A new year means a time to see and do new things. Start 2013 by exploring more of Cardiff and the surrounding area, here are a few ideas to get you started
Cycle the Taff trail
The Taff trail runs alongside the River Taff for 55 miles from Cardiff Bay to Brecon. If that’s a bit too far, why not take a ride up to Castell Coch, an impressive gothic revival castle just a few miles north of Cardiff.
Otherwise known as Southerndown Beach this bay is a beautiful spot just outside of Bridgend, and it’s got a bit of everything: sand, waves and cliffs to explore. If you think it looks familiar, you’ve probably seen it on TV on shows like Doctor Who and Merlin.
Walk through the Brecon Beacons
There are over 30 walking routes through the national park, all varying in difficulty and ranging from quick walks along the canal to an 8 day trek. That’s not all you can do here though; caving, climbing, gliding, kayaking and windsurfing are all on offer too!
Go boating on Roath Park Lake
A great choice for when it gets a bit warmer. The lake in Roath Park offers pedalos, rowing boats and a motor launch, perfect for a trip with friends and a picnic. If boating isn’t your thing, you can also go fishing in the lake or walk around the Wild or Botanic Garden.
Play crazy golf at Celtic Manor
Best known for hosting the 2010 Ryder Cup, Celtic Manor is a luxury resort just outside of Newport. Whilst most of what it offers is out of us poor students’ budgets, the two excellent 9-hole adventure golf courses are worth having a go at.
by Kayleigh Chan