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The activities listed here are mostly within about a half hour drive of Cadair View Lodge

Stay with us if you want to try these activities

Note - it is best to contact these providers before your stay to check availability

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Bird Watching
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See the Ospreys near Porthmadog.  RSPB viewing point and webcam so the you can see into the nest.  See our What's On page for more information and directions

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Visit the RSPB centre at Penmaenpool to watch the wildlife on the Afon Mawddach.  Although the manned visitor centre is now closed there is still a viewpoint which is a great place to watch the wildlife on the estuary.

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Pied Flycatchers are Summer visitors to the 50 nesting boxes in the oakwoods of Maentwrog Nature reserve.  See Huw Jenkins' video

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See what's been spotted recently in Gwynedd by looking at this site.

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Sit on the veranda at your cabin and watch the birds.  We try to keep the bird feeders full - but at times it hard work.  In the summer listen for the cuckoos in the woods, watch for buzzards soaring in the late afternoon and all year round there are lots of owls at night.  Recent visitors have seen our nuthatches at the feeders too.

Bushcraft
bulletNew for 2010.  Full or half days covering building shelters, fire lighting, wild foods, axemanship and using hunting knives!  Contact Adventure Activities Snowdonia

Canoeing/Rafting

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Speak to Snowdonia Adventures or see leaflet at Cadair View Lodge.

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Off Limits Mountaineering run Canadian Canoeing activities a short drive away from Cadair View Lodge.  See leaflet at Cadair View Lodge

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White Water Rafting is available at Canolfan Tryweryn near Bala

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Take the whole family (over 8's only) for a day's Canadian Canoeing or build a raft with Outward Bound.  See leaflet at Cadair View Lodge.

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Also at Bala Adventure and Watersports Centre Leaflet available at Cadair View Lodge

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Also at Adventure Activities Snowdonia

Canyoning

What's "canyoning"?  Canyoning has become popular in the last few years.  The activity involves following deep river ravines, tumbling with the river, sliding down waterfalls and gulleies into deep pools below.
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Adrenalin Antics based at Trawsfynydd Lake - check out their Big Canyon Adventure or, if you dare, the Adrenalin Junkie Day!!

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Speak to Snowdonia Adventures

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Also at Adventure Activities Snowdonia

Climbing

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Adrenalin Antics based at Trawsfynydd Lake - rock climbing and abseiling

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North Wales Climbers is a adventure company run by Ian McNeill offering a range of land based and waters edge based active adventure adventures in Snowdonia.

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Beacon climbing centre  Has 100+ climbs to 12m high, a dedicated beginners' area and extensive bouldering.

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Speak to Snowdonia Adventures or see leaflet at Cadair View Lodge.

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Off Limits Mountaineering offer tuition, half and full day rock climbing experiences a short drive away from Cadair View Lodge. See leaflet at Cadair View Lodge.

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Also at Bala Adventure and Watersports Centre  See leaflet at Cadair View Lodge

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Equipment available from Climb8 in Harlech

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Heng Genting Mountain Adventures - Climbing, Navigation and Walking

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Seren Ventures - From skills courses to guided mountainwalks and adventure activities, they aim to help you get more out of your mountain days.

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Also at Adventure Activities Snowdonia

Coasteering
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Similar to canyoning, coasteering involves negotiating a route along the rockas above the sea.  Following the edge of cliffs, swimming between rocky outcrops and sometimes jumping from height into pools.  Available from Adventure Activities Snowdonia

Cycling
bulletWe are on Sustrans National Cycle Route 8
Events
bullet Here's a list of events that are planned locally which may make you want to visit us.
Fell Running
bulletLook for local events on the Events Page
bulletNew running trail in Coed y Brenin - watch this space for more details
Fishing
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See our fishing in Snowdonia information

Golf
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There are at least 11 golf courses within an hour's drive of Cadair View Lodge.  See the details here

Horse riding/Pony Trekking
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Porthmadog Activity Centre provide treks and riding lessons across their own farmland.  BHS qualified.  Suitable for everyone aged over 4 years and weighing up to 14 stone.  Operates all year around.

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Bwlchgwyn Farm Pony Trekking Centre near Fairbourne - Estuary and beach rides available for both novice and experienced riders.

