North Wales has it all. With mountains, lakes and rivers set alongside miles of spectacular coastline, Snowdonia and the North Wales coast has been a go-to place for those seeking outdoor adventures for hundreds of years. Now, in 2015 the unmistakable landscape of Snowdonia boasts even more features as it seeks to cement its position as the UK’s adventure capital.
The latest incredible attraction is Surf Snowdonia, the first ever inland wave lagoon open to the public. At 330m long and 110m wide, this lozenge shaped lagoon will have the longest man made waves on the planet. Using WaveGarden technology, the lake rolls out perfectly formed waves at a rate of (up to) one every minute, at the push of a button.
Although it is a very different experience to surfing the waves as they crash on to your favourite beach, it is still just as exhilarating. The gentle mechanical whirr of the wave generator is fitting given the industrial history of the site – previously an aluminium works. The lagoon is set against the beautiful scenery of the Conwy Valley, and is suitable for anyone, ranging from those with no experience, right up to world-class professional level surfers.
This is a great place to practice surfing before heading off to try your newly refined skills out on the surf of a west coast Anglesey beach – which will certainly be a lot more unpredictable! Based in Dolgarrog, Surf Snowdonia also has an indoor activity play centre for younger visitors, where parents can grab a coffee and take some time out while the little ones run wild. The glass fronted surfside café bar looks out over the lagoon, and provides a perfect space to watch in awe of the more skilled surfers balancing perfectly on the crest of a wave.
What it costs:
A 2 hour surf lesson will cost £39 (1 hour theory, 1 hour on the lagoon). Free surfing costs from £19 for an hour. For more info visit the Surf Snowdonia website.
Visit was to attend a Ceroc Dance Weekend. Excellent venue, superb food, great room, first class service. Staff were wonderful.Close to all local attractions. I was part of a group of about 120 dancers, every one of us had a brilliant weekend.
I stayed at the hotel with my husband and 2 children 8 and 10. The room was comfortable, large and spotless, the communal spaces in the hotel had character and charm and the breakfast was excellent. The staff were friendly and efficient and the swimming pool a real added bonus. The proximity to the town was a wonderful bonus - 5 minutes walk to the castle and main square. Yes the decor in the room is a little dated, but this hotel represents fantastic value for money. There is so much to do in the area, it's a great base to climb Snowdon and visit the Zip World centres. We didn't have time to visit the Welsh Mountain Zoo or do the Railway - two nights in the area just wasn't enough. we can't wait to go again!