The Valleys
New Experiences

New Experiences

Are you up for a challenge? A visit to The Valleys will give you loads of opportunities to "try something new" - so make this year when you accept the challenge! Here are a few ideas:

1. Join a Master Class at The Chef’s Room

Discover some of the secrets of the TV Chefs at The Chef’s Room fish and cookery school  Blaenavon, winner of The Best Cookery School in Wales (British Cookery School Awards 2012 and 2013). Have a go at fresh pasta and gnochi or Asian street food - and taste the results of your labour!! www.thechefsroom.co.uk

2. Get on your bike and explore the Valleys

Across the Valleys there are over 400kms of safe, off road cycling where you can once again get back on your bike and enjoy the wind in yoru hair - ideally taking your family with you - all without the fear of traffic. The routes often follow former tramsways, railways and canals and so pick up on may of the heritage and country parks that fill The Valleys - so it might not be a new experieince - but it will be a joy to get back and relive it!! www.sustrans.org.uk/wales

3. Glamping, foraging and coracle making

How does this sound for restoring the yin and yang: head off foraging around woodland, meadows and hills of the secluded Llynfi Valley; return to camp and cook your finds; relax under the stars in the evening, snuggled in fluffy sheepskins in an authentic Nomad yurt from Mongolia. Luxury!www.cwmtawel.org.uk

4. Enjoy a high tee

There is loads of great golf in the Valleys; the West Monmouthshire Club is one to definitley tick off your list as the 14th tee is the highest in the UK at 1,518ft above sea level. Great golf, Great views and a Great welcome! www.westmongolfclub.co.uk

5. Step into thin air from the Blorenge

Yes, simply step off the mountain and fly - as long as you have a tandem paraglider and a qualified instructor! The Valleys has some of the best UK flying - brilliant views and great access. www.paraventure.co.uk

6. Walk behind a waterfall

Just like a child’s adventure storybook, you can walk behind a waterfall in Waterfall Country. A footpath runs behind the graceful, if thunderous, Sgwd yr Eira (Fall of Snow) - make sure you have suitable footwear and clothing and maybe call at Penderyn Whiskey on the way back to warm up! Discover more.

7. Whip some wax

Follow in the footsteps of Kirstie Allsopp (Channel 4’s Kirstie’s Homemade Home), and try your hand at candle making at 17th century Gelligroes Mill, Blackwood. Learn how to dip ’n’ twist and dip ’n’ carve, and even decorate your candle to take home! www.candlemakers.co.uk

8. Have a flutter at Britain’s newest racecourse

Ffos Las Racecourse, Trimsaran, Britain’s first new National Hunt course in 80 years, is a great place to have a flutter on the horses. Join the friendly racegoers in the beautiful Gwendraeth Valley - a great excuse to dress up! www.ffoslasracecourse.com

9. Get rockin’ at Rock UK Summit Centre

Cis climbing on your list of things to try? Then join a course at Rock UK Summit Centre, Trelewis and learn the basics for a new hobby that challenges you brain as well as your physique! There are over 180 routes up the indoor climbing wall as well as manmade caving system and bouldering area - all on the site of the Trelewis Drift Mine - now a Country Park. www.adventures.rockuk.org/centres/summit-centre

10. Do and dare at Dare Valley Country Park

If you are still looking for more challenges then Dare Valley Country Park is the place to go - with canoeing or kayaking, archery or orienteering, mountain biking or camp crafts, or… arrange any of lots of bespoke activity breaks from 500-acre site. You can even stay on site to get the most from your visit. www.darevalleycountrypark.co.uk