasteering, sea kayaking, surfing and great walks along the rather beautiful Pembrokshire coast. Their eco-lodge is a very environmentally friendly place to stay too. They’ve been rated a 5 star activity centre, the only one with that rating in Pembrokshire too.
- Location: Parcynole Fach, Mathry, Haverfordwest, Pembrokeshire, SA62 5HN
- Website: preseliventure.co.uk
Not all activities have to be so adventures to enjoy the great outdoors. With so much beautiful countryside and this being Britain, there are a lot of great footpaths to walk and villages to explore. There’s no end to the cafes and tea rooms in every town and village. One thing Wales has a number of is preserved railways, a great way to enjoy the outdoors and travel in style through the hills and valleys. Most notable railways are the Pontypool and Blaenavon Railway and the Brecon Mountain Railway.
There’s also some great day trips out of Cardiff and Swansea to the surrounding areas. Private guided tours a number of counties, must-see sights and great museums. Its a great way to cram in as much as you can if you’re really pressed for time. You’ll travel in a spacious vehicle with an expert guide who can tell you all about the history of Wales while relaxing and enjoying the view. If you don’t have the luxury of time on your side, this is a great way to see more of Wales.
Even though much of Wales is very rural its a surprisingly well-connected place. There are fast trains from London to Cardiff and beyond. There are numerous motorways in to wales but most of the roads here are A and B roads that occasionally take the long and very scenic route through the hills. Driving here is a real pleasure. If you fly in to Cardiff or Swansea hire a car at least for a day if not the weekend. Rates are very good and you’ll get to explore the areas of Wales that really deserve some attention.
Where to stay
During our Great British Road Trip we stayed at the beautiful Ty Croeso Luxury Bed and Breakfast. This family run accommodation just outside Crickhowell has everything you’d want in a B&B. On the side of the hills outside of town, quiet and very comfortable with beautiful interior in every room. Its a cosy and homely place to return to each day after your activities. Its ideally situated for the Brecon Beacons with Cardiff and the West Coast both around 1 hour away.
- Location: Crickhowell Powys NP8 1PU
- Rates: £75 a night for single room, from £90 double room
- Website: ty-croeso.co.uk
Watch our video
Here’s a short video of all the activities in the Brecon Beacon and a look in side the Ty Croeso.