Don’t mess with the mountains
When Huge Grant decided that a Welsh mountain was really just a hill in
‘The Englishman Who Went Up a Hill But Came Down a Mountain’ he caused a stir amongst the Welsh villagers who are proud of their mountainous landscape, formed during the Ice Age.
This new initiative stems from the country’s invention of coasteering. This variant on trekking consists of travelling along the coast by diving, climbing, exploring caves and abseiling between the rocks. Wales has the perfect landscape for it, with its rough and wild coastline. The whole country is a paradise for adventure sports, thanks to its rugged hills and 15 peaks that are over 300 feet high (915 metres). This type of tourist activity employs over 8,200 people.
“Adventure tourism is really booming here”, says Sean Taylor, managing director of Zip World, the longest zip-line in Europe and the fastest in the world. Up to four people at once can fly over the moors of the mining town of Blaenau Ffestiniog, in the Gwynedd area. In its underground slate mines you can also jump on giant trampolines and cross the caves, illuminated by multi-coloured lights, by networks of paths or by toboggan.