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Where to go in March?
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Where to go in March?

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Zip lines: check. Whitewater rafting: check. Skiing: check. Subterranean trampolines: check! It’s safe to say, March is a dream month for thrill-seekers.

And with destinations ranging from classics like Costa Rica and New Zealand to rising stars such as North Wales, your perfect high-octane escape awaits...

For outdoor activities among daffodils and spring lambs head to North Wales

Springtime in Wales: lambs gambol on hillsides sprinkled with clusters of butter-yellow daffodils. For once, reality matches cliché – though sunshine is never guaranteed here, the Welsh countryside is glorious in March, which is a great time to dust off wintry cobwebs and explore some of the UK’s less-visited countryside.

The Dee Valley is a year-round destination for active adventures – the River Dee being one of the few that offers great whitewater year-round, with rafting, kayaking, bodyboating, even stand-up paddleboarding provide adrenaline highs. This region, including the Clwydian Range to the north, is packed with attractions and activities – hikes to ruined Castell Dinas Brân and Thomas Telford’s Pontcysyllte Aqueduct, a ride on the steam-drawn Llangollen Railway, and zip lines, cave trampolines and an artificial surf wavegarden in Snowdonia just to the west.

  • Trip plan: Llangollen makes a great base for an active break in the Dee Valley and Clwydian Range; Snowdonia is 20 miles (32 km) west.
  • Need to know: There’s no train station at Llangollen – the nearest railway stop is 6 miles (10km) away at Chirk.
  • Other months: Mar-Oct – spring to autumn, driest, warmest; Nov-Feb – cold, short days.

For late-season skiing, Tyrol in Austria, is one of the top spots

Spring doesn’t have to signal the end of skiing – at least in the high resorts of the Austrian Tyrol region. The valleys south and west of Innsbruck – the Stubaital, Ötztal, Tuxertal and Paznauntal, in particular – are blessed with glaciers and high, north-facing slopes that hold the snow well into March and beyond. There’s variety here, too: the pretty, traditional village of Obergurgl has pistes suitable for beginners and intermediates, while nearby Sölden has more challenging runs and two glaciers, guaranteeing skiing into May; high-level Ischgl is known for its great terrain park and lively aprés-ski, while the slopes of the Stubaital include good off-piste options as well as traditional groomed runs. Oh, and the food and drink is high-calibre, too.

  • Trip plan: The international airport at Innsbruck, capital of the Tyrol, is well served by flights from across Europe, with good transport links to the resorts.
  • Need to know: If you absolutely, positively have to ski all year, Hintertux is the place to head – skiing on the glacier is possible 365 days.
  • Other months: Dec-Apr – ski season (some ski areas open to May); Jun-Sep – great hiking; May & Oct-Nov – cooler.

 

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