The Brecon Beacons National Park is one of the premier locations in the UK to enjoy a wide range of adventurous activities such as gorge walking, rock climbing, canoeing, raft building and abseiling. We shall also be camping overnight on the coast of Wales to enjoy some exhilarating coasteering. Take a look at all activities included in the two week programme.
The Gower Adventure
Coasteering for age groups younger than 14, the cliffs between Caswell Bay and Brandy Cove offer a fascinating journey through ledges, caves and pools, culminating with a series of jumps into the sea.
For groups older than 14, the cliffs of Rhossili present a much more challenging environment adding much more swimming and a progressively higher range of jumps.
Several crags on the Gower coast are ideally suited to novice climbers to gain the skills and confidence to safely climb sheer rock faces operating in teams taking responsibility for each others safety. Venue and route choice can be varied to take into account the age, needs and abilities of all students.
Have fun in the sea and surf of the Gower coastline and learn from experts how to manage and stand on your surfboard and travel with the waves.
South Wales is one of the UKs best areas for exploring the subterranean environment. Caving is an enormously powerful activity where all participants achieve so much more than they think they can. A progressive series of challenges, interspersed with some fascinating insights into the geology and geomorphology of the underground environment makes caving a perfect activity for mixed ability groups wanting to learn, grow and have fun.
What better way to end the week than to scale Pen Y Fan or one of the many other peaks in the local area and contemplate all there is to achieve. The destination and route will be adapted to suit the needs, age and abilities of participants.
The Beacon Adventure
The Brecon Beacons National Park is one of the premier locations in the UK to enjoy a wide range of adventurous activities such as gorge walking, rock climbing, canoeing, raft building and abseiling.
Children will have a choice of activities over three days and will be encouraged to try them all. Have a look at these details below and see which ones are tempting!
Canoe & Camp
A great adventure out on the water in canoes learning the essential skill of paddling and then navigating and journeying either the local canals or rivers throughout the day. Learn new techniques and take part in games along the way, ending the day at your “standing camp” destination, already set up, with hot food awaiting!
High Level Ropes & Zip Wire
Equipped with a safety harness and climbing helmet, you will attempting several rope challenges starting from ground level up to 30ft high, such as the balance log, trapeze bar and cow tails. But don’t worry, your team mates are there to help and encourage you and your instructor is keeping a close watch at all times. You will finish with an 80 meter zip wire.
A new challenge this year to design and build a cart and put it to the test on a downhill slalom course. Teams will be equipped with planks, ropes and the all important wheels, then the design and construction will begin.
Mountain Biking ( Age 12 +)
Equipped with a 21 speed, front-suspension ‘Trek’ mountain bike and helmet, you’ll be ready to hit the biking trails of the Brecon Beacons and Black Mountains. Skilled mountain biking instructors will guide you through off-road biking routes, choosing a track suitable to the ability the group, as well as teach you a good variety of mountain biking skills – useful for the biking games they will introduce you to!
Gorge Scrambling & Rock Climbing
An immensely popular activity which includes jumps, slides, swims and an array of challenges. Wearing wetsuits, buoyancy aid and water helmet you will following your instructor and his instructions and will be making your way upstream of the river, exploring behind waterfalls, jumping off ledges and jumping into deep pools. The day would be split between the two activities, giving both a wet and dry option throughout the day.
Sport & Team Challenges
Sports coaches will be leading team based games in traditional sports as well as frisbee golf, capture the flag and swimming. Students will have an opportunity to challenge themselves in teams and have fun along the way. Den building is a new challenge this year!
Art, Photography or Working With Nature
Listening to feedback last year and in order to offer time for some creative pursuits, students may choose an art or photography workshop to capture the essence of their adventure week. Working with professionals in the art and photography studios, a number of creative options will be available to explore and use to create a piece of work that can be taken home as a reminder of a great adventure. This year we shall also introduce either dry-stone walling or hedge-making for those who would like to work with nature and learn more about our local environment.
Despite busy and action packed days, students will enjoy free time to relax in the grounds or in the boarding house with supervision at all times. There will also be a full programme of evening activities in which to participate and round off each day.
Excellent facilities include extensive sports fields, heated swimming pool, sports hall, tennis and squash courts, all-weather sports pitch, 9 hole golf course and a performance hall.
Social events include, camp fires, parachute games, team challenges, treasure hunts, quizzes and an end of camp party.