Quirky things to do in Wales!
Here are some suggestions for a potential challenge to the most imaginative and energetic of us.
Visit the island of 10,000 saints
Bardsey Island has been noted as a place of pilgrimage since the early years of Christianity and today is a National Nature Reserve, Site of Special Scientific Interest and part of the Llyn Environmentally Sensitive Area. Day trips are available from Pwllheli and Porth Meudwy or you can stay on the island on a self catering basis.
Steer a canoe or kayak
Travel down the racing river Teifi at Llandysul. It’s one of the best white rivers in Wales – which means lots of thrills and spills. Llandysul Paddlers offers courses and kit hire and even offer accommodation in a hostel type environment as well as a camping ground.
Climb Mount Snowdon
(or you could take the train if you must!) it’s the highest mountain in England and Wales. Pick a fine day and enjoy a stroll up to the peak and treat yourself to a cup of tea and a welsh cake in the new visitor centre and café at the summit.
Go down the Bronze Age
After taking the Edwardian tramway railway from Llandudno, visit the copper mine on the Great Orme. This may have been the biggest copper mine in the world in 600BC.
Find the Nanteos Cup
It’s said to have magical healing properties and to have been cared for by the owners of Nanteos mansion after the monks of Strata Florida handed it over for safe keeping when Henry VIII stole the property of the Church and sold it to his sycophants.
See the bleeding yews of Nevern
This is an avenue of huge old yews leading from the churchyard gate to the porch of a church that has a fine example of ancient Ogham stones inside and a wonderful carved stone cross outside. One of the trees is called “the bleeding yew” because it oozes its red sap every year in sympathy with the suffering of Christ.
Spend the night on Cader Idris
They say that by the time you wake up on the magic mountain you will either be a poet or mad.
- Climb down the cliffs to St Govan’s Chapel
Try to figure out why anyone would want to build this on a little ledge in the cliff, but admire their skill and perseverance. Count the steps on the way down and again on the way up. If you get the same number you’ll be the first.
Note: Access is across a Ministry of Defence range, which is closed when the range is in use. It's open to the public most weekends and also on public holidays. Live firing notices are published in local newspapers and outside the Café at Bosherston. Information can also be obtained from local Tourist Information Centres and by calling +44 (0)1646 662367 (recorded message).
Go fishing in a coracle
First make friends with a coracle fisherman on the Towy, the Teifi or the Taff rivers and then master the art of conversing in ‘coracle man patois’. At the same time you can learn how these craft were built and used in their heyday.
Go coasteering in Pembrokeshire
Climb the cliffs and jump off them, explore the coast, dive into the deep water. It’s an exciting, adrenaline-packed outdoor pursuit.
Visit the Ty Coch pub at Nefyn
It’s got the biggest lounge bar in the world – the whole beach at Porth Dinllaen on the Llyn Peninsula. And you can only get to it on foot by walking along the sands at low tide!