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National Obesity Awareness Week

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12 January 2018

This week is National Obesity Awareness Week, let’s find out the top 10 activities you can experience here in Snowdonia. Why not plan ahead and designate a couple of weekends every month this year to get outside and get active! It will improve your health and wellbeing while enjoying some of the breathtaking scenery Snowdonia has to offer . . .

  1. Starting with the obvious, there are approximately 1,500 miles of footpaths in Snowdonia for all ages and abilities, approximately the same distance from our offices in Penrhyndeudraeth to Marrakesh as the crow flies. Visit our ‘Walking’ section on our website to take advantage of our new grading system and find a route that would be suitable for you.

  2. Snowdonia is an International Dark Sky Reserve which means the quality of our dark skies is outstanding. There is a growing number of activities that can enhance your enjoyment and understanding of the night to get involved such as nocturnal bird watching and even star-lit paddle boarding! Take a look at some exciting evening opportunities for you to take advantage of in 2018.

  3. Fishing is not the most active sport in the world but it is still an opportunity to get outside to enjoy the fresh air and maybe catch a bit of dinner at the same time! We offer a course on fly fishing at our study centre in Plas Tan y Bwlch, why not join a few other enthusiasts for a few days under the guidance of our expert tutors?

  4. If a family day out is what you’re after why not venture down to the south of the park? The coast from Llandecwyn to Aberdyfi is nearly all part of the National Park and there are numerous spots for a fun day out for the little ones on a nice spring or summer afternoon. Park at Morfa Dyffryn and access the beach via the boardwalk, pack yourself a picnic and some toys and there will be plenty of time to admire the Llŷn Peninsula coast down to Aberystwyth and maybe even as far as Ireland on a clear day!

  5. Cycling is a popular sport in Snowdonia. The park is home of the Eryri Etape and numerous other bike races. The area is also becoming a hot spot for downhill mountain cycling, with UK competitions being held at nearby Blaenau Ffestiniog and of course the well-known cycling routes at Coed y Brenin, you can always rent bikes here if you don’t own one.

  6. Wild camping is also on the rise in Snowdonia and could be a great way to incorporate a walk and some night sky activities into your weekend. National Parks welcome wild camping, as long as you act responsibly and leave no trace of your visit. It is vital that you plan a wild camp before hand and ask a landowner’s permission if you’re not planning to camp on common land. More information can be found here.

  7. Snowdonia is also becoming the go-to place for adrenalin junkies. Surf Snowdonia, Zip World and Bounce Below are great examples of good exercise mixed with a fun day out, why not see what other similar attractions are in the area and have a go at one of them this year.

  8. For the more adventurous, climbing may be for you! Whatever level of experience there is something for everyone, be it a high tree top adventure, indoor climbing walls or outside bouldering, you will find it here.

  9. Water sports are popular in Snowdonia, especially during the summer months. Whether you enjoy rafting, kayaking, sailing or even swimming there is something here for everyone. The Bala area has a wealth of activities at Canolfan Tryweryn and Llyn Tegid which are within reasonable distance of each other.

  10. To end how about getting in the saddle and doing a bit of horse riding, the elevation will give you a different view of your surroundings to enjoy the tranquillity and fresh air along some of Snowdonia’s bridleways. Whatever you choose to do, let’s make this year an active one!

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