photo: Ray Wood
Conwy photo: Ray Wood

Family Paddle Sports in North Wales

An essential part of any family holiday has to be the availability of water! If it’s just hanging out by a mountain stream or lake or by the sea kids will be happy – and grown up kids too! Add in a bit of sport for good measure and you have the perfect ingredients for a great day out. Bring your own equipment or hire. Teach yourself or take instruction. There’s plenty of choice.

For any kind of water activity Llyn Tegid by Bala is set amongst stunning scenery - add in the thrill of white water rafting on the Tryweryn nearby for a big adventure. The mountain lake of Llyn Padarn has sheltered lagoons of flat calm water to practice canoeing and kayaking. The wonderfully serene Llyn Geirionydd is tucked away in a very beautiful part of Snowdonia. During the summer months it becomes a popular site for watersports including canoeing and windsurfing. Power boats and waterskiing (but not jet skis) are also permitted here. Nant Gwynant is one of the prettiest places in Snowdonia and the central feature of the valley is the delightful Llyn Gwynant.

The miles of coastline surrounding North Wales also provide fantastic opportunities for watersports. Take your pick from Sea Kayaking, Sit-on-Tops, Surfing, Sailing or Stand Up Paddleboarding, Rib Rides, Coasteering & Kite Surfing - we've got the lot. Highlights include the sheltered bay of Rhoscolyn on Anglesey or the popular resort of Abersoch are just a few highlights. with the nearby amazing beach of Porth Neigl / Hells Mouth.

For those with a big need of adventure join in on a supervised trip under the watchful eye of a trained watersports instructor and live like Pocahontas paddling your Canadian canoe along the Conwy Estuary or a trip down the Mawddach from Penmaenpool to Barmouth.


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First Strokes

  • Llyn Padarn sits next to the popular tourist village of Llanberis at the foot of Snowdon. The surrounding landscape is spectacular and the views of the mountains are stunning. The lake itself is a great place to go for a paddle. Access is easy with plenty of parking (and picnic spots) in the lagoons area. There is a jetty here and a number of sheltered bays which stay sheltered on windy days.

photo: Ray Wood

Make a Splash

  • Llyn Tegid is situated amidst the dramatic mountain landscape of south eastern Snowdonia. The scenery here is stunning; indeed the view of the Arenig Mountains from the Llangower access point is particularly fine. At 6km long and 1km wide, this is the largest natural lake in Wales and reaches a depth of 43m.

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Salty Dog

  • The sheltered bay of Rhoscolyn on Anglesey is a great place to venture on to the sea for the first time. Don’t venture too far out of the bay or you’ll have more of an adventure than you bargained for.

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