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Year of Adventure

Posted by admin on January 25, 2016

2016 is Wales’s Year of Adventure

This year Rivercatcher is taking part in Wales’s Year of Adventure: a celebration of the wide range of adventure experiences this great country has to offer, with its outstanding natural landscapes and rich and distinctive culture.  

Wales is fast becoming one of the UK’s leading adventure capitals:

Here in Wales you can fly by zip wire at 100mph above a slate quarry or go surfing – not just in the sea – but in the heart of the country. Scale a waterfall or bounce on the world’s largest underground trampoline. Our mountain bike centres, at places like Coed-y-Brenin and Bike Park Wales, are some of the best in the world and you can paddleboard, kayak and raft in the heart of our capital city. And Wales’s three National Parks, endless mountain ranges and 870 mile (1,400km) of coastline offer challenging walks and hikes for all ages, all abilities. 

Adventure travel in Wales also means much more than adrenaline – it means discovering new and unusual places, watching wildlife, and stargazing in our Dark Sky reserves. You can watch dolphins and red kites, forage for edible foods and explore all those castles to discover – a lifetime’s work, really, with over 600 to explore…  

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And here in North Wales our adventure highlights include:

Get Wet Adventure Company Set between Bala and Corwen in North Wales, 55 acres of broad leaf forest with the Crogen Estate provides the perfect location for High Ropes, Paintball, Raft Building and Gorge Walking. Just 5 minuties from Rivercatcher

National White Water Centre  Based on the banks of the river Tryweryn, Frongoch, the National White Water Centre is just outside Bala in the beautiful mountains of Snowdonia National Park - rafting, canoeing and kayaking all available. The Tryweryn is a true mountain river, where you will be carried through fast flowing rapids on an exhilarating and fun filled trip.

Zip World The longest and fastest zip line in Europe “The Nearest Thing to Flying”! This adrenalin fuelled tourist attraction is a first for the UK, and is located in the most dramatic of settings – Penrhyn Quarry nestled amongst the mountains of Snowdonia, North Wales

Bala adventure and Water Sports Center  Adventure and excitement of outdoor pursuits. Activities on offer include; canoeing/kayaking, climbing/abseiling, windsurfing, sailing, archery, camp craft, raft building, mountain biking, powerboating, hill walking, gorge walking, and whitewater rafting.  Located on Bala Lake Forshaw.

Original Outdoors is an established North Wales outdoor training, events and activity business. They work in the mountains and forests of North Wales and Snowdonia  with teams of experienced, enthusiastic and professional outdoor instructors. Courses cover outdoor skills from navigation, foraging, bushcraft, survival skills and tracking courses to guided walks, charity events, team building and professional outdoor services.

Llyn Brenig a forested site with a trout fishery and newly extended visitor centre with cycle hire. The visitor centre is open all year round with extended opening during the fishing season. The cafe and shop offer panoramic views of the reservoir - one of the largest areas of inland water in Wales. They have an adventure playground and picnic area, and the walk-through exhibition tells the story of Llyn Brenig lake and all it has to offer.

Coed Llandegla is a privately owned forest park which attracts around 200,000 riders a year. Covering 2.5 square miles, this is one of the UK’s biggest and best mountain biking centres, with a hire shop, swooping trails for riders of all abilities and a skills area where you can perfect your techniques on timber bridges, beams and jumps

Rivercatcher is located at the foot of the Berwyn Mountains. one of the largest areas of upland heath in Wales. Heather, bilberry and crowberry flourish on the peaty, acidic soils. Blanket bog has developed in the wetter areas where white flowered cotton grass, bog mosses and 'insect-eating' plants like sundew and butterwort thrive.  There are a wide variety of walks, ranging from short scenic walks to strenuous climbs over mountains almost 3,000 feet high. A feature of the area is that walkers can enjoy the mountain experience without the crowds that are sometimes found in the busier parts of Snowdonia.

Wales is where the adventure starts in 2016 – so join us to embrace the adventurer in you.   

Don't forget to #WalesAdventure and #FindYourEpic with photos of your adventures. 

Play Safe  - We want you to have a fantastic,  and safe,  time in Wales. Please take care to ensure that you have planned and prepared for your adventure: book with an accredited provider; check the forecast; ensure that you are properly equipped.  Please also respect our landscapes and way of life – leaving plenty left to discover again, in the future.