Sport and Activities
Follow in the footsteps of the stars of the 2010 Ryder
Cup by playing one of Celtic Manor's three
courses. Other courses in the region include Royal Porthcawl, one of the
toughest links in the country when the wind starts blowing in off
the sea. You can also try the course with the longest hole at
Dewstow (690 yards and the only par 6 in the UK) or the highest
course at West Monmouthshire which
reaches 1518ft above sea level.
With the wind blowing in off the Atlantic, Porthcawl is home to some of the
best surfing beaches in the country. The town's Rest Bay and
Coney Beach are the most popular, whilst hardened surfers
head for the more secluded Sker Bay.
If you've never surfed before, then there are plenty of operators locally who offer lessons
throughout the year. They'll have you riding the
waves in no time.
Try your hand at quad biking, paintballing or the
challenging high ropes course at the Adventures Centre near
Porthcawl. Off site activities include surfing, gorge
walking and Stand Up Paddle surfing.
Are you up for a challenge? Well in this neck of the woods they
don't come much bigger than Mountain Biking at the acclaimed Cwmcarn Forest near
The Mynydd track is full of steep drops, tight turns and huge
jumps taken at break-neck speeds seems to be impossible. It
has been rated as a Black track, which means it is officially
classed as severe and should only be tackled by experienced riders.
You daren't take your eyes off the track, which is a shame as the
views from the top are stunning.
Cwmcarn is also home to the Twrch Train - an equally challenging,
tough 15.5km singletrack route through woodlands and on to open
ridge tops. Hold on tight.