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Watersports Adventure in Wales: A Campervan itinerary

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Wet and Wild in Wales!

Embarking on a camper van adventure to explore the picturesque watersports destinations of Wales promises an exhilarating journey filled with thrills, natural beauty, and unforgettable experiences. From serene lakes to rugged coastlines, Wales offers an array of opportunities for aquatic adventures that cater to every skill level and interest. 

This seven-day itinerary ensures maximum enjoyment for the whole family, combining adrenaline-pumping activities with moments of relaxation and exploration. Get ready to dive into the heart of Wales and create memories that will last a lifetime!

Day 1: Nottingham to Bala Lake

Pack your swimming costumes, (and wetsuits!), we are off to Wales! Our journey begins as we depart from Nottingham and head towards the stunning Bala Lake, also known as Llyn Tegid. Surrounded by breathtaking scenery and offering a range of watersports activities, Bala Lake is the perfect setting to kick off our Watersports adventure in Wales. Located in Snowdonia, Bala Lake is a glacial freshwater lake with loads to do for Watersports enthusiasts.

Driving Distance: Approx. 120 miles

Driving Time: Approx. 2.5 hours

Campsite Options:

Bala Camping and Caravanning Club Site: Set amidst rolling hills, this campsite offers spacious pitches and modern facilities, including showers and laundry facilities.

Bwch Yn Uchaf Camping and Caravan Park: Nestled on the shores of Bala Lake, this family-run campsite provides direct access to the water and stunning views of the surrounding countryside.

Pen y Bont Touring and Camping Park: Situated just a short walk from Bala town center, this campsite offers convenient access to shops and restaurants, as well as a peaceful riverside location.

Best Tourist Attractions:

Bala Lake Railway: Take a scenic steam train ride along the shores of Bala Lake and enjoy panoramic views of the countryside.

National White Water Centre: Experience the thrill of whitewater rafting on the River Tryweryn, with courses suitable for beginners and experienced paddlers alike.

Bala Adventure and Watersports Centre: Try your hand at kayaking, paddleboarding, or windsurfing on the tranquil waters of Bala Lake. They also offer climbing and gorge walking experiences.

Best Places to Eat:

Breakfast: Woody’s café, Bala Lake. Breakfast with a lakeside view. 

Lunch: Tŷ Mawr Tearoom in the village of Rhyd Ddu at the foor of Mt Snowden. Homemade soups, sandwiches, and cakes.

Dinner: The White Lion Royal Hotel, Bala. Traditional Welsh cuisine with locally sourced ingredients.

Day 2: Bala Lake to Snowdonia National Park

Today, we journey deeper into the heart of Snowdonia National Park, a haven for outdoor enthusiasts and nature lovers alike. From towering peaks to cascading waterfalls, Snowdonia offers a myriad of adventures waiting to be discovered. Get your hiking boots on, and head for the bracing walk up Wales’s most famous peak. 

Driving Distance: Approx. 40 miles

Driving Time: Approx. 1 hour

Campsite Options:

Beddgelert Campsite: Nestled in the picturesque village of Beddgelert, this campsite offers stunning views of the surrounding mountains and easy access to hiking trails. Great facilities, with shop and food options. And access to a railway!

Riverside Camping: Located along the banks of the River Glaslyn, this peaceful campsite provides a tranquil setting for relaxation after a day of adventure.

Gwern Gof Isaf Farm: Situated at the foot of Tryfan Mountain, this campsite offers a rustic camping experience amidst breathtaking scenery. Don’t forget your bikes for this site, great trails to be explored nearby. We can help out with a bike rack too

Best Tourist Attractions:

Mount Snowdon: Embark on a hike to the summit of Wales’ highest peak and be rewarded with breathtaking views of Snowdonia National Park.

Swallow Falls: Marvel at the spectacular cascade of water at Swallow Falls, one of the most famous waterfalls in Wales.

Zip World Velocity 2: Experience the thrill of flying on the fastest zip line in the world, reaching speeds of up to 100 mph.

Best Places to Eat:

Lunch: Caban Cyf . Near Llanberis. Break and lunch, locally sourced, organic dishes with vegetarian options. 

Dinner: Royal Goat Hotel near Caernafon, Traditional Welsh pub fare with a modern twist.

Day 3: Snowdonia National Park to Pembrokeshire Coast National Park

Today, we bid farewell to Snowdonia and journey westward towards the rugged beauty of Pembrokeshire Coast National Park. With its dramatic cliffs, sandy beaches, and pristine waters, Pembrokeshire offers endless opportunities for a watersports adventure in Wales.

Driving Distance: Approx. 150 miles

Driving Time: Approx. 3 hours

Campsite Options:

Point Farm Campsite: Overlooking the picturesque village of Dale and offering stunning views of the Milford Haven Waterway, this campsite provides a peaceful retreat with direct access to the coastal path.

Trehenlliw Farm Camping: Situated near the town of St. Davids, this family-friendly campsite offers spacious pitches and modern facilities, including hot showers and laundry facilities. Also check out The Real Adventure Company here, for some awesome local activities. 

Caerfai Bay Caravan and Tent Park: Located just a short walk from Caerfai Bay Beach, this campsite offers breathtaking views of the Pembrokeshire coastline and easy access to coastal walks and watersports activities.

Best Tourist Attractions:

Pembrokeshire Coast Path: Explore the stunning coastline of Pembrokeshire on foot along this renowned long-distance walking trail, which stretches for 186 miles.

Skomer Island: Embark on a boat trip to Skomer Island, home to one of the largest colonies of seabirds in Britain, including puffins, razorbills, and guillemots.

