Aberdovey

Aberdovey is set within Snowdonia National Park, an area of outstanding natural beauty, and is blessed with above-average sunshine hours and below average rainfall compared to the surrounding vicinity. With 4½ miles of sandy beach, sailing, water sports, hill walking, cycling, mountain climbing and horse riding, amongst many other attractions, there is abundant opportunity for the family or golfing party to base itself in the village and enjoy all the amenities of the locality. We've listed below a selection of activities in and around Aberdovey just as a taster...!

The Beach and Crabbing

Aberdovey beach, with it's Seaside Award, is one of the finest in Wales with perfect sand stretching for miles. You can walk for hours or perhaps just relax by the sand dunes with a picnic, even build a sandcastle or two! At one end there's the yatch club with the Lifeboat station then the beach sweeps west and north. As Aberdovey is a very popular place to sail and windsurf there's always something to see on the water from the beach.

While away the hours pitting your wits against the crabs with this very popular pastime. Grab a line, bait, bucket (filled with seawater) and a net and get down to the jetty! A couple of pointers - use bacon as bait and empty the bucket gently (and often) into the water by the jetty.

Golf

Situated between the coastal dunes of Aberdovey beach and the Cambrian Mountains lies Aberdovey golf course. This 6,502 yard challenge is a hidden gem of a traditional seaside links course is steeped in over 100 years of golfing history. An hour North from Aberdovey by road finds the excellent Championship links of Royal St David's in Harlech. A further 45 minutes from there brings you to Nefyn & District Golf Club.

KiteSurfing

Kite-surfing is a new, exciting, wind driven sport where a rider on a surf or wake-style board is pulled across the water by a large kite. It is one of the most radical board-sports ever and also one of the fastest growing sports in the world. Kite Surf Wales offer individual or group tuition in all aspects of kite-powered activities. From basic power-kite flying through to kite buggying, kite mountain-boarding and kite surfing. Kite-powered sports are easy to learn, yet can provide challenges for even the most ambitious.

Mountain Biking, Machynlleth (10 miles)

Waymarked routes of varying length and difficulty take you straight from the centre of town into fantastic mountain and valley scenery. With everything from mixed road and valley trails to long forestry climbs, traversing mountain singletrack and sketchy slate ravine descents on the longer routes there's something for every level of rider. The Dyfi forest to the north of the town offers excellent forestry free-riding too. See Snowdonia Mountains & Coast brochure for further details.

The Dyfi Osprey Project and RSPB Ynys-hir

The Dyfi Osprey Project - Derwenlas (13 miles) - Come and enjoy watching ospreys on the Cors Dyfi reserve. The Project, featured on BBC's Springwatch and Autumnwatch programmes, has a brand new hide equipped with high-powered telescopes and binoculars to watch the ospreys and the bird's behaviour can be viewed live on large plasma screens in the welcoming visitor centre. Cors Dyfi is rich in wildlife - ospreys apart, many other birds are to be found on the reserve together with a diversity of plants and flowers. Children enjoy seeing common lizards along the new boardwalk and the water buffalo, grazing on the reserve, provide an unusual and surprising extra attraction for visitors when they are spotted!

RSPB Wales - Ynys-hir (16 miles) - Welsh woodlands are a fantastic place to visit all the year round, but spring and summer months provide a real spectacle for birdwatchers. Many migratory birds arrive at the start of the breeding season to build their nests and feed their young on the varied woodland menu. RSPB Cymru carefully manages a number of reserves where woodland comprises some or all of the entire available habitat.

The Talyllyn Railway

The Talyllyn Railway is a historic narrow-gauge steam railway, set in the beautiful Mid-Wales countryside. Running from Tywyn to Abergynolwyn and Nant Gwernol, the line passes the delightful Dolgoch Falls and there are excellent forest walks at Nant Gwernol.

Centre for Alternative Technology

This is Europe's leading Eco-Centre and offers solutions to some of the most serious challenges facing our planet and the human race, such as climate change, pollution and the waste of precious resources. It demonstrates practical ways of addressing these problems. Leading by example, they aim to show that living more sustainably is not only easy to attain but can provide a better quality of life. They aim to address every aspect of the average lifestyle - the key areas worked in are renewable energy, environmental building, energy efficiency, organic growing and alternative sewage systems. The seven-acre display site includes exciting interactive displays that demonstrate the incredible power of wind, water and sun and has working examples of environmentally responsible buildings, energy conservation, organic growing and composting.

Corris Craft Centre and King Arthur's Labyrinth

Found deep beneath the mountains of southern Snowdonia in the village of Corris, King Arthur's Labyrinth is one of the most mysterious visitor attractions in Mid Wales. Join your hooded Dark Age boatman and sail underground, through a waterfall and back across a thousand years. Submersed in the darkest of the Dark Ages, enjoy tales of King Arthur and other ancient Welsh legends as you explore the dramatic underground caverns and winding tunnels of the Labyrinth. A fun day out for all the family whatever the weather.

At Corris Craft Centre you'll find a great collection of shops, attractions and activities to keep the whole family entertained for hours. Situated in Southern Snowdonia in Mid Wales the Corris Craft Centre boasts 9 individual Craft Studios - which are hexagonal shaped pods bursting with creativity - where you can meet the talented Designer-Makers and buy their handmade items. Perfect for finding a special something, inspired by, and handmade in Wales. There's lots of opportunities for hands-on fun too, a surprisingly great way to unwind and have some fun with your own clever creations to take home.