Test your heads for heights with a thrilling, cliff-hanging climbing experience in West Wales. From hair-raising ascents of craggy cliffs to all-weather indoor climbs, there’s an uplifting option for everyone, from seasoned rock-jockeys to nervous newbies.

Getting started

If you’re new to the climbing game, you may want to find your feet at a purpose-built centre designed to help you get your feet off the ground. The 30ft/9m LC Climbing Wall in Swansea has eight lines and 20 different routes to choose from. Best of all, there’s an automatic mechanism which allows you to be safely lowered back to terra firma once you reach the summit. Also in Swansea, Dynamic Rock offers taster sessions for children and adults under the guidance of an experienced team of instructors, as well as a bouldering room where you can try rope-free climbing above a soft, padded floor. Further west at Morfa Bay Adventure in Carmarthenshire, you can progress from low-altitude climbs 6ft above the ground the to the 30ft abseil tower, before testing your new-found skills on rocky sea crags. There’s also cosy bunkhouse accommodation if you feel like sticking around.

LC Climbing Wall

Go Gower

Learn all about rigging and begin to nurture your skills with the experts from Gower Adventures, who will take you on a spectacular vertical tour of stunning Three Cliffs Bay, or see Rhossilli from a different angle with Gower Activity Centres who can tailor their amazing climbing experiences to adventurers of all skill levels. For an alternative (and extremely messy) day out, tackle Challenge Valley at Clyne Farm Centre. Billed as the muddiest assault course in the world, a successful circuit involves climbing, crawling, jumping and swinging. It’s good dirty fun for all the family. If you prefer to keep clean, there’s also an indoor climbing wall, plus a host of other adventure activities on offer.

Perfect Pembrokeshire

The Pembrokeshire Coast National Park is one of the most beautiful places in the UK (as well as being Britain’s only completely coastal national park). What better way to appreciate its spectacular scenery than dangling off a cliff on a series of ropes? You’ll find climbing adventures all over, thanks to operators like Rock Up Climbing and TYF Adventure. Both work across Pembrokeshire and know the terrain like the backs of their hands. They’ll choose a location and course the matches a range of skills – from family friendly and gentle introductions to more technical multi-pitch and learn-to-lead climbing courses – giving you a thrilling day out that lives long in the memory.