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Quirky things to do in Wales! 

Here are some suggestions for a potential challenge to the most imaginative and energetic of us.


 

 
  • Visit the island of 10,000 saints

    Bardsey Island has been noted as a place of pilgrimage since the early years of Christianity and today is a National Nature Reserve, Site of Special Scientific Interest and part of the Llyn Environmentally Sensitive Area. Day trips are available from Pwllheli and Porth Meudwy or you can stay on the island on a self catering basis.

    www.bardsey.org
  • Steer a canoe or kayak

    Travel down the racing river Teifi at Llandysul. It’s one of the best white rivers in Wales – which means lots of thrills and spills. Llandysul Paddlers offers courses and kit hire and even offer accommodation in a hostel type environment as well as a camping ground.

    www.llandysul-paddlers.org.uk
  • Climb Mount Snowdon

    (or you could take the train if you must!) it’s the highest mountain in England and Wales. Pick a fine day and enjoy a stroll up to the peak and treat yourself to a cup of tea and a welsh cake in the new visitor centre and café at the summit.

    www.snowdon.com
  • Go down the Bronze Age

    After taking the Edwardian tramway railway from Llandudno, visit the copper mine on the Great Orme.  This may have been the biggest copper mine in the world in 600BC.

    www.greatormemines.info 
  • Find the Nanteos Cup

    It’s said to have magical healing properties and to have been cared for by the owners of Nanteos mansion after the monks of Strata Florida handed it over for safe keeping when Henry VIII stole the property of the Church and sold it to his sycophants.

    www.nanteos.com  
 
  • See the bleeding yews of Nevern

    This is an avenue of huge old yews leading from the churchyard gate to the porch of a church that has a fine example of ancient Ogham stones inside and a wonderful carved stone cross outside. One of the trees is called “the bleeding yew” because it oozes its red sap every year in sympathy with the suffering of Christ.

    www.visitpembrokeshire.com  
  • Spend the night on Cader Idris

    They say that by the time you wake up on the magic mountain you will either be a poet or mad.

    www.visitsnowdonia.info
     
  • Climb down the cliffs to St Govan’s Chapel
    Try to figure out why anyone would want to build this on a little ledge in the cliff, but admire their skill and perseverance. Count the steps on the way down and again on the way up. If you get the same number you’ll be the first.

    Note: Access is across a Ministry of Defence range, which is closed when the range is in use. It's open to the public most weekends and also on public holidays. Live firing notices are published in local newspapers and outside the Café at Bosherston. Information can also be obtained from local Tourist Information Centres and by calling +44 (0)1646 662367 (recorded message).

    www.visitpembrokeshire.com
  • Go fishing in a coracle

    First make friends with a coracle fisherman on the Towy, the Teifi or the Taff rivers and then master the art of conversing in ‘coracle man patois’. At the same time you can learn how these craft were built and used in their heyday.

    www.coraclemuseum.co.uk 
  • Go coasteering in Pembrokeshire

    Climb the cliffs and jump off them, explore the coast, dive into the deep water. It’s an exciting, adrenaline-packed outdoor pursuit.

    www.visitpembrokeshire.com
  • Visit the Ty Coch pub at Nefyn

    It’s got the biggest lounge bar in the world – the whole beach at Porth Dinllaen on the Llyn Peninsula. And you can only get to it on foot by walking along the sands at low tide!

    www.tycoch.co.uk
 

 

 
  • Go mountain biking in the Afan Valley

    Afan Forest Park is home to four world class trails - the Penhydd, The Wall, Skyline and White’s Level and boasts over 100km of single track heaven. Afan Forest Park was the only UK trail destination to feature in What Mountain Bike Magazine as one of the best ten places to ride “before your die”.

    www.mbwales.com
  • Principality Stadium (formerly Millennium Stadium)

    Experience the full range of emotions, from hope and optimism to probably angst and frustration, by watching a Wales home rugby match at the Principality Stadium. If sport is not your things, then there’s always a pop concert or something going on.
  • Take a boat ride to go dolphin watching in Cardigan Bay

