< Places of interest in Cardigan
At fforest we believe in 'active relaxation'; clearing your mind through the challenge of learning new skills and the physical demands of a tough days play. We also understand the luxury of just doing nothing. Sit on the deck, watch the deer, read a book, or just…dream.
However you want to enjoy your stay with us we can help. We offer a full range of half and full day activity packages both on and off site designed to suit the seasons throughout the year.
On the land
If you don't want to get wet(!) but can't sit still we have loads of activities for you to try, from learning traditional woodland crafts such as pole lathing, trying your eye at archery or controlling your nerve on the cliffs.
Learn traditional and local skills using and managing the woods. Hedge laying, pole lathing, coppicing, willow weaving and more. (Some activities are available on a seasonal basis only)
Climbing and Abseiling
The spectacular cliffs and inland crags in this area offer a safe but challenging introduction to this great sport. You'll learn basic ropework, how to belay a partner and use efficient movement skills on the rock.
Try your hand at both target and field archery on the fforest rove—our new course with different targets at varying distances. A safe introduction to Archery with all equipment, coaching and no mention of Mr Hood.
Our fire by friction sessions will see you make your own bow drill and use it to create friction, then heat, then char dust and finally a tiny glowing ember before dropping it into dry tinder and gently blowing it to life.
Using ropes and techniques from the tree surgery and climbing industries, we invite you to explore the canopy of some of the most ancient trees on site. We have developed this activity with expert tree surgeons to create a safe, unique activity.
On the river
Yr Afon Teifi—The Teifi River - is the location for all our river based activities at fforest. The Teifi is Wales' longest and one of the cleanest rivers in the country. Because of this, and its preserved natural habitats for species of otter, salmon and sewin (sea trout), the whole length of the Teifi has been designated a Special Area of Conservation by the EU.
Upstream, the river descends the Cambrian mountains, gathering pace and creating falls around Llandysul, Newcastle Emlyn and Cenarth. This section is home to some serious competition slalom, play and creek kayaking, white water rafting and open canoeing. The Teifi is regularly used for GB Raft Team training and the GB Raft championships were held on the Teifi in 2008 and again in 2009.
White Water Rafting
When the river levels increase, it's time to blow up the raft and get some white water on falls up to grade 4. 10km of natural paddling on white and gently flowing water taking in the best drops on the Teifi. Working as a team with a trained guide, you'll negotiate the cauldron, surf the wave in preparation for the steep drop finale of Henllan falls. Minimum age 10. Available subject to water levels. Try River Kayaking for all-conditions white water fun.
In the sea
The protected, undeveloped coastlines of Pembrokeshire and Cardigan Bay provide more than enough choice for an ocean adventure. The many beaches, cliffs, coves and reefs provide multiple venues for coasteering, sea kayaking, surfing and wildlife boat trips. Our coastal activities show you the best natural locations which are selected to provide a safe environment for you to learn new skills with qualified instructors.
Coasteering was born here in West Wales, inspired by the rugged coastline of West Pembrokeshire. Coasteering is a journey along the tidal margin which combines a mix of swimming, scrambling and jumping. No two coasteers are ever the same—wind, waves and tide are constantly changing the sea state so you're always guaranteed a unique journey.
We're blessed with some of the most impressive coastline in the west. High cliffs, islands, caves and of course the resident dolphin pod makes our sea kayaking one of our firm favourite activities. Sea kayaking is available throughout the year, minimum age 8.
West Wales has some of the most consistent beach breaks in the country, so join us for an introduction to wave riding. We'll take you through the basics on dry land first and your instructor will be on hand throughout to provide tips and encouragement to get you riding waves confidently.
Wildlife Boat Trips
Cardigan bay is home to a large population of Atlantic grey seals, birds including chough, peregrine, fulmars, gannets, razorbills and one of Britain's two resident dolphin pods. 1-1.5 hour speed boat trips into the bay.