OFF-COURSE AT­TRAC­TIONS

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Whether trav­el­ling solo, with a part­ner or all the fam­ily, north Wales has plenty to keep ev­ery­one busy away from the golf course.

The num­ber one ac­tiv­ity in the area, if you are mod­er­ately fit, is to walk to the sum­mit of Mount Snow­don, the high­est moun­tain in Wales stand­ing 1,085 me­tres above sea level. You can hike up one of six routes (rang­ing in dis­tance and dif­fi­culty) and come down an­other, or hike up and take the Snow­don Moun­tain Rail­way back down.

North Wales is also mak­ing a name for it­self in the world of ad­ven­ture ac­tiv­i­ties. On the flanks of Snow­do­nia Na­tional Park, Zip World’s Ve­loc­ity at Pen­ryhn Slate Quarry in Bethesda, is the world’s fastest zip line and the long­est in Europe with two 150-me­tre high cour­ses that en­able rid­ers to ex­ceed 161 km/h, while Zip World’s Ti­tan at Llech­wedd Slate Cav­erns in Blae­nau Ffes­tin­iog of­fers Europe’s first four-per­son line – per­fect for thrill seek­ing fam­i­lies.

An­other ma­jor at­trac­tion in the re­gion is the nar­row gauge her­itage Ffes­tin­iog Moun­tain Rail­way (the old­est in­de­pen­dent rail­way com­pany in the world run by vol­un­teers), which is roughly 20km long and runs from Porth­madog to the slate min­ing town of Blae­nau Ffes­tin­iog, trav­el­ling through forested and moun­tain­ous coun­try­side.

Wales is blessed with cas­tles (there are over a 100 still stand­ing, ei­ther as ru­ins or re­stored build­ings), and spec­tac­u­larly sited 13th-cen­tury Har­lech Cas­tle is a must-visit in the north-west re­gion. After ex­plor­ing this World Her­itage site, al­low some time to build your own cas­tle with the kids on Har­lech Beach sit­u­ated be­yond the dunes at Royal St. David’s Golf Club. www.vis­it­wales.com

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