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Outdoors in North Wales

The myth-rich mountains and valleys of North Wales were once a hive of mines and industry; now, this landscape is a playground for hikers, bikers and thrill-seekers.
Sunrise over Snowdonia National Park as seen from the summit of Snowdon

On water


On the site of an old aluminium factory in the Conwy Valley, Surf Snowdonia is perhaps the most headline-stealing example of North Wales’s reinvention as an outdoors adventure hub. This 300m inland lagoon generates the world’s longest surfable man-made waves. Learn to surf or try SUP (; Conway Rd, Dolgarrog; 8am– 11pm; surf lesson from £55).


Built in 1805, the Unesco-listed Pontcysyllte Aqueduct is the highest canal aqueduct ever built. Guided tours (£3) run from near the visitor centre; canal boats offer trips along the ‘stream in the sky’ from the nearby quay and from Llangollen wharf. Or you can freely stroll across. It’s four miles east of Llangollen (; visitor centre 10am–4pm Easter–Oct).

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In the June issue… We are heading to some of the world's most exciting cities. Discover the spirit of Havana through the eyes of five of its citizens, experience two sides to St Petersburg a century after revolution pitted tsars against Soviets, and touch down in two dozen more cities around the world, with new openings to find in places including Seattle, Johannesburg, Mexico City and Dublin. Our Great Escape this month is to the charmed coastline and stirring moors of South Devon, plus we also have a recipe-filled tour of Japan's best regional cuisine, and much more