Whitesands Bay: Relax on the golden sands of Whitesands Bay, one of the most beautiful beaches in Pembrokeshire, and enjoy swimming, surfing, or kayaking in the crystal-clear waters.

Best Places to Eat:

Café Mor (Award-winning seafood street food)

Dinner: The Griffin Inn, Dale. (Traditional pub grub with a focus on local ingredients)

Day 4: Pembrokeshire Coast National Park

Today, we immerse ourselves in the natural beauty and coastal charm of Pembrokeshire, exploring its hidden coves, rugged cliffs, and pristine beaches. Whether you’re surfing the waves, kayaking along the coast, or simply relaxing on the sand, Pembrokeshire offers something for everyone.

Best Tourist Attractions:

Barafundle Bay: Discover the secluded beauty of Barafundle Bay, often referred to as one of the best beaches in the world, with its golden sands and turquoise waters.

St. Davids Cathedral: Visit the majestic St. Davids Cathedral, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and explore its stunning architecture and tranquil surroundings.

Blue Lagoon: Take a dip in the crystal-clear waters of the Blue Lagoon, a former slate quarry transformed into a popular spot for swimming, cliff jumping, and coasteering.

Best Places to Eat:

Breakfast and Lunch: The Druidstone Hotel (Freshly caught seafood served with panoramic sea views)

Dinner: The Sloop Inn (Cosy pub atmosphere with hearty meals and local ales)

Day 5: Pembrokeshire Coast National Park to Cardigan Bay

Today, we continue our journey along the Welsh coast to the serene waters of Cardigan Bay, renowned for its rich marine life and pristine beaches. Whether you’re exploring coastal villages, spotting dolphins, or trying your hand at sailing, Cardigan Bay offers endless opportunities for adventure.

Driving Distance: Approx. 50 miles

Driving Time: Approx. 1 hour

Campsite Options:

Cardigan Camping and Caravanning Club Site: Located near the town of Cardigan, this campsite offers stunning views of the Teifi Estuary and easy access to coastal walks and watersports activities.

Cenarth Falls Holiday Park: Set within the picturesque village of Cenarth, this family-friendly holiday park provides a peaceful retreat with direct access to the River Teifi and its famous waterfalls.

Cwmtydu Camping and Caravan Park: Nestled in a secluded valley near the coastal village of Cwmtydu, this campsite offers a tranquil setting surrounded by lush countryside and stunning sea views.

Best Tourist Attractions:

Cardigan Bay Marine Wildlife Centre: Learn about the diverse marine life of Cardigan Bay and join boat trips to spot dolphins, seals, and seabirds in their natural habitat.

New Quay: Explore the charming seaside town of New Quay, known for its colourful houses, sandy beaches, and bustling harbour.

Cardigan Castle: Discover the rich history of Cardigan Castle, a medieval fortress overlooking the River Teifi, and explore its gardens, exhibitions, and events.

Best Places to Eat:

The Gwbert Hotel for panoramic sea views

Lunch: The Ship Inn (Freshly caught seafood served with locally sourced ingredients)

Dinner: Pizza Tipi (Wood-fired pizzas in a unique outdoor setting)

Day 6: Cardigan Bay

Today, it’s all about Cardigan. Discover the natural beauty and tranquility of Cardigan Bay, taking advantage of its pristine waters and stunning coastline. Whether you’re kayaking along the estuary, paddleboarding in the bay, or simply relaxing on the beach, Cardigan Bay offers the perfect backdrop for a day of relaxation and adventure.

Best Tourist Attractions:

Mwnt Beach: Relax on the golden sands of Mwnt Beach and admire the stunning views of Cardigan Bay, with its rugged cliffs and clear turquoise waters.

Cilgerran Castle: Visit the picturesque ruins of Cilgerran Castle, perched high above the River Teifi, and explore its ancient walls, towers, and gatehouses.

Cardigan Bay Active: Try your hand at a range of watersports activities, including kayaking, paddleboarding, and coasteering, with experienced instructors to guide you every step of the way.

Best Places to Eat:

Breakfast: Crwst Café (Artisan breakfast pastries and specialty coffee)

Lunch: The Cliff Hotel & Spa (Alfresco dining with panoramic sea views)

Day 7: Cardigan Bay to Nottingham

Homeward bound.  As our adventure draws to a close, we reflect on the memories created and the experiences shared during our journey through the stunning watersports destinations of Wales.Happily exhausted with memories of our adventures, we bid farewell to Cardigan Bay and begin our journey back to Nottingham, maybe stopping off on the way for those last destinations to eek out your Welsh holiday. 

Driving Distance: Approx. 200 miles

Driving Time: Approx. 4 hours

Aberystwyth: Take a stroll along the promenade of this charming seaside town, with its Victorian pier, bustling harbour, and panoramic views of Cardigan Bay.

Devil’s Bridge Falls: Marvel at the breathtaking natural beauty of Devil’s Bridge Falls, a series of cascading waterfalls set amidst ancient woodland and rugged cliffs.

Powis Castle and Garden: Explore the enchanting gardens and majestic castle of Powis Castle, with its terraced gardens, medieval fortress, and stunning views of the surrounding countryside.

Conclusion:

Embarking on a camper van adventure to explore the watersports destinations of Wales offers an unparalleled opportunity to connect with nature, experience adrenaline-pumping activities, and create lasting memories with loved ones. Here’s a breakdown of costs per person for our 7-day itinerary (all approximate, and depend on your activities):

Diesel        £100

Campsite Fees    £150

Attraction Fees   £100

Food £200

Total Cost Per Person: £550

With its diverse landscapes, rich history, and endless opportunities for adventure, Wales truly is a paradise for watersports enthusiasts. So pack your bags, hit the road, and get ready for the journey of a lifetime in the land of dragons and dreams!

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