2016 was promoted by Visit Wales as the Year of Adventure focusing on adventures great and small, adrenaline soaked or a little calmer.  In and around Barmouth there are many ways to explore new skills, test your nerve or be awed by a new perspective on an old view.

Stand up paddleboarding (SUP) is the fastest growing water sport in the world and is a great fun outdoor activity for all the family! There is just something special about skimming along on the water, taking in the scenery standing up rather than sitting down low in a kayak or canoe.

Because of its position at the mouth of the beautiful Mawddach estuary with its two pretty harbours and long, safe sandy beach, Barmouth is a fantastic location to SUP for those looking for an introduction to the sport as well as those who are looking to take part in a guided SUP tour or SUP adventure.

SUP Barmouth are affiliated with Merioneth Yacht Club in Barmouth Harbour so they have the use of the club’s changing rooms, showers and toilets for their guests as well as the club bar over-looking the harbour to watch all the action.

They have a variety of stand up paddleboarding experiences available. For those who wish to discover the thrill of SUP then Barmouth is a great place to learn! SUP Barmouth provide all the kit and they cater for all ages and abilities – no previous experience is necessary.

Further afield from Barmouth there are many other opportunities for adventure.

  • Snowdonia Adventure Activities can take you rock climbing, abseiling, canoeing, canyoning, gorge scrambling or mountain biking.

  • Zip World has the longest, fastest, biggest zip wires in Europe. Zip World Titan allows you to ride four at a time, Zip World Velocity is the fastest and longest, Zip World Caverns takes you underground and introduces ladders and tunnels and rope bridges.  And if that’s all too much then try Bounce Below for giant trampolines and slides suspended in the old slate caverns. New for 2017 is an Alpine Coaster at Zip World Fforest.

  • Surf Snowdonia has a world first inland surf lagoon providing a two metre wave that rises in the centre of the lagoon and peels perfectly for 150 metres.

  • Mountain bikers can ride the various trails at Coed-y-Brenin or participate in the adrenaline pumping downhill trails at Antur Stiniog.


For something a bit less adrenaline fueled, why not explore the area by foot, horse or bike.

  • There are currently over 200 Geocaches within 10 miles of Barmouth – how many can you find?

  • Bring your bike, or hire one from Birmingham Garage and explore the old railway paths and hills.

  • Pony trekking from novice to experienced is available at Bwlch Gwyn Farm.


So much to do, and so little space to write about it…… come to Barmouth to create your own adventure.