This year is Wales’ year of adventure. Why not join in the fun and do something epic? We’ve compiled a list of daring activities you have to try each month!
Mountain biking in North Wales
To kick off the year of adventure in style, why not give mountain biking a go? North Wales has many mountain biking resorts but notably Coed Llandegla offers a host of trails for both beginners and intermediate level riders. After opening in 2005, it has become one of the most popular mountain bike resorts in Wales, receiving over 200,000 visitors a year. For just £32 you can hire a bike for a full day and ride the trails to your hearts content!
Also nearby is Llangollen Railway, a heritage railway beside the historic Dee Bridge. Starting in Llangollen, the steam train follows the Rive Dee and ends 10 miles later in the charming town of Corwen. Located within an Area of Outstanding National Beauty, the views from the carriages are simply breathtaking and explore much of the natural beauty that North Wales has to offer. Whilst enjoying the picturesque scenery, indulge in a choice of light menus, including afternoon tea with homemade scones and jam. All of the stations along the railway track are of a typical Victorian design, giving you a truly historical experience like no other.
Where to stay
This January experience a fun-filled day of biking then wind down at the nearby Manorhaus Ruthin hotel. This contemporary accommodation set in the Vale of Clwyd is a mere 20 minute drive from Coed Llandegla and features a combination of classic architecture with a stylish, modern twist. The hotel also boasts a private cinema and a library for guests – the perfect way to relax after a long day of biking!
What to eat
The hotel prides itself on using fresh, locally sourced ingredients to create mouth-watering dishes, so it isn’t any surprise that it has been listed in the Michelin Guide since 2010. Be sure to try out the incredible Welsh lamb rump.