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Posted on 09/05/2018 by David

This blog was originally published in August 2016 but has been updated for 2018... get your running shoes on! 

Summer is fast approaching and many of us are trying frantically to get into shape. Sometimes it helps to have a goal in mind and there's little better to motivate you than a serious challenge.

Whether you're inspired by the homegrown athletes who've enjoyed so much success in international competition in recent years or just want to prove to yourself 'I can do it', here's a round-up of challenges in North Wales 2018. 

Combined with a holiday cottage stay, these challenges make the perfect active getaway to North Wales.

1. Get Running! – Snowdon

Of course, you don’t actually have to run the 3,560 feet of Snowdon, but if you’re up to the challenge, there’s no better feeling when reaching the summit.

Each year, there are organised races up Snowdon, so if you’re a keen runner, and have competed in races before, this could be the next race for you.

Walking up Snowdon is also a great way to enjoy the different views from each stage of the walk, and if fresh country air is what you’re looking for, Snowdon offers this in abundance! 

Once you’ve completed the challenge, head to a country pub for a hearty home-cooked meal and then head back to your cosy country cottage for an evening of relaxation before heading out on your next adventure!

2. Go Wild! – open water swimming 14763889229 65F089f30d Z

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If you’re looking for something to get your blood pumping - jumping into a cold lake will definitely do that! 

Open water swimming is becoming increasingly popular with swimmers, triathletes and the like, and there are many places in North Wales where open water swimming is allowed, such as Llyn Eiddew beach and Rhaeadr Mawddach.

Be sure to dig your wetsuit out – otherwise you’re in for a chill! Why not spend a week trying out different wild swims with a group of friends, from lakes to rivers to beaches? There’s no doubt this getaway will get your adrenaline pumping.

3. All aboard! – kayaking & canoeing Kayak 798009 960 720

Hopping into a kayak or canoe can offer a whole different view of North Wales, allowing you to visit some of the less accessible areas on offer.

Whether you’re going in head first and taking to the rapids or prefer a more casual paddle, there are plenty of areas to give kayaking or canoeing a go from the National White Water Rafting Centre to Plas Menai.

Why not hire a cottage as a base, allowing you to try out several different water sports?

4. Fasten Your Laces! – triathlon

Whether you love taking part in triathlons as a way to raise money for charity, to beat your PB, or you’ve been inspired by Team GB, if you’re gearing up in search of the next triathlon, look no further.

North Wales is home to some of the toughest triathlons including Snowdonia Slateman, Anglesey Sand Man and the FFIT Conwy Llandudno sea triathlon which includes a thrilling sea swim.

After these events you’ll need a few days to recover – what better way than relaxing and enjoying the food and drink that North Wales has to offer? Go on – you deserve it!

5. Get Pedalling! - cycling/mountain biking

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Exploring North Wales by bike is one of the best ways to see all the beautiful sites. Each journey will offer you something different to see or do.

From cliffs to lakes, mountains to aqueducts, forest to roads, there’s a lifetime of things to see in North Wales. Whether you want to get out and about on a tough mountain ride or a family-friendly cycle route – there’s hundreds of great routes just waiting for you! Get your bike rack on and head to North Wales for your active getaway!

Try something new in 2018

Try something new this year! Whether your aim is to pick something up as a hobby or become more advanced – give it a go.

North Wales offers a whole range of outdoor (and indoor) activities, spend a week in the area; make a list of things you want to try whilst you’re visiting and see how many you can tick off.

From isolated mountain retreats to contemporary coastal pads, browse our range of cottages here

And if your thirst for adventure isn't quenced yet, why not take a look at our blog about adrenalin fuelled activities in North Wales?