If you want to get your adrenaline pumping, there are so many ways to do that these days.
Recently, I did 4 adrenaline-fuelled activities in North Wales that you may or may not have thought about doing. I have listed them according to what I consider to be the least to the most extreme, but you can be the judge of that.
1. Rib Ride on the Menai Strait
A ride in a rib (Rigid Inflatable Boat) on the Menai Strait (a narrow stretch of water that separates the Isle of Anglesey from mainland Wales) with RibRide is both interesting and exciting. It's interesting because you get a guided tour of the strait and learn a bit about its history and some points of interest. It's exciting because you will experience some fast, tight turns. By tight, I mean you will literally be on your side at times and up in the air at other times.
2. Mountain Biking in Snowdonia
If you like being on two wheels, Snowdonia, the largest National Park in Wales could be the place for you. One option is to start your mountain bike adventure in the picturesque village of Betws y Coed. It is home to the famous Marin Route; a challenging 25km ride through the beautiful Gwydir Forest, 1km north of the village. You can hire all the relevant equipment such as a bike and helmet in the village at Beics Betws, as we did, as well as provide advice on the best routes and tracks.
3. Fly down the fastest zipline in the world
Depending on how you feel about heights, this could be the most extreme. Nontheless, it is definitely one of the most exhilarating activities I've ever done. I had ziplined twice before, so I thought I knew what I was in for - wrong! It is very different to any ziplining I have ever seen and experienced. That's because, with this zipline, you fly like a bird. Really, I'm not kidding. The staff at Zip World do their best to make sure each person is as aerodynamic as possible. Once you have all the safety equipment on, you lie flat on your front, suspended in the air by a harness. Depending on your weight (yes, they weigh you), weights might be added or you will be instructed to stretch your arms out to the side, like a bird. Then, once all the safety checks have been completed, on the count of 3 you fly, literally, over the valley below. It's an incredible experience.
There are two ziplines. The second is the fastest zipline in the world. When I did it, I reached a speed of over 95kms per hour. I was told that was a conservative estimate. That is really fast, I'm sure you would agree, but it's not the fastest.
4. Coasteering on the Isle of Anglesey
This is probably the craziest activity of all as it involves jumping into and swimming in the Irish Sea as well as climbing and scrambling along the rocks. You might be surprised to know that this is an all-year round activity in North Wales. Of all the times I spent crossing the Irish Sea on a ferry, I would never have believed that I would actually willingly jump into and swim around the Irish Sea in March.
The experienced guides at Surf Lines tailor the activity to the group and the weather. Because of the time of year, we were given two wetsuits because the water was so cold. That helped enormously. This will definitely get your blood flowing and your heart pumping. It's a must for anyone who loves water-based activities and is up for anything. Incidentally, this is the fastest growing adventure sport in the UK.
Bring a towel, swimwear, a change of clothes, and a spare pair of shoes that you are happy to wear in the sea.
Which one of these adrenaline-fuelled activities would you like to try?
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