Other Outdoor Activities

Whether an experienced white water paddler, mountain biker, hard rock climber or caver or just wanting to have a go at Swedish axe throwing, bush craft, field sports or pony trekking, there is much to choose from.

Canoeing

Access to the River Dee is just a minute’s drive from Parc Grove for a gentle trip to Horseshoe Falls. Add in the white water section to Town Falls at Llangollen … there is no need for a shuttle here - just paddle back up the canal!

 


With regular releases of water, Afon Tryweryn near Bala is good white water paddling throughout the year. There are numerous courses available here at the national White Water Centre.

 

Just down the road from the Tryweryn, Bala Lake is good for placid water canoeing and kayaking … the good length of the lake is great for canoe sailing and there are plenty of shallow areas for rolling and other skills practice.


Lesser known rivers in the area include Afon Alwen, Afon Clwyd and Afon Cledwen towards Snowdonia and Afon Ceiriog, a tributary of the lower Dee, and Afon Banwy at Welshpool.

Further afield, but easy day trips are Afon Llder, Afon Conwy and Afon Llugwy.

Cycling

There is plenty of on and off road cycling in north east Wales. The Clwydian Range has many mountain bike trails suitable for all abilities …. Llandegla Forest (bikes can also be rented from here) … the Llyn Brenig Mountain Bike trail.

Alternatively, have an easy tow path ride along the Llangollen Canal from Horseshoe Falls to Shropshire, taking in Pontcysyllte and Chirk Aqueducts. Not forgetting that there are quiet lanes to explore straight from Llidiart-y-Parc ... or the challenge of crossing the Berwyns.

Climbing

Limestone escarpment - World's End © Copyright alan smethurst and licensed for reuse under this Creative Commons Licence

There are hundreds of routes on Clwyd limestone. World’s End is excellent for a quiet day or evening out with climbing for all abilities … many routes are sheltered on a hot day. A few miles along the valley Eglwyseg Mountain is great in the sunshine, it is more exposed but old quarry workings are sheltered. Just 8 miles from Parc Grove, there are over 50 routes at Pwllglas Rocks. Climbing and abseiling courses are also available locally.

Caving and Mine Exploration

A 15 minute walk from Parc Grove takes you to the abandoned slate workings of Penarth Quarry. A few miles away further workings are found up the Nant y Pandy valley … Nant y Pandy Slate Quarry and Moel Fferna Quarry 500m up the in the Berwyns.

More Activities

Coming as part of a group or individuals? Do you want to learn new skills or improve existing ones? White water rafting is an exciting half day on the Tryweryn at Bala and the Dee at Llangollen. You can also try gorge walking, white water tubing, clay pigeon shooting, paintballing and quad biking. For distinctly more unusual activities, sign up for courses in archery, laser clay, bush craft and survival … and Swedish axe throwing.

Or get the adrenalin rush on a high ropes course or gorge walking … also paintballing and raft building  courses can be found just a few miles beyond Corwen.

Llyn Tegid (Lake Bala) is good for sailing, wind surfing and fishing (roach, pike, trout, grayling and eels).

But there is no need to go far as day permits can be obtained locally in Corwen for fly and coarse fishing nearby on the River Dee and fishing lakes sea trout, brown trout, salmon, grayling, bream, perch, chub, roach and gudgeon.

Day fly fishing permits can be obtained at Llyn Brenig, where The World Fly Fishing Championships have been held … there is also plenty to do (sailing, cycling, walking, looking for archaeological remains) for non fishing visitors. Or head for Llandegla Forest where there is fly and coarse fishing in the scenic Clywdian Range.

Game and clay pigeon shooting is available for beginners and experienced guns here in Llidiart-y-Parc.

For a different view of the countryside, try a hot air balloon flight.

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