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Cycling

This can be done all over Wales, though the mountainous treks can make it strenuous. There are plenty of off-road trails for mountain bikers; the tourist board can provide more details of way-marked routes. A new route, the 'Celtic Trail', covers some 186 miles, 70 per cent of which is off-road; the trail runs between Newport in the east and Kedwelly in the west.

Rugby Union

This is the national sport, and is played to the highest level of skill. There are a huge number of local clubs and the international team plays at the national stadium, Cardiff Arms Park.

Walking

Wales is a beautiful and mountainous country, good for walkers and hikers. There are three national parks: the Brecon Beacons, the Pembrokeshire Coast Path National Park and Snowdonia. The highest peaks are in the north, where the mountains are more rugged. This area is popular with climbers, who will find many climbs, scrambles and chimneys of varying degrees of difficulty. There are many outdoor centres and shops where equipment can be hired or bought, and expeditions and tuition for all levels can be arranged. Apart from Mount Snowdon itself (Wales's highest peak at 1085m or 3556ft), northern Snowdonia has the ranges of the Carnedds, the Glyders, Moel Hebog and the Nantlle Hills. In southern Snowdonia are the Moelwyns, the Rhinogs, the Arans and Cadair Idris. A classic walk is the 'Snowdon Horseshoe', a 9.5 mile or 15km circuit of three glacier-carved valleys near Snowdon. Taking in the knife-edge ridge of Crib Goch on the way to Snowdon's summit provides stunning views, but is only suitable for experienced walkers. It is often started at Pen-y-pass, 6 miles from Llanberis.

The Brecon Beacons offer easier, though still challenging, walking while the nearby Wye Valley offers tranquil beauty. To the west of the country is the 189 mile or 304km 'Pembrokeshire Coast Path', which runs along the coast from Amroth near Tenby to St Dogmaels near Cardigan. The area is of interest to birdwatchers, owing to the variety and number of seabirds living on the cliffs. Other long-distance walks include 'Offa's Dyke Path' (177 miles or 285km) which follows the original border between England and Wales. It is strenuous in parts with ascents and descents.

Watersports

There are excellent facilities throughout the country. Wales's three coastlines have no shortage of harbours and marinas. Mountain scenery, cliffs, islands and small secluded beaches are some of the attractions here. Seals, dolphins, basking sharks and porpoise can be seen in offshore waters. West Wales has some of the best sea-kayaking in the world. Windsurfing can be done from many beaches in the west. The fast streams of the Menai Straits, the narrow passage between Angelsey and the mainland, are popular with sailors who test their skills. Boats and tuition are available from numerous watersports centres. Inland, lakes and rivers offer canoeing, sailing and dinghy sailing. Bala Lake is a major area for these activities, as well as for fishing. White water for canoeing and rafting can be found nearby. In south Wales, watersports centres include Llangorse (for windsurfing, canoeing and waterskiing) and Llandegfydd (for windsurfing and sailing).