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From wild swimming to an underground gold mine…how to enjoy staying cool

Wild swimming and strawberry picking

Definitely one for when the weather gets so hot that even picking fruit leaves you hot and bothered. Aberbran Fawr campsite is just outside Brecon and guests are invited to pluck the likes of strawberries and blackcurrants from their field. They also happen to be situated right next to the River Usk, where a quick dip could prove the perfect antidote to the summer sun. www.aberbranfawr.co.uk

Surf alongside Wales’ surf champ

This summer is the perfect opportunity to learn to ride a wave or two, and who better to teach you than Wales’ two-time surf champion. Ingemar Cressey offers surf lessons all along the south Wales coast, and runs the only surf school in Wales accredited by the Academy of Surfing Instructors – the Australian-based world standard in surf education. www.cresseyssurfacademy.com

Food at The Grove, Narberth

 

Chill out at The Grove, Narberth

A summer stay at the Grove isn’t all about the hotel itself. In no time at all you could be sunning yourself on the beautiful Barafundle Bay, or wandering Tenby’s cobbled lanes. All this before heading back to sit out on The Grove’s water terrace to enjoy some of the finest cuisine the country has to offer to the sound of water running underfoot. www.thegrove-narberth.co.uk

Kayaking in the Beacons

Filly Farmhouse is a gorgeous stone farmhouse sleeping 10 just outside Hay-on-Wye in the Brecon Beacons. It also overlooks a lake, which gives guests plenty of opportunity for relaxed kayaking/canoeing sessions. Once you’re done practising in private you can then make the short trip to the River Wye, offering up mile upon mile of tranquil, sun-dappled waterway for your exploration. www.breconcottages.com

Enjoy a round at Wales’ top course

Unlike most sports golf almost demands that you take life at a slower pace, making it an ideal summer pastime. Bridgend’s Royal Porthcawl golf course has been voted by those in the know as one of the best in the world, and the sea breeze rolling in from the ocean is sure to keep you cool even if you can’t quite rival the professionals for speed. www.royalporthcawl.com

Take a break in a converted boat

Few accommodations can be quite as cool as Sonia, the restored 1950s houseboat that now sits overlooking Cardigan Bay near Llangrannog. Sat in her very own grassy paddock Sonia is wonderfully secluded and boasts a footpath leading from the door right onto the beach. Kids will love peeping from the portholes almost as much as you’ll love the peace and quiet. www.underthethatch.co.uk/boat

Coasteering with Preseli Venture
Coasteering with Preseli Venture

 

Take a dip with Preseli Venture

You won’t have time to worry about sunburn while you’re walking, kayaking and coasteering your way along Pembrokeshire’s famous coastline. Take a trip with Preseli Venture and you’ll have all your meals taken care of, as well as being able to bed down in a five-star eco lodge. We might skip the nightly bonfire, though, given the soaring temperatures. www.preseliventure.co.uk

Head to an underground gold mine

As hot as it may get, one sure fire way to escape the sun is to head underground. Why not learn a bit of history at the same time by visiting Dolaucothi gold mines, where guided tours will take you back to experience the mining conditions of the Roman and Victorian times. The mines themselves are set amid hillsides overlooking the beautiful Cothi Valley. www.nationaltrust.org/dolaucothi-gold-mines

Find peace in the Cambrian Mountains

Head to the stunning Cambrian Mountains to truly escape the modern world. Straw Bale Holiday Cottage in Llandrindod Wells harks back to a more peaceful time, with no gadgets, no electrics and acres of natural beauty on your doorstep. Sun yourself on the balcony, keep cool with a dip in the nearby stream and spend the evenings stargazing. www.tygwynfarm.co.uk

Explore Cardiff by water taxi

Sure, the barrage that links Cardiff with the seaside town of Penarth is ideal for a cool afternoon stroll, but if you’d rather not brave it during the midday sun, you could always hop on a water taxi. Regular Aquabus services link Penarth with the shops and bars of Mermaid Quay, continuing on to the castle grounds in the city centre. Visit the website for a timetable. www.cardiffaquabus.com

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