3 Really Rugged Outdoor Adventures

Are you ready for a serious adventure?

With huge stretches of some of the most rugged countryside in the UK, it’s no wonder that North Wales is considered by many to be one of the best places in the UK to engage in outdoor pursuits.

You name: you can do it here in North Wales.

Whether you fancy racing down a gravel track with the mountains of Snowdonia as your backdrop or you’re thinking of hurtling through a disused quarry at speeds of up to 100mph, North Wales is the place to get your adrenaline fix. In the last decade a whole raft of innovative entrepreneurs have been finding new ways to introduce visitors to the stunning countryside and we’ve pulled together the very best rugged outdoor adventures for you to try your hand at the next time you come to the area:

Cliff Camping with Gaia Adventures

You might have heard of wild camping before, it’s where you you forgo the traditional campsite and opt for a more rough’n’ready experience. That means going without any of the usual amenities: no comfy bar to retreat to when it rains, no charge points for your phones and certainly no toilets. The experienced team at Gaia Adventures have taken the concept one step further and not only taken away the tent, but also the ground!

Dangle your legs over the edge of your cliff-side ‘portaledge’ and enjoy a one-of-a-kind camping experience that will certainly leave you with some awesome memories. Whilst you might not get the best night’s sleep completely exposed to the coastline elements, the Gaia Adventures team will be on hand to make your stay as comfortable as possible with hot food and a little Dutch courage to warm your cockles.

Nighttime SUP with Pysched Paddleboarding

Compared to it’s flashier cousin, standup padddleboarding (or SUP as it’s known to its practitioners) has not quite managed to gain as much mainstream popularity, despite it being a much easier skill to pick up. Sian Sykes is seeking to address this imbalance by bringing her brand of high quality SUP adventures to the stunning waters of North Wales. Instead of taking visitors out into the choppy open waters, Sian opts for the tranquil bays and peaceful lakes, allowing you to get to grips with your new skill at a reasonable pace.

Although Sian’s team of instructors offer plenty of sessions during the daytime, Psyched Paddleboarding offer one experience that is truly unique. A Night SUP with Sian is an almost-pitch black trip into star-filled serenity. Once you’ve learnt the basics of SUP, you’ll drive out to either a peaceful bay in Anglesey or a secluded lake in Snowdonia to experience the dusk turn into night. In one of only 11 official ‘Dark Sky’ parks in the world, you’ll get an unparalleled view of the night sky and a mug of hot chocolate to drink it in with.

Ultimate Xtreme with Go Below

Whilst Go Below’s competitors Zip World often get the most media coverage with their jaw-dropping quarry zipline and impressive 100mph speeds, there’s something to be said for the sheer value for money that this company’s flagship experience offers. For the price of just £89 you’ll be able to swoop down a massive nine zip lines – the catch? All of these perilously high-wires are buried hundreds of feet underground.

This whole day activity is absolutely for the adventurers out their seeking a real challenge. You’ll not only have to contend with the extreme zip lines, there are also original miners’ ladders and some of the bridges you’ll cross will be over 150 years old! As dangerous as this all sounds, it’s all completely safe: a professionally installed rope-system is in place to ensure that you’re protected the whole way round.