Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic some local attractions, events and businesses may not be operating as advertised. Please plan ahead. We recommend that you directly contact the places you are intending to visit before traveling to our destination.
Let’s all work together to keep each other safe by following Welsh Government guidelines whilst enjoying what the Dramatic Heart of Wales has to offer.
Valleys Outdoor Adventure is the perfect way to escape the 9 to 5 grind or to celebrate a special occasion with friends, family or even as part of a work trip with colleagues. Immerse yourself in the Welsh countryside: relax, enjoy a change of scenery and most importantly, experience adventure like never before.
Adventure Britain and Mountain and River Activities are two experienced adventure providers who will be on hand to bring an exciting edge to your holiday with a variety of activities to allow you to experience the outdoors like never before.
If you’re travelling as part of a group then let Adventure Britain create an unforgettable bespoke adventure experience for you. Have a go at gorge walking through rocky terrain as water twists, turns and tumbles through nature’s natural chutes. Gorge walking is the best way to immerse yourself in the action of the Brecon Beacons in a safe and controlled environment. Get kitted out with a helmet and torch and explore the network of caves in your very own caving experience suited to your ability.
Adventure Britain can also work with larger and corporate groups to bring out the best in each other through team building activities.
For travellers looking for a more Bear Grylls-style experience, Mountains and River Activities can start your holiday with some of the finest hillwalking in the UK through the beautiful Welsh countryside. Your local guide can teach you basic map and compass skills and give you the confidence to stray off the beaten track to explore unspoiled beauty spots. If you wish to upgrade from hillwalking, mountaineering involves more physical strength, navigating through a variety of conditions using skills like scrambling and climbing.
A vigorous day hiking through nature, leaping from high rock ledges and crawling behind waterfalls, will push you outside of your comfort zone and get you to reach goals that you never thought possible.
The rock climbing and abseiling taster sessions are designed for all abilities, providing you with the skills and necessary technique to conquer new heights. You will be spoiled for choice with breathtaking views. This activity is a great test of teamwork and communication as you navigate your way up the rock face.
Bushcraft and survival are the perfect final activity on your holiday’s itinerary. Covering everything from the basics up to advanced skill, the team of instructors will show you how to take advantage of your surroundings to survive. This activity will test you physically and psychologically, with a person’s survival instincts depending on their ability to withstand pressure in emergency situations. Your brain will be the best tool and your most valuable asset to survive!
After busy days of activity and adventure you can choose from a variety of highclass accommodation and dining options while you relax and re-live the memories you’ve made in Neath Port Talbot.
The modern Towers Hotel boasts high-quality accommodation with a beautiful spa and pool, and a sophisticated restaurant specialising in European cuisine and traditional Welsh Fayre. The Annex bedrooms boast stunning views across the hotel’s grounds, a peaceful way to start your morning. The tranquil spa resides on the edge of a beautiful indoor pool, with a vast menu of spa treatments including cosmetics and relaxing massages.
Swansea Valley Holiday Cottages are the perfect accommodation for large (and small) groups, with a range of postcard-pretty cottages for four to six people. Designed by award-winning architects, Ty Gambo is a particular favourite with
holidaymakers who love the combination of modern minimalism and historic features. Heated by renewable biomass and insulated with sheep’s wool, the cottage is completely unique with a magic tree built from stone in one of the courtyard walls and a stunning stand-alone bath. At the Hafod y Wennol cottage, sit outside under the giant beech trees with a glass of wine and watch the lambs playing under a setting sun – a little taste of paradise in today’s chaotic world. All cottages offer fantastic fully-equipped self-catering facilities.
Situated in the upper Swansea Valley at the foot of the Brecon Beacons, the New Swan Hotel is another option for a cosy, centrally-located stay. The family-run establishment is a great base for groups to explore the Welsh countryside. Enjoy a drink with the locals at the bar, with a wide range of beers, wine and coffee, and savour freshly prepared home-cooked meals made with local produce.
The New Swan Hotel is a great opportunity to experience local hospitality. The menu offers a range of pub classics, from homemade beef lasagne to curries and a variety of different burger options.
Create memories to treasure for a lifetime with the Valleys Outdoor Adventure.
- Morning – Grab your helmet and torch and enjoy your very own caving experience.
- Afternoon – Put your compass skills to the test with an orienteering adventure.
- Evening – Kick back with a pint of local beer at The New Swan Hotel or make use of the pizza oven at the Swansea Valley Holiday Cottages.
- Morning – Challenge yourself to a rock climbing and abseiling taster session.
- Afternoon – Learn survival skills with bushcraft activities in the great outdoors.
- Evening – Relax with a spa session or swim at The Towers Hotel.
The Dramatic Heart of Wales is a great choice for a socially distanced mini-break. With so many outdoor attractions from country parks and our epic seafront through to our expanse of mountains and natural landscapes, you can relax knowing you are having a ‘safe-cation’. Many of our tourism businesses have achieved ‘Good to Go’ status and made a commitment to maintaining the highest standard of safety and cleanliness.
Protecting our land for future generations while caring for one another is part of what makes us who we are. Visit Wales is inviting you to make your ‘Addo’ (the Welsh word for promise), please join us by making your pledge before you visit. By working together to keep each other safe we can all enjoy what the Dramatic Heart of Wales has to offer.