A few Father’s Day suggestions…

With Father’s Day now just days away, you’d better start thinking of some ways to spoil dad rotten this Sunday. Here are a couple of suggestions to get you thinking…
© Crown copyright (2014) Visit Wales

© Crown copyright (2014) Visit Wales

Cambrian Safaris at Llyn Teifi1. Cambrian Safaris Father’s Day Special
If you can’t quite afford to take him to Africa this spring, why not embark on an alternative safari in Wales? Cambrian Safaris organise trips in an old military ‘Lightweight’ Land Rover around this forgotten corner of the country with an abundance of wildlife and fantastically diverse landscape. The Father’s Day Specials include a tour of the infamous Devil’s Bridge or a rough track route passing through the uplands – perfect if dad fancies himself a bit of an explorer or simply loves wildlife spotting in the countryside.
2. The Origins of Cycling
Don’t just settle for a father/son bike ride or a new saddle, instead the Cambrian Mountains offer a cycling package that’s hard to beat for bikey dads. The National Cycle Museum is home to some 200 bicycles, cleverly laid out to quite literally take you on a ride through cycling history; on display are bike models throughout the ages from penny farthings to carbon fibre. Once bike savvy, the area has some of the best UK cycling routes on offer, as well as mountain biking opportunities if dad’s never the kind to turn down a challenge.

3. Take him on a Hinterland-inspired trip
If dad has found himself well and truly gripped by the Celtic noir phenomenon that is Hinterland, why not take him on a little self-guided tour of some of the first season’s filming spots? Start with dramatic Devil’s Bridge that made such a big impression in the first episode, move on to the Hafod Hotel, originally a hunting lodge built in the 1700s, and move on to Aberystwyth sea front, where the show’s detectives are based. Perfect!
Return of the Night Rheidol

Return of the Night Rheidol

4. Trainspotting on the Vale of Rheidol Railway
Is dad something of a trainspotter? If so, there’s no doubt he’ll have a great day exploring the landscape on the Vale of Rheidol railway. originally opened in 1902, the railway has been delighting passengers for over a century. With the weekend shaping up to be a scorcher, there might even be the chance to enjoy the trip in an open summer carriage or, for a real treat, dad could enjoy the scenery from the comfort of a first class observation saloon!

5. Explore the Devil’s Bridge Falls Nature Trail
Along the Nature Trail you’ll follow in the footsteps of the Monks of past times, and enjoy views of the stunning 300ft waterfalls. Wander through a peaceful wooded gorge before descending the 100 steps of Jacob’s ladder. Cross over the old circular bridge at the bottom of the waterfalls and on your way back up the other side of the gorge, stop and rest at Robber’s Cave; an old hide out next to the waterfalls. That should satisfy dad’s adventurous side!