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IT’S NOT CALLED THE GREAT OUTDOORS FOR NOTHING!
Reasons why you should get outside around Cardiff…
It’s a pretty well established fact that being outside is beneficial for both our mental and physical health. After life in lockdown, a lot of us have maybe come to appreciate this a little more than we did before. While Cardiff may be a city, there are still plenty of really great ways to get out and enjoy yourself in the open air. Whether you prefer adventurous and energetic activities, or a more calm and relaxing day out, there will be something suitable nearby.
1. GREAT OPEN AIR ACTIVITIES & ATTRACTIONS
The Bay is an amazing waterfront area and we also have two sizeable rivers, so there’s plenty of opportunity to get active out on the water as well as on land. Did you know that Cardiff even has its own island? Flatholm Island is an off shore nature reserve with some amazing history as well. We’re very lucky to be surrounded by Welsh countryside and so are some of our best tourist attractions. Even if you’re on a flying visit to the city centre, make sure you visit our famous Animal Wall.
2. GREAT WALKING & CYCLING TRAILS
If you’re looking to get out and about while seeing some more of the city, the best ways are either walking or by hopping on a bike. Here in Cardiff we’re very lucky to have an abundance of green spaces to explore (more on those below) and a fabulous coastal area around the Bay. We highly recommend the circular walk from Cardiff Bay, across the Barrage to Penarth Marina and back around, nothing better on a sunny day. If cycling is more your thing the the Taff Trail is really a must, this beautiful route follows the river Taff from the Bay through the city centre and beyond, all the way to Brecon if you’re feeling really energetic!
To help you on your way, here are some maps with handy routes laid out for walkers and cyclists, they cover the city centre and Cardiff Bay, as well as the lovely areas around Pontcanna and Roath Park.
3. GREAT PARK & GARDENS
Cardiff might be a (comparatively) small city but, when it comes to green spaces, we are ready to go big. There is a stunning selection of public parks, playing fields and nature reserves to choose from, so there’s really no excuse not to head outside when the weather allows.
If you'd like more information on how to enjoy Cardiff while getting a delighful dose of fresh air, then make sure you check out Outdoor Cardiff...