Calling all daredevils and adrenaline junkies – if you’re looking to add some excitement to your UK holiday, then you’ve come to the right place! From white water gorge walking and surfing to rock climbing and mountain biking, your South Wales adventure is right around the corner. Get your pulse racing with these five unforgettable experiences to be had in Neath Port Talbot, The Dramatic Heart of Wales.
Grab your helmet and get your heart racing and adrenaline pumping, as you ride along the twisting singletracks of Afan Forest Park with the breath-taking backdrop of the valley’s mountains. This is the mountain bikers dream, as the park is home to six incredible trails including the ‘Penhydd’, ‘Y Wâl’, ‘White’s Level’ and ‘W²‘, with over 100km of tracks just waiting for you. Ease yourself in with the ever-popular, beginners level, Rookie Trail, experience a guided ride with the brilliant Campbell Coaching, or, for expert riders, challenge yourself with the black-graded W² route which promises to be physically challenging but absolutely electrifying!
Also known as canyoning, explore the twisting mountain rivers of the Vale of Neath’s beautiful waterfalls; navigate your way along the riverbeds while swimming through pristine pools of fresh mountain water with the fantastic Adventure Britain. Guided by an experienced local leader, you can explore the hidden landscapes of Neath Port Talbot that are off the beaten track while leaping from rock ledges and jumping across boulders, surrounded by gushing waterfalls and white water spray. Not for the faint-hearted!
Experience a rush like no other, as you scale rock faces at dizzying heights with a rock climbing taster session, also led by Mountain and River Activities. Climbing is exploding internationally, so now is the perfect time to try this exciting and challenging sport. When you reach the top of the crag, local instructors will teach you abseiling techniques so that you can descend to the bottom in the most exhilarating way possible!
Make a splash and ride the waves of Aberavon Seafront, mastering the art of surfing with Surf School Wales. The friendly and local team of instructors will teach you everything you need to know, all while sharing their love and passion for the sea and its waves. Home to one of Wales’ longest sandy beaches, Aberavon holds a fantastic wave when the surf is good which promises to satisfy even the biggest thrill-seeker!
Go Ape at Margam Country Park
Find exhilaration up high with the only Go Ape Treetop Challenge in Wales! Home to the UK’s biggest Tarzan Swing, experience a jaw-dropping and stomach-churning six-metre freefall that’s guaranteed to get your adrenaline going. Tackle the Bosuns Chair, Log Balance and core strengthening Stirrups as you make your way across the spectacular high ropes course, made up of an array of tree-to-tree crossings and balancing challenges. From the heights of the trees you can observe the stunning views of the world around you, and maybe even catch a glimpse of Margam’s famous deer herd!
Armed with your knowledge of the top five exhilarating experiences to be had in the Dramatic Heart of Wales, it’s time to climb out of your comfort zone and tackle this epic list of thrilling activities! You need only bring your fearless spirit; an adventurous holiday is waiting. For the young, and the young at heart!
*Surfing is a seasonal activity. For more information and available dates contact Surf School Wales.