LARP
bulletFor the uninitiated this stands for Live Action Role Play!  We are in the process of setting ourselves up ready to accept groups of LARPers!  We have a number of land owners willing to allow LARPers to use their land, and, of course, we have accommodation here. Contact us if you are interested in bringing a group.
Mountain Biking
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Coed y Brennin is a popular location see Parcnet, mtbBritain and mtbWales

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Speak to Snowdonia Adventures or see leaflet at Cadair View Lodge

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Also at Bala Adventure and Watersports Centre Leaflet available at Cadair View Lodge

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For guided rides and mountain bike training (at all levels) see Snow Bikers website

Nature Reserves
bullet Rhinog National Nature Reserve
Navigation Training
bullet North Wales Climbers is a adventure company run by Ian McNeill offering a range of land based and waters edge based active adventure adventures in Snowdonia.
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Seren Ventures - From skills courses to guided mountainwalks and adventure activities, they aim to help you get more out of your mountain days.

Nordic Walking
bulletWhat is Nordic Walking?  Contact the local walk leader and qualified instructor, Catrin Roberts (01766 830568 / 07900615380) for details of the next local walk.
Off Road Driving Experience
bulletDrive Land Rovers off-road on this accredited course.  More details
Orienteering
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Speak to Snowdonia Adventures or see leaflet at Cadair View Lodge

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New orienteering course in Coed y Brenin.  Watch this space for more information.

Paintball
bulletThere is now a 30 acre paint ball site in the area.  Check out Dragon Raiders Paintball Park All sizes and ages of party catered for over several different game scenarios.
Photography
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"Hands-on" digital photography workshops and an introduction to Adobe Photoshop/Elements can be provided by Learnphotography.co.uk.  These residential courses are based at our lodges.

Rope Courses and Trapeze
bulletThere are other ropes courses in Snowdonia but GoApe is just 5 minutes drive from Cadair View Lodge.  Cadair View Lodge guests receive 20% discount
bulletRide the longest zip line in Europe at ZipWorld at Bethesda.  A 2 - 3 hour adventure including tour.  See their website for height and age restrictions (9 years old and over I believe)
Sailing
bullet Try Bala Adventure and Watersports Centre Leaflet available at Cadair View Lodge
Shopping
bullet We all need a little "retail therapy" at times.  Here are some suggestions of places to visit.
Surf Kiting
bullet Climb8 in Harlech
bulletWannabe's in Barmouth (01341 280820)
Underground Exploration
bulletExplore underground passages and huge chambers left by slate quarrying.  Underground abseiling also available.  Contact Go Below Underground Adventures
Walking
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Walking in our area details of places to walk and walks to download

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Walk2Unwind is a new innovative guided walking business led by Gail Edgley.  Walks are tailored to the individual and are designed to relax, restore and recharge you.  Women only walks arranged.

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Adrenalin Antics based at Trawsfynydd Lake - full or half day walks to suit your requirements

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What better way of seeing Snowdonia than on foot.  There are endless foot paths to try, to suit all fitness and experience levels, full day or an hour long, well known or off the beaten track.  Ask us for suggestions or to borrow local maps and guides books.

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For information about walking in Snowdonia including downloadable routes, weather, webcams and great photos have a look at Snowdonia Eryri Walking's website

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Walk the local part of The Cistercian Way

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If you'd rather have a knowledgeable guide with you on the mountains try Stone Adventures who have fully qualified and insured guides.  They can also offer instruction in navigation, GPS use, etc.

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Heng Genting Mountain Adventures - Climbing, Navigation and Walking

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Seren Ventures - From skills courses to guided mountain walks and adventure activities, they aim to help you get more out of your mountain days.

Windsurfing
bullet Try Bala Adventure and Watersports Centre Leaflet available at Cadair View Lodge
Zip World
bulletRide the longest zip line in Europe at ZipWorld at Bethesda.  A 2 - 3 hour adventure including tour.  See their website for height and age restrictions (9 years old and over I believe)
For other activities try
bullet SearchInWales.com an independent Welsh based search engine for Welsh based web sites. Local links for local people.
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Last Minute Wales also have links to various activities

This information has been carefully researched but we cannot accept responsibility for any mistakes or omissions.

Thank you to all of the leaflet writers whose information I have borrowed to promote their ventures.

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