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Experience the great outdoors and explore the hundreds of miles of mountain bike and cycle tracks, footpaths and trails - providing more than enough adventure for a weekend. 

If a coastal adventure is what your looking for then look no further! The Glamorgan Heritage Coast, which is also part of the 870 mile Wales Coast Path, is popular with water sports enthusiasts as well as families. 

We also have our fair share of castles, museums, imposing stately homes and manors to explore. 

Take a look at some of our great holiday ideas and inspiration below but please check the opening arrangements with the businesses before you visit. 

Wet Days Out

Many people will say that there's no such thing as poor (wet) weather - just the wrong clothes! Here are some ideas.

Family Fun

Southern Wales is a great place to explore with your family - lots of country parks, beaches, walks - take a picnic and enjoy the views.

Land of Castles

There are over 30 castles to explore in Southern Wales - here are a few ideas. 

Camping & Caravanning

Bring your tent, caravan or campervan and really explore Southern Wales - great views, adventures and opportunities to meet the locals. 

Great Outdoors

Experience the thrills of cycling down our mountains or taking things at a more sedate pace with a gentle walk in the hills.

Coastal Adventure

Explore the unspoilt coastline and breathtaking scenery with some of the best coastal walks and beaches perfect for catching a wave. 

Green spaces in The Valleys

Southern Wales has an abundance of green open spaces - discover the sites that are part of the Valleys Regional Park.

The Valleys - great for walking

The Valleys in South Wales are great for walking - gentle, family strolls around a lake or a challenging walk up Twmbarlwm or Pen Pych - you'll find quiet routes, with stunning views and plenty of spots for a picnic. 

Discover Southern Wales

Discover your adventure in Southern Wales. Follow us on a journey to experience some of the very best Southern Wales has to offer.

Gravity Family Bike Park

The Dare Valley Bike Park in South Wales is the perfect place to get on your bikes, with miles of trails designed for adventurous families and beginner/intermediate riders, and a lift right back to the top.

Open every Monday and Thursday-Sunday (closed Tuesday and Wednesday).

Find out more here.

BikePark Wales

For intermediate mountain bikers through to seasoned downhill pro's, Bike Park Wales will offer you an incredible biking experience unlike anything you have experienced in the UK before.

Cycling through the Vale of Usk

Southern Wales is great for all sorts of cycling - in the Vale of Usk you can cycle along the canal towpath, explore the Roman remain in Caerleon, stop off of Usk for lunch and finish the day by taking on the Twmble, the iconic hill climb that has been part of the Tour of Britain.

Autumn in the Wye Valley

Experience the extraordinary sights and sounds of the Wye Valley in Monmouthshire this autumn. Views of autumn colour displays from Duchess Ride, Eagle's Nest and Parva Farm Vineyard. Sound on and breathe.

Bryngarw Country Park

Bryngarw is one of the hidden gems of Wales as it has stunning gardens, river walks, adventure fun for the kids, meadows for picnics and more. The park also is dog friendly. The park opened in 1986 and to celebrate turning 30 we have produced this video which includes a poem written by staff and volunteers. If you haven't yet visited you can find Bryngarw park and house just north of the M4 motorway near Bridgend in South Wales.