5 Unforgettable Outdoor Activities in North Wales

IN Activities / October 30, 2019

One of the best things about staying in Denbighshire is the proximity to the great outdoors.

In recent years, all of Wales has quickly become one of the go-to destinations for families, couples and young people looking for an action-packed, yet affordable family holiday. Wales was once considered to be a purely seaside destination and whilst the coastal towns of Denbighshire are still very popular in the peak of summer, the increasing popularity of outdoor pursuits, such as climbing and mountain biking, has led to a steady increase in popularity for the region.

We’re going to tip our hat here to Visit North Wales, who have done an excellent job of informing us of all the new exciting activities that are open to visitors. Their website is packed full of info regarding the whole of North Wales, and they’ve proved invaluable in helping us put this together – thanks, guys!

Admittedly, all of these activities take place outside of Denbighshire, but they’re only a short drive away really and it’s still perfectly possible to stay here as a base for your adventures throughout the rest of North Wales.

Zip World

Those scared of heights might be wise to give this one a miss, as the record-breaking ziplines at the fantastic Zip World send visitors hurtling through a disused quarry at a truly alarming speed! There are two ziplines at Zip World, in addition to a Quarry Tour and Quarry Karts, which are a little less full-on, but still look like a blast!

Bounce Below

Take your North Wales adventure underneath the very mountains themselves at Bounce Below, another truly unique activity run by the team at Zip World. Huge nets have been installed into these massive natural caves, creating an exhilarating playground for visitors from 7 years and up to enjoy. Spend an hour in this amazing playground for just £20.

Surf Snowdonia

Although there are plenty of great spots to enjoy some surf on the Denbighshire coastline, you’re always at the mercy of mother nature to provide you with the right conditions to catch the waves you desire. At Surf Snowdonia, the guesswork has been taking out of the surfing experience. A huge disused quarry has been transformed into the UK’s only artificial surfing simulator. Take a lesson from one of the pros, or go it your own with a surfboard or bodyboard.

Climbing Snowdon


Tackling Wales’ biggest peak isn’t the daunting challenge that it sounds like. There are multiple, well-marked paths going up to the summit of Snowdon, so losing your way is difficult to do. For those not quite up to the task, the Snowdon Mountain Railway offers an easy option up and down the mountain, however, it’s best to book your tickets well in advance to avoid being forced into doing the walk!

Stand Up Paddle Boarding


If you’re not quite up to hurtling through a quarry or climbing a mountain, then we can wholeheartedly recommend Stand Up Paddle Boarding (SUP for short). Although you may find yourself aching a little the day after (SUP makes use of balancing and core strength that you might not have used in a while!), this is a much more serene activity that allows you to soak in the surrounding landscape without getting too out of breath or scared.