You can do all of these things if you dare to venture to Pembrokeshire for a session of coasteering.
My wife and I went for a compromise of the adrenaline junkie and scenic views adventure and we found both in equal quantities. We stayed In a small B&B near St David’s and visited the Cathedral for a little calm before the following mornings storm. It is well worth the visit.
The next morning we arrived with little expectation of what the day had in stall for us, but the briefing soon sorted that out. While we were told of the Cliff jumping, climbing, scrambleling and swimming that we would be doing we changed into wetsuits and safety gear. Before we knew it, we were making our way down to the Pembrokeshire National Park coastline starting with the easy tasks of cliff climbing and long jumps into the sea. As the day progressed, we tried such landmarks as the washing machine, the quarry jump, the angled run and the toilet (not to be missed). Three to four hours later, we were back in the lodge warming ourselves with a cup of tea and chasers laughing with the rest of our group.
Some of the route was real edge of you wetsuit stuff, especially as there was a good swell while we were there. However, there were options at all stages to suit all abilities, Lower jumps if you like, or for the more enthusiastic in our group a chance to practice your Bear Grillis style back flip off a cliff.
Give it a try as it will not limit your adventure time to just one activity and you can be there and back in a weekend.
If you’re looking for a Festival without the mud and with all the best bands then why not go to Belgium? Travel is easier and just as quick as getting to most of the UK festivals. Book the Eurostar (it only cost me £70 last year) and you can relax until you get into Brussels. The rest of the travel is free with your festival ticket. So no worries about your carbon footprint!
It seems all the decent bands split between the UK festivals meet up in Belgium for one big event. Rock Werchter has won the ILMC Arthur Award for the four times in the last five years demonstrating that things are much more organized and as a bonus there is better chance of avoiding the rain.
Give it a go and you will be going back year after year.
Fly to Nimes from Stansted. Hire a car and stay at Atelier des Granges. This is officially a backpackers place, but has double rooms and is a great place for a family. It is also like staying in an art gallery.
One of the best places I have stayed, ever. Very friendly and helped us with the locals and food and great views of the village church on the cliff opposite.
One of the best action adventure trips and at a really low cost you will not regret it. Book it now and do it just before the season opens.
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