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Rafting Swap sails and serenity for full-on action by crashing through the rapids in a rigid inflatable boat

I coasteering has quickly become the favourite sport on offer. ‘Coasteering is perhaps the most exhilarating and adrenaline-packed day out,’ he says. ‘It combines the best of rock- and water-based activities, and is all about making your way around the sea cliffs, seeking out the most fun things along the way, such as jumping into the water, scrambling about on the rocks, swimming across zawns [gaps in the cliff ], exploring sea caves, getting swirled about in waves, climbing tough walls and falling into deep water and loads of other great stuff.

Paddleboarding is fun for all

was one of the early pioneers of the sport and is now a leading paddleboard instructional provider. The business was launched in 2011 by Anthony and Lianne after an inspiring trip to California. Now they not only introduce newcomers to paddleboarding, but have become specialists in whitewater paddleboarding too and host a festival dedicated to this

‘Coasteering is often the highlight of people’s holidays to north Wales and shouldn’t be missed. It’s definitely the wettest activity, but we make sure everyone is kitted out and the cold won’t get in the way of having a brilliant time. ‘Nobody has to jump from a height they don’t want to – you can swim past a challenge if it’s not for you – but you’ll have more fun giving things a go. We take waterproof cameras with us on any activity, so we can capture all the action and share it with you afterwards.’ www.

more extreme version of the sport every year. They also host relaxed evening paddles in Llangollen and special sessions designed to let dog owners take their furry friends out on the water. There’s a stand up session for everyone! www.

Land-locked options

In Shropshire, SUP Shrewsbury offers stand-up paddleboarding sessions. The club has aligned with Shire Canoes to widen its watersports provision, and with paddleboarding at its heart the same great range of options are on offer for beginners and experts alike. Launching from the canoe ramp in Frankwell,

f you’re a full-on thrillseeker, white-water rafting is for you. Pop on your life jacket and helmet, jump into a rigid inflatable boat (RIB) with your friends and head straight out into trouble! Whether you want to cannon down a river in full flow or head for the falls themselves, there are plenty of organisations ready to take you to your limits. Best enjoyed in a group, this activity isn’t for the fainthearted and probably best for those over the age of 12, depending on the location, but it is guaranteed to get the adrenaline flowing!

Controlled conditions

Be prepared to get wet!

the club offers lessons as well as casual sessions and hire options, plus a huge range of parties suitable for all occasions. ‘Stand-up paddleboarding is fun by nature, so you only have to add good company and a whole host of silly challenges into the mix and you’re left with a barrel of laughs for all ages,’ says a company spokesperson. ‘A unique session can be boosted by the introduction of our Mega SUP. This eightperson paddleboard may be the strangest thing you’ve ever seen, but it won’t leave you disappointed.’ It’s great for a mates’ day out or even a stag or hen party with a difference!

Most white-water rafting locations have to wait for the right weather to provide the required conditions. But here in the Shire patch, there is a venue that can predict when the rivers will be perfect. The National White Water Centre, based in Bala in the heart of Snowdonia National Park, was opened in 1995 and takes advantage of the Llyn Celyn reservoir, which was created in the 1960s by flooding existing villages. The release of the reservoir’s waters through a controlled dam into the River Tryweryn provides a white-water rafting experience like no other. The National White Water Centre opens for its white-water adventures on any day the Llyn Celyn reservoir is releasing, offering on average 200 days a year of reliable and impressive rafting each year. Participants can enjoy everything from a two-hour session crashing down the Upper Tryweryn’s natural, Welsh mountain white-water rapids, with enough time to usually fit in four exciting and challenging runs of the one-mile section, to a more laidback taster session or a family friendly four-mile safari. There are plenty of options available, but one certainty – you’re going to get wet on this adventure! www.

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Shire Magazine July-August 2019  

North Wales, Mid Wales, Shropshire, Cheshire, Wirral, Whats on, magazine, days out, events, restaurants, reviews, homes, gardens, arts, craf...

Shire Magazine July-August 2019  

North Wales, Mid Wales, Shropshire, Cheshire, Wirral, Whats on, magazine, days out, events, restaurants, reviews, homes, gardens, arts, craf...