    It’s one of only two places to spot dolphins and porpoises in Britain.

    www.cbmwc.org/boat-trips 
  • Drive a Steam Train for a Day
    Drive a Steam Train for a day for the experience of a lifetime, to realise that childhood ambition or relive a working life on the footplate. Book a driver experience course at the Llangollen Railway. Each driver experience course has been designed to give you, the driver, a real challenge and an exciting insight into the daily running of a heritage railway.

    www.llangollen-railway.co.uk  
  • The Great Little Trains of Wales
    The Great Little Trains of Wales are a very special way of seeing some of the best scenery in the British Isles. All are narrow gauge steam railways and some have a history spanning well over 100 years. All of them have in common the charm of old-time steam trains with plenty of polished paintwork and brass.

    www.greatlittletrainsofwales.co.uk
 
  • The Great Little Trains of Wales

    The Great Little Trains of Wales are a very special way of seeing some of the best scenery in the British Isles. All are narrow gauge steam railways and some have a history spanning well over 100 years. All of them have in common the charm of old-time steam trains with plenty of polished paintwork and brass.

    www.greatlittletrainsofwales.co.uk
  • Travel on a canal boat from Llangollen Wharf

    Two hour trips on the motorised canal boat. Thomas Telford carries you through the beautiful Vale of Llangollen and across the famous Pontcysyllte, the country's biggest navigable aqueduct towers - a massive 126ft (38m) above the River Dee supported by 18 stone piers - and it's a World Heritage Site!

    www.horsedrawnboats.co.uk
  • Walk the entire length of the Pembrokeshire Coastal Path

    Walk the entire length of the Pembrokeshire Coastal Path and you will have walked the equivalent of climbing Mount Everest.

    www.pembrokeshirecoast.org
  • Dare to enter the National Show Caves Centre for Wales - Dan yr Ogof

    Bone Cave and Cathedral Cave are top of the must visit list at the award winning National Showcave Centre. You can even get married deep underground in the Cathedral Cave!

    www.showcaves.co.uk
  • Ride A ‘Coaster with Character’

    Voted best wooden rollercoaster in the world by coaster enthusiasts, Megafobia is the coaster with character. With a drop of 80ft, top speed of 88kph and G-force of 2.75 you’ll get off the train and want to go straight back round!

    www.oakwoodthemepark.co.uk
 

 

Events 

 
  • World Bog Snorkelling Championships

    The World Bog Snorkelling Championships are an international sporting event which takes place annually on August Bank Holiday Monday in Waun Rhydd peat bog on the outskirts of Llanwrtyd Wells in Powys, Mid Wales. The aim of the event is to swim two lengths of a trench 60 yards long, which has been dug out of a bog. Competitors wear snorkels and flippers, and come from as far as Australia, America and Europe as well as from Britain for the pleasure of taking part.

    www.green-events.co.uk
  • World Mountain Bike Bog Snorkelling Championships

    The World Mountain Bike Bog Snorkelling Championships are held in Waun Rhydd peat bog and attract about 30 riders. Started up by local man Gordon Green in 1998, competitors must cycle two lengths of a six-foot deep trench, which is 45 yards long on a special lead-weighted bike. They must also wear a weighted backpack. The winner takes home a glass engraved goblet.

    www.green-events.co.uk
  • Man V Horse Race

    The Man v Horse race has been running for 24 years. The course is 22 miles long and involves farm tracks, footpaths, forestry roads and open moor land. Riders compete against runners to be the first to finish the course.

    www.green-events.co.uk
 
 
  • Real Ale Wobble

    The annual Real Ale Wobble is held in conjunction with the Mid Wales Beer festival and takes place around Llanwrtyd Wells. This is a non-competitive mountain bike weekend event, with a choice of 15, 25 or 35 miles each day.

    www.green-events.co.uk
  • Real Ale Ramble

    Again, in conjunction with the Mid Wales Beer Festival the walks are non-competitive, with a choice of distances of 10, 15 or 25 miles each day.

    www.green-events.co.uk

 
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