3 alternative Welsh adventures

2016 is officially billed by Visit Wales as the Year of Adventure, which means if you’re planning to visit this part of the UK you’ll be spoilt for choice for activities that will get your heart rate up.

But if the idea of whizzing over quarries on the world’s fastest zip wire or a wintry dip in the ocean while coasteering pushes your limits, there are plenty of other things to do in Wales that belong on every bucket list. 

Here are three ways in which you can #FindYourEpic.

For foodies: Cockles and laverbread

Cockles and laverbread at Swansea Market. Photo by Chef Mark Tafoya (@ChefMark).

Forget leek soup and Welsh rarebit; if you really want to have a culinary adventure, get your teeth into some seafood.

For an authentic experience, head to the Penclawdd produce market, which occurs on the third Saturday morning of every month. This area of the Gower peninsula is famous as the home of cockle picking - a bustling industry since Roman times. To complete your breakfast shopping list, be sure to pick up laverbread aka Welsh caviar and some Welsh bacon.

Swansea Indoor Market is another great spot for tasting and food shopping, and if you’re in the area in July, be sure to add the Cardigan Bay Seafood Festival to your itinerary.

For spectators: Bogsnorkelling

A snorkelling sheep in a bog. Photo from Green Events, organisers of all that is wacky in these parts. 

A snorkelling sheep in a bog. Photo from Green Events, organisers of all that is wacky in these parts. 

Sure, you could watch one of the world’s great rugby nations pass an egg-shaped ball around, but why do that when you can watch people traversing a bog using only flipper power to propel themselves forward?

That’s right, bog snorkelling is a thing. And it’s a thing many people take pretty seriously. It’s a great spectator sport? event? comedy show? and the World Championship takes place near Llanwetyd Wells on the August bank holiday every year.

The day before, competitors can also try their hand at a bogsnorkelling triathlon and mountain bike bogsnorkelling.

You won’t be surprised to hear that the idea of bogsnorkelling was conceived over a few pints at a pub in the local area, some 40 years ago.

For romantics: Pop the question

The breathtaking Llanddwyn Island. Go on, take the plunge! (Photo from Wales Online)

The breathtaking Llanddwyn Island. Go on, take the plunge! (Photo from Wales Online)

Ready to embark on the adventure of love forever? Then whisk your paramour away to Llanddwyn Island on the west coast of Anglesey. Home to the Welsh patron saint of lovers, St Dwynden, this is the perfect place to pop the question. It’s a leap year, after all!

Llanddwyn Island is an extension of the Newborough Nature Reserve and an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. You can take your pick of a number of fantastic beaches - perfect for a romantic picnic.

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