We celebrate some fantastic outdoor locations in Wales. We cover off beaches, walks, mountain bike trails and more. Wales has always been a favourite here at GO Outdoors (we even filmed our last TV advert there) along with many of our head office and store staff all calling Wales home. We could tell you all about Snowdon, the Brecon Beacons and other hugely popular areas in Wales, but you probably know all about them, so here’s a list of places that we think you should try if you’re thinking of heading to Wales – who knows, you may find something new.
1. Llanberis Pass
A fantastic spot for climbers, located between the ranges of Glyderau and Snowdon Massif, leading down to the village of Nant Peris. There is plenty in the area for bouldering, along with many walks. It also has access to both the Pyg and Miners tracks up Snowdon. If you haven’t been, you’ll feel like you have due to so many TV adverts and more having been filmed in the location.
2. Breakwater Lighthouse
A unique square little lighthouse just outside Holyhead. Best to visit in good weather.
3. Newborough Beach
A stunning little location we visited while filming our own TV ad. Situated on Anglesey near the village of Newborough, the beach offers a perfect get away. In nice weather you’d be forgiven for thinking you were somewhere exotic, with plenty of stunning forest near by too.
4. Moel Famau
In a country filled with famous ridges and an obvious Mountain, it’s easy to forget the ‘lesser known’ hills and walks. Moel Famau is a gentle hill for all abilities and offers stunning views on route.
5. Portmeirion Village
A picturesque little tourist village situated in North Wales, probably most famous for being the setting for hit TV show ‘The Prisoner’. Ideal for a day trip, but leave the dog at home as Portmeirion has a ‘no dog’ policy.
6. Coed Y Brenin trail centre
In our opinion, one of the best places in Wales to ride bikes for all abilities. Plenty of trails for mountain bikers including a blue route where beginners can get to grips with the basics. Got a bit of experience? try the ever popular Dragons bag route (red rated) filled with plenty of heart racing descents. Looking for a real challenge? Try out the Beast. The longest trail at the centre that will challenge any rider who takes it on at speed.
7. The Black Mountains
A group of hills in south Wales, popular among walkers and ramblers and as with many areas in Wales, will offer great views.
8. Abereiddy Blue Lagoon
A lovely, almost ‘mystic’ feeling blue lagoon that is ideal for sightseeing or a spot of coasteering. If you’re brave enough and have a wet suit, there’s a few places to jump off around the lagoon.
9. Black Rock Sands
A wide beach which makes for great walks all year round. The beach is popular with dog walkers and the low-tide caves and rock pools are worth checking out. Unusually you can actually drive straight onto the beach here, so it’s popular for watersports as well.
A village in Snowdonia that comes with it’s own legend and story. Beddgelert is said to be the final resting place of Gelert the hound (you can visit Gelert’s grave). The story goes that Gelert, the trusty hound of Prince Llewelyn the Great was wrongfully thought to have killed the Prince’s child, heartbroken the Prince killed Gelert, only to find his child alive and that Gelert had been protecting the child by killing a wolf that had tried to attack. One for the dog lovers, perhaps?