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. 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 your hair - ideally taking your family with you - all without the fear of traffic. The routes often follow former tramways, railways and canals and pick up on the heritage of The Valleys. Getting on your bike may not be a new experience - but it will be a joy to get back on your bike and to relive it! www.sustrans.org.uk/ncn/map
2. 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
3. Enjoy a high tee
There is loads of great golf in the Valleys; the West Monmouthshire Golf Club is one to 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!
4. 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! Or standing on water - on a stand up paddle board. Loads of great experiences are offered by the trained instructors at Parc Bryn Bach.
5. 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! Here are a couple of routes that you can follow!
6. Get rockin’ at Rock UK Summit Centre
Is climbing on your list of things to try? Then join a course at Rock UK Summit Centre 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 Parc Taf Bargoed.
7. 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 a bespoke activity break across the 500-acre park. You can even stay on the camp/caravan site or the recently refurbished hotel to get the most from your visit.