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Posted on 09/08/2016 by David

North Wales is the perfect place for water sports enthusiasts. For those who love kayaking, there is no shortage of different rapids, lakes and estuaries to practice your cartwheels, flips and spins. Even if you’ve never done it before, but are inspired by the upcoming 2016 Olympics or Wales’ ‘Year of Adventure’ – North Wales has a variety of places to give it a go!

You may be asking where’s the best places to go kayaking? Well, we’ve done some research so you don’t have to! Here are the top 5 places for kayaking in North Wales…

1. Ty Nant, Llangollen

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Ty Nant has its very own kayaking school, and if you’re looking to do white water kayaking, it is one of the best places to go in North Wales. Whether you’ve never sat in kayak before, or you’re looking to develop your skills, the coaches at Ty Nant will help you to get the best out of your kayaking experience. This is also a great place to go as a group – an exciting treat for the family, perhaps? Ride the rapids, twist and brace until you’re hearts content! 

2. Bala Lake

Bala Lake (also known as Llyn Tegid) offers a little something for everyone. Depending on the weather, you can be faced with choppy waters which are sure to get your blood pumping if you’re a pro-kayaker and on calmer days the lake is ideal for beginners. Llyn Tegid is a large lake and allows for a real journey, with something different to see at every turn. Courses are available at the Bala watersports centre such as the 2-day introductory paddling qualification, but if you’re a complete newbie, a half-day or full-day course learning the basics, may be for you!

3. Colwyn Bay 

Colwyn Bay is a Blue Flag beach, meaning that it not only has great water quality but rate highly on their safety and access for all. Porth Eirias offers an incredible kayaking experience and is rife with watersports enthusiasts doing what they love most, a hive of activity! Kayak hire is available here and there’s a choice of single sit and double sit kayaks, which are great for those who are a little younger and need a helping hand paddling.

4. Llanddwyn Island, Anglesey

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If you’ve got your own kayak, Llanddwyn Island is a perfect spot to spend your days in and out of the sea. It is a popular destination for kite surfers and boats so keep an eye out for oncoming sea traffic, including seals!  Llanddwyn is located off the Isle of Anglesey, one of the most stunning coastal resorts in the UK and is close to many beautiful beaches, all of which have great conditions for kayaking (plus great fish and chips to warm you up after!). Why not spend a week testing them out and exploring all that Anglesey has to offer?

Tip from Sitons! Launch on a rising tide at Llanddwyn to avoid having to carry your kayak a long way back to your car.

5. Mawddach Estuary, Snowdonia

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Mawddach Estuary is one of the most stunning locations in Snowdonia, with a view of Cader Idris and Rhinogs. If you’re up for a challenge, head from Barmouth towards Dolgellau to get a mixture of choppy and smooth conditions. Why not stay in the area, enjoying the delightful kayaking locations and sampling some of the local restaurants such as Bwyty Mawddach, with views over the estuary - A real treat!

These are just 5 of the breathtaking, exciting, kayaking destinations in North Wales. Why not take a week to explore all that North Wales has for kayakers? Take a look at our beach-side cottages, perfect for relaxing after a busy day of paddling!

What is your favourite place to go kayaking? Let us know in the comments below…