Welcome to Water Sports in West Wales, an information site from FBM Holidays, the premier holiday cottage provider.
Taking you to places where there’s just so much to see, do and enjoy – Combine all the come-and-go-as-you-please freedom of self-catering accommodation with a terrific location for a holiday property in West Wales and you have more than just a holiday – you have an unbeatable FBM Holiday! West Wales is one of the most glorious regions in Britain (if not the world) for its remarkable repertoire of fabulous beaches, magnificent coast and countryside, breathtakingly beautiful hills and mountains. This brief FBM Holidays guide to great watersports days out will help you find your way.
Water sports in Pembrokeshire
When you think of Pembrokeshire, the first fact that come to mind is its profusion of Blue Flag Beaches – more than then any other county in Wales. Then the sheer number of beaches accessible to the general public – over 50, together with this is the vast variety of watersports offered throughout the county. From coasteering to surfing, diving to fishing, sailing to water-skiing – Pembrokeshire has it all in buckets and spades. With experienced instructors on hand in all watersports and with conditions from beginner to expert, I don’t believe that there is not a watersport that is not available in Pembrokeshire.
Water sports in Carmarthenshire
From its source in the remote hills above Strata Florida Abbey to its estuary at Cardigan, the River Teifi cuts a winding and very scenic route through the Carmarthenshire landscape – and in the process provides many opportunities for exciting leisure and recreation. For example: Cenarth, a beauty spot famous for its falls, coracle museum and great salmon fishing, coasteering, raft building, caving, surfing and more (all at Llandysul Outdoor Education Centre); and canoeing and kayaking (at Heritage Canoes, Cilgerran). TYF Adventure at St David’s in Pembrokeshire (specialists in coasteering, kayaking and other testing challenges). Then there are the popular annual regattas and sailing events held on the Teifi estuary. See also Pembrey Country Park.
Water sports in Ceredigion
From the Teifi estuary near the snout to Pwllheli close to the tips of the ears, Cardigan Bay is the beach-rich band of coastline which helps give Wales its distinctive pig’s head shape on the map. No less than 60 miles of this golden coast lie in the county of Ceredigion – better known to generations of visitors and holidaymakers as Cardiganshire. Overlooking the beach at New Quay, where conditions for beginners are ideal and experienced watersport exponents can take themselves beyond the shelter of the headland for bigger challenges. The beautiful location is perfect for dinghy sailing; kayaking, windsurfing and powerboating, including RYA and AALA approved and regulated training courses (beginners to advanced). And there’s always a chance of spotting one of Cardigan Bay’s resident bottlenose dolphin in its natural habitat. There’s more watersports action at two towns on the River Teifi: Cilgerran and Llandysul Competitive events here are renowned as spectacles of skill and excitement. The freshwater of the Teifi and the saltwater of Cardigan Bay merge at the county town of Cardigan and form a wide estuary – a popular venue for annual regattas and sailing events, as are Aberystwyth (which boasts a marina), Aberaeron, New Quay and Tresaith. North of Aberystwyth, not far from the Dovey estuary is the long beach at Borth, which is establishing itself as a surfing attraction. Mid Wales too is a very good choice for watersports enthusiasts who enjoy boating, canoeing, diving, sailing, surfing, waterskiing and windsurfing.
Water sports in The Gower Peninsula and Swansea Bay
From first-class sports and leisure facilities such as Swansea’s Aquadome (swimming, and more) is an area guaranteed to leave you breathless with exciting possibilities – not to mention fishing, horseriding, walking and many other leisure pursuits and recreational activities. Gower’s rugged limestone cliffs towering above golden beaches and rocky coves present exciting challenges such as abseiling, climbing and coasteering. And Llangennith in Rhossili Bay is one of Britain’s premier surfing beaches, known for its awesome Atlantic break, and is also a favourite spot for canoeing and fishing. Other notable Gower action highlights include Caswell Bay (surfing, windsurfing, fishing, canoeing), Oxwich Bay (sailing, water-skiing, fishing, canoeing, windsurfing), Port Eynon (windsurfing, canoeing, boating), Rhossili beach (surfing, canoeing, hang-gliding, fishing), Langland Bay surfing, fishing), Bracelet Bay (canoeing, fishing, walking), Horton (watersports), Mumbles beach (recreation and watersports) and Swansea Bay (windsurfing, fishing, canoeing, sailing, water-skiing). And by virtue of the fact that some face south, some face east and others west, many of Gower’s long flat expanses of beach are ideal for windsurfing, kitesurfing and kitebuggying. Other opportunities, caving, powerboating and scuba diving – plus the fact that expert tuition is readily available from qualified specialists is on hand. Very popular annual events celebrating the great outdoors include Mumbles Open Regatta, South Wales Boat Show and Gower Catamaran Challenge.
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