As you will be aware, if you have read my recent post on my trip to Wales, I got to try out tobogganing, and to put it super briefly, it was so much fun.
In the popular coastal town of Llandudno in Northern Wales, the little resort is best known for its beach and pier, with shops and gaming arcades, typical of any seaside town in the UK.
Unfortunately we did not get to go on the Blue Flag beaches or pier, nor did we get to visit the conservation zoo or popular theatres. We did however toy with the idea of riding on the cable car, but at £11 each for a return journey and the cars only accepting cash (booo), we skipped this and headed right to the Llandudno Ski and Snowboard Centre.
Not perhaps your first port of call, but driving the car up the narrow, winding, almost vertical hill was a great way to start the day. Arriving just after it opened at 10am, it was pretty quiet for all of half an hour before it started to fill up. By the time we left, the car park was almost full, with more cars parked on the narrow, winding, almost vertical hill.
Available at the centre was skiing, snowboarding, tobogganing, tubing and mini golf. Without hesitation we booked tickets for the tobogganing, for £7 per adult for two rides. At 750m long it is an exhilarating wake up call in the fresh, Welsh air, for people of all ages, although children between four and seven years old need to ride with someone over 16. The toboggan run is dependent on the weather as it does need to be dry to operate, but luckily it was a semi-sunny August morning and the ominous black clouds did not downpour onto us.
A pulley system similar to the type on the incline of a rollercoaster hauls you to the top of the hill and then you are lurched forward onto the track. After a super short ‘how to’ guide by the operator, you are advise to break going into the corners but that is really personal preference. You need to control how fast you want to go and your own brakes using the operating stick, which I can only assume has a proper name, but let’s call it a stick for now. (Stick evident in above picture).
The other activities at the centre, including the tubing, gold and snowboarding all go ahead come rain or shine so do be prepared. You can also take tickets for more than one thing, which works out cheaper than booking everything separately. For example, the tobogganing can be paired with a round of mini golf and/or the boarding or tubing. We were keen to see more of the area so only booked the tobogganing, otherwise I think I would have liked to try the tubing too – where you sit in a giant rubber ring and slide down the slope.
There is a place for refreshments as well, The Alpine Lodge, although with it being just after breakfast this was no somewhere we needed to utilise. After our rides, we headed back to the car, but, surrounded by hills and little twisty footpaths, I headed off, up and over the top of the hill before getting into the car, and I am so glad I did. Taking us all the way to the top, it was also the highest point of the cable cars, and a lot more fulfilling. The views below of the entire town were impressive to say the least and made for some great pictures.
If I was to return to North Wales, I would like to stay closer to Llandudno as it seemed to have a lot of offer and many places to explore. There were endless hotels and B&B’s lining the sea front too which I think would be great places to try.
Whilst the centre is not somewhere I need to revisit anytime soon, I am glad we went and I would love to find a place to go tobogganing closer to London as it was so much fun.
Have you ever been tobogganing? Does it sound like something you would like to try? Let me know in the comments below.