Adventure Activities in Snowdonia

Go BelowIf you’re up for an adventure, you’ll be spoilt for choice in Snowdonia – there are dozens of adventure activity providers to choose from. Coasteering, stand up paddleboarding, zip lining, mine exploration – all these and more are available for the adventurous among you!

Snowdonia is often called ‘the UK’s number one activity centre‘, and for good reason – the varied landscape of forestry, mountains, open countryside, rivers, lakes and coast provide plenty of opportunities for enjoying adventurous outdoor activities.

There are dozens of adventure activities providers in the region, but the following all have something important in common: they all provide activities that can be booked through Snowdonia’s Tourist Information Centres using a special booking hub.


Surf-Lines offer a number of exciting activities and adventures, most of which involve water in some way. Kayaking and canoeing, stand up paddleboarding (SUP), coasteering (a combination of scrambling, climbing, cliff jumping and swimming), rock climbing, lake swims, sit on top kayaking – these are all available through Surf-Lines, with some activities suitable for children as well as complete beginners.

Find out more:

Visit or call 01286 879001.

jump-250Pro-Active Adventure

Suitable for age 7 upwards, the Blue Lake Buzz Day by Pro-Active Adventures combines a 100ft abseil, an 80ft zip line into the Blue Lake, mine exploration, Tyrolean Traverse (scrambling sideways, attached to a rope) and rock climbing. This all takes place at Blue Lake, Fairbourne, with all specialist equipment provided (but don’t forget to wear clothes that you don’t mind getting muddy).

Find out more:

Visit or call 01588 630123.

Seren Ventures

With Seren Ventures of Betws-y-Coed, you can try your hand at canyoning or gorge walking, both of which involve an adrenaline-fuelled mixture of swimming, scrambling, sliding and abseiling – and in the case of canyoning, with a lovely plunge pool at the end. An experienced guide is with you throughout, and all technical and safety equipment is provided.

Find out more:

Visit or call 01690 710754.

Up 4 Adventure

With Up 4 Adventure you’ll be able to have a go at rock climbing in the Barmouth area, where you’ll enjoy beautiful views after climbing as high as 25 metres. Rock climbing is very challenging but also very rewarding; when you reach the top, you’ll feel like you’ve really achieved something! As well as the climb itself, you’ll learn basic skills like belaying your partner and tying knots.

Find out more:

Visit or call Raechelle Williams on 07793027130.

sup-250Plas Menai – the National Water Sports Centre

As you’d expect from the National Water Sports Centre, there are plenty of water sports to enjoy at Plas Menai. As well as newer sports like coasteering and SUP, you can also have a go at more traditional pursuits like kayaking, windsurfing, sailing and much more. There are also courses designed for under-18s, so there’s plenty of fun to be had for younger members of the family.

Find out more:

Visit or call 01248 670 964.

zipworld-250Snowdonia Adventure Hub/Tree Top Adventure

There’s plenty of fun to be had with Snowdonia Adventure Hub’s gorge walking trips. Gorge walking takes you on a journey up a river (about a 15-minute drive from Llanrwst), where you’ll meet plenty of natural challenges including plunge pools, squeezes, climbing and more. You’ll be accompanied by a fully experienced guide throughout the adventure, and all safety equipment will be provided.

With Tree Top Adventure you and your family will be able to enjoy a fantastic high ropes course, high up in the trees, where you’ll negotiate over 30 obstacles including balancing beams, zip wires, rope bridges and a parachute simulator. This adventure is suitable for anyone that’s reasonably fit and taller than 1.3m (4ft 3in).

Find out more:

Visit or call 01690 710 914

Zip World Snowdonia

Zip World Snowdonia is one of the area’s newest adventure activity providers. Their zip line over the Penrhyn Quarry in Bethesda is the largest zip wire experience in the northern hemisphere, and during your ride you’ll travel over a mile at speeds of up to 100mph – phew! Start with the ‘Little Zipper’ which reaches speeds of 40mph, before progressing on to the Big Zip. From the end of the Short Zipper to the start of the Long Zipper you’ll be transported in a specially adapted off-road vehicle, and along the journey you’ll hear all about the quarry’s past.

Find out more:

Visit or call 01248 601 444.

go-below-250-v2Go Below

Have an underground adventure with a Go Below mine exploration trip, where you’ll get to explore some of Snowdonia’s abandoned mines. Crossing zip lines and traverses you’ll journey through a mountain, climbing rock faces and waterfalls, boating across water and abseiling off ledges. You’ll encounter deep blue lakes, lofty caverns and abandoned old mining machinery – learning the history of the mining industry as you go.

Find out more:

Visit or call 01690 710108.

windsurfing-250Llŷn Adventure

Llŷn Adventure’s three-hour sit on top kayaking trip is great fun, and it takes no time at all to learn the basics (sit on top kayaks are designed to be very stable and easy to master). You may find yourself on a gentle journey taking in the sights, sounds and wildlife of the Llŷn Peninsula, or – conditions permitting – you may find yourself riding the waves on a super-charged surf session. The trip will take you around Nefyn and Porthdinllaen and is fully guided.

Find out more:

Visit or call Chris Thorne on 077518267143.

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