Open-air recreation offers an ideal way to get
closer to Mother Nature – whilst being exhilarating for body and
soul. Wales has some of the best, and most easily accessible
natural features in Britain - and people have been exploring them
for generations. Great mountaineers have carved their skills on
these rugged peaks – and today downhill mountain bikers negotiate
the jagged crags. Welsh outdoors sport is as extreme as it
- Air based activities include paragliding, hang gliding and kite
- Activities on land include climbing, mountain biking, horse
riding and wildlife watching.
- Water based activities include canoeing, sailing, diving, wind
surfing and fishing.
At CCW we work to balance increasing access to
the joys of participating in outdoor activities with the need to
conserve our landscape and wildlife for the future.
Each activity has unique characteristics –
from the type of participants to the habitats in which they take
Whatever activity you are undertaking, you
should always consider:
- The risk to yourself and others
- The benefits to community, health and
- The effect on the environment
By using the natural environment responsibly,
we improve our own quality of life and also help protect our
natural heritage for future generations.
Outdoor Wales onLine
You can find out about places where you can take part in outdoor
activities with the Outdoor Wales onLine maps by:
- entering a place name or a post code into the website's search
- searching within a given distance of a specific location;
- manually zooming in to a specific area on the map;
- searching by the name of a route or site.
The site provides links to other useful information, including
further details about particular sites or routes, accommodation,
public transport and the latest weather forecast.
You will also find information about codes of conduct about how
to enjoy the outdoors safely and responsibly in a way that won’t
damage the environment and ensures respect for other users.