Best adventure vacations in Wales

Wales may be tiny, but itís built for adventure. There are wild rivers to raft down, a wide network of trails for hiking, biking and horse riding, and a dramatic coastline for kayaking, surfing and watching out for dolphins, whales and seals. Our adventure vacations will put you at the heart of the action, but youíll have time for contemplation, too: think nights under the stars, wild camping and moonlit walks along the beach. Keep reading to discover our top eight adventure vacations in Wales.

1. Family adventure vacation in Wales

Step away from the theme parks and family resorts Ė time spent learning new skills and connecting with nature is an even better bonding experience. Test your limits in Pembrokeshire Coast National Park, where thereís sea kayaking, horse riding and surfing on offer. At night, gather around the fire to toast marshmallows before returning to a low-carbon ecolodge thatís as comfortable as it is sustainable.
When to go: May to September
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2. Coasteering

Don a wetsuit and helmet and spend a weekend jumping off cliffs, hiking coastal paths and clambering over rocks. Whatever the time of year, coasteering is an adventure activity to get the blood pumping and heart racing against an ocean backdrop and amidst marine wildlife. Hearty Welsh breakfasts will help keep energy levels high.

When to go: May to October
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3. Sea kayaking on the Pembrokeshire Coast

Just because youíre short on time, doesnít mean you should be short of adventure. A weekend break is just enough to cram in some sea kayaking along the Pembrokeshire coast, where you can see seals, sea stacks and even sunshine Ė sometimes, as you paddle. These breaks arenít just for experienced kayakers. Total newbies are welcome and there are double kayaks for families.

When to go: May to October
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4. Border to coast horse riding vacation

Set out on a small group riding expedition from Englandís Wye Valley to the Welsh coast at the Dovey Estuary. Over the course of a week, youíll follow 160km of trails, with nights spent in small locally run inns and hotels along the way. Experienced guides help you navigate unmarked trails that lead through hills and valleys, but youíll be responsible for feeding, grooming and tacking your own horse throughout.
When to go: June to September
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5. Snowdonia activity vacation

Up for a challenge? Head to the mountains, forests and rivers of North Wales on an activity vacation thatíll get you out on a new adventure every day. Youíll work up a sweat with canyoning, coasteering, river bugging and a hike to the summit of Snowdon. And to really push yourself, thereís two days of packrafting, complete with an overnight wild camping experience.

When to go: June to September
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6. Multi activity short break in North Wales

Discover the landscapes of North Wales on a short break that proves you donít need to travel far for a big adventure. By day, youíll explore the coastline and hillsides through hiking, canyoning, river bugging and packrafting. Youíll also get the chance to wild camp in the Snowdonia Dark Sky Reserve. Cue a sky full of blazing stars.
When to go: June to September
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7. Fell running weekend

Runners, assemble! Welsh orienteering champion Tim Higginbottom leads a biannual training camp to help you develop your performance. Join a small group of fellow trail and fell runners in the beautiful North Wales countryside for a long weekend of runs, workshops and yoga Ė including plenty of tips and advice from Tim Higginbottom himself. Youíll come home energised and ready to work on your form.

When to go: March and September
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8. Horse riding in the Wye Valley

Remote, gloriously green and yet easily accessible, the Wye Valley is well-suited to a short adventure break. Youíll spend four days riding remote trails over hills and through valleys, spending the nights in country inns and B&Bs, and learning about the regionís rich history as you trot. Experienced guides will help you navigate the trails and spin you a local legend or two.

When to go: June to September
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Written by Nana Luckham
Photo credits: [Page banner: Hefin Owen] [Family adventure: Phil Dolby] [Horse riding: Edward Reynolds] [Multi activity: shrdlu-]