Yes, we already know and love the beautiful green, green grass; the rolling hills, valleys and rugged coastline of Wales.
Well, next year (2016) Wales is set to show a different side – with the launch of The Year of Adventure, a series of major events and activities supported by Bear Grylls and Richard Parks – Adventure Ambassadors for Wales.
We take a look at how to get adventurous off the beaten track in Wales right now.
Check out these four fun activities you and your teenagers will enjoy
Go cliff camping in Anglesey
This is wild camping on the edge – literally! After spending some time rock climbing, you’ll abseil down to your ‘portaledge’, a hammock attached to the edge of the cliff high above the crashing waves. Enjoy a hot meal and watch the sun go down with a hot chocolate then fall asleep to the sounds of the swirling seas below. From £190per person. www.gaiaadventures.co.uk
Take on an underground assault course
This new underground adventure in Snowdonia route takes you through five kilometres of pure underground adrenaline. You’ll take on no less than nine zipwires (one is the longest and one the deepest underground zip line in the world) You can also get to do a free fall down a 70 foot abyss. The challenge takes all day – but there are shorter options to choose too. From £79 per person. www.go-below.co.uk/zip-below.asp
Surf in Snowdonia
Who needs the beach and those elusive ‘perfect surfing conditions’ when, at the push of a button, this brand new lagoon (filled entirely by Welsh rainwater collected from Snowdonia mountain reservoirs) is transformed into perfect barrelling waves? The size of the waves can be perfectly controlled for beginners, intermediate and advanced surfers and there’s a surf academy on board too, headed up by Jo Dennison, three-times Welsh Champion and former British Champion. From £40 per hour. www.surfsnowdonia.co.uk
Take a sheep for a walk
So Wales is full of sheep. But did you know some of them love nothing better than leading you on a tour around their patch? Welsh outdoor company Good Day Out has teamed up with Aberhyddnant Farm to create the new concept of sheep trekking. First you choose your sheep from a small flock of specially trained Jacobs. Then it’s fitted with a soft rope halter and will then take you on a scenic trek through the Brecon Beacons. £65 for the full day adventure. www.gooddayout.co.uk
More info from www.visitwales.com