Canoeing and kayaking is a fabulous way to explore Wales’ fabulous coastline and its equally beautiful inland waterways. In the north of the country, Anglesey’s island coastline boasts a diverse range of waters from sheltered bays to tidal races, so paddling sports here can be enjoyed by all ages.
Pembrokeshire’s coastline is protected by a National Park and is known the world-over, while the Gower peninsular is renowned for its outstanding natural beauty. Yet from Cardigan Bay in the west, to Point of Ayr in the north and the Severn Estuary in the south east, the Welsh coast offers a dizzying array of safe or challenging waters to explore.
White-water junkies can make a splash here too. Rivers in mountainous areas of Wales create the perfect conditions for white-water paddling, more of which you can read about here.
Fast-flowing rivers provide ample opportunity for adrenaline junkies to raft or paddle the waterways of Wales. The mountain ranges of Snowdonia, the Brecon Beacons and the Cambrians that form the spine of the country feed a number of major rivers and white-water reaches are well served by paddle sports providers.
Explore the many narrower river gorges with canyoning or gorge walking, a relatively new sport. Similar to coasteering, you clamber, climb, jump and swim your way up tight ravines and experience landscapes and wildlife rarely seen by the public.