Posted 16th Jan 2018
Why not head into Wales and take in the beautiful landscapes that you can enjoy with your family? These activities are all perfect for anyone who wants to get out and about during January
The Wales Way is a family of three national routes that lead along the Welsh coast, and across castle country and through the mountains. The Coastal Way travels the west coast around Cardigan Bay, a 180-mile (290km) road-trip between the sea and mountains. The Cambrian Way will cross the spine of Wales for 185 miles (300km) between Llandudno and Cardiff, through National Parks and big green spaces. The North Wales Way stretches some 75miles (120km) past some mighty castles into the island of Anglesey. There are three Wales Way routes which offer a spectacular tour of Wales - the great thing about The Wales Way is there is no right or wrong way to take; simply make it your Wales Way, whether you travel on foot, on a bike, or simply enjoy the views from the comfort of your car.
Cardigan Bay is home to the UK's biggest pod of dolphins. You should be able o spot bottlenose dolphins throughout the year, but there are some locations that are better than others. For instance, New Quay, in the summer, will be ideal for spotting them, and if you're lucky, you may also get to spot seals, porpoises, basking sharks and even orcas. Simply find a spot or wander along the coast and admire the beautiful dolphins of Wales without spending a penny.
Who doesn't enjoy exploring? A favourite will be exploring the magnificent Brecon Beacon National Park, which is home to 180 caches all waiting to be found. All you will need is a phone with a GPS signal on it. From the well-known sites in the national park, which include the WWII bomber crash site or the monument of Little Tommy Jones to the nooks and crannies you've never seen before, simply put your walking boots on and navigate your way around the park.
Rhossili Beach was voted Europe's best beach in Suitcase magazine's top 10 beaches in the world. Free to roam, the beach is the perfect spot for a coastal walk, with three miles of sandy shores and landmarks to discover the famous Worm's Head.
There are over 600 castles to choose from, meaning it's easy to step out of the cold and into history. Some of the castles in Wales will charge a small fee to explore - for instance Conwy Castle. Prices will start from £7.95 for adults. However, there are plenty of castles that are free to roam - Dryzlewn Castle in the south-east has stunning views of the surrounding areas, and it's a site that has always been associated with the princes of Deheubarth.
Beddgelert Bikes, mountain bike hire is located in the heart of the Snowdonia National Park, North Wales. The park is home to the climb and summit of Wale's highest mountain, Mount Snowdon, offering views as far as Ireland across the sea. You can discover all there is to see in the Snowdonia National park on a mountain bike - all the routes are clearly marked with numbered posts, ensuring visitors can find their way round. Prices start from £15.00 per bike for two hours for adults and £10 per bike for four hours for children.
Anglesey Riding Centre is the perfect place for new riders to start their horse-riding journey. All riders will love the location of this beautiful spot, offering views of Caernarfon Castle, the Snowdonia mountain range, and beyond. There's five miles of private bridleways to explore, as well as indoor training facilities for all levels. Prices start from £11.
If you're after a beautiful and relaxing walk, look no further than Bodnant Gardens. You can gaze around the picturesque gardens all day, and there are 80 acres of beauty to look at, all filled with unique and special botanical collections. Prices start from £13.20 for adults and £6.60 for children.
Text and information courtesy of Visit Wales