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Wales the Wondrous

Take Wales in at you own pace from the comfort of your VW camper van. From bog snorkeling and white water rafting to sky diving and coasteering, Wales has so much to offer when it comes to outdoor pursuits, not to mention beautiful scenery, an intriguing history and rich culture.

With plenty of mountains, valleys, national parks and breath taking coastline to explore Wales is ideal for life in a VW camper van, parking up whenever you fancy, stretching your legs and breathing in the fresh air. 

A healthy annual rain fall allows for some great water based sports including white water rafting in Bala, canoeing and kayaking in west Wales or scuba diving in Pembrokeshire. If you're more of a 'dry land' type of person there's a whole host of terrestrial activities too. With the freedom to drive to your next location with everything you need in-tow, a combination of activities within the day is achievable. 

For keen hikers and avid climbers Snowdonia national park is host to the highest point in Wales and second highest in the British Isles after big Ben Nevis in the Scottish Highlands. Mount Snowdon has an elevation of 1085 meters above sea level and some exceptional views for those fit enough to climb it. For those who prefer the easy way up a steep hill, there is a leisure train all the way to the top so you don’t miss out on those stunning views. Bring your granny, a bottle of pop and a high resolution camera to capture the magic.

Take a walk through time by exploring the awesome fossil rich cliffs of Llantwit Major. What better way to spend an afternoon than an exhilarating hunt for ammonites, gastropods and more of palaeontology’s treasures in such a picturesque place. No promises, but the weather is usually pretty favourable too. Don’t forget your sunnies.

Extraordinary coastline means more than gorgeous views and rare fossils, Wales has some of the best surfing spots in Britain. Whether you are semi-pro or semi-terrible there’s a beach and a wave to suit you. Langland Bay may be a good starting point for people with balancing issues whilst Porthcawl, Newgale and Hells Mouth might give the more experienced surfers a challenging ride. By parking up beach side, you can hop out of the sea and into your comfort zone with a warm towel and massive mug of hot chocolate to warm your bones. 

If you enjoy getting down and dirty, Llanwrtyd Wells is the place for you. Bog snorkeling is all the rave there and attracts competitors from all over the world. Being the smallest town in lovely Wales, this is the perfect spot for camping if you want to avoid the manic rush for limited accommodation but still enjoy the wonders of the bogs and bog loving people. These dark, spongey hollows of Wales support a unique and beautiful flora and fauna, and although you may not see much below the level of bog water, there’s plenty above to capture your imagination.

Pioneered by the Welsh, coasteering is a blend of rock-hopping, shore-scrambling, swell-riding, cave-exploring and cliff-jumping for an unmissable aquatic adventure. Fun for all the family, get your kicks from this exciting activity whilst taking in the beauty of your surroundings.

Like something straight out of Lord of the Rings, Dan-yr-Ogof is a cave experience like no other. With three enormous caverns gloriously lit up to illuminate the beauty of this karst wonder, a visit here is well worth while. Stepping into this eerie underground world will make you appreciate the wonders of nature from the bottom up. As if it needed anything else to make it more alluring, this destination is also home to a bad ass dinosaur park, an actual Iron Age village, a Shire Horse Centre and a museum. Dan-yr-Ogof is the perfect combination of fun and education with a generous dollop of nature’s finest calcium carbonate formations. 

Make swansea your next stop. What better way to view this beautiful coastal city than from the air! Skydive through the clouds to get a bird’s eye view and an adrenaline rush that will make your heart do summersaults. 

Whatever your interests, budget or bucket list goals, exploring Wales in a VW camper van will leave you with a massive smile on your face and a skip in your step.