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Longtown Outdoor Learning Centre

​Activities

Our core activities are suitable for key stage 2 to post 16 pupils and adults. The level of difficulty and challenges will vary depending on the age, expectations and ability of the group.

 
  • Caving Caving

    ​Walk and crawl through large caverns and small tunnels to explore one of the local limestone cave systems.

    Caving offers the potential to raise confidence and self esteem.

    Benefits of caving

    • An excellent way for individuals to face and overcome their own personal challenges
    • An opportunity to encourage empathy and supporting others
    • Taking responsibility for self and others
    • Explore the value of listening and communication skills
  • Coasteering Coasteering

    We take you from the centre to the Gower Peninsula for a long day of sea adventures, where you explore the coastline close up. This activitiy involves a lot of climbing, jumping and swimming.

    Your coasteering adventure will be tailored to meet the abilities of your group. We can offer this as a long activity day, or you may wish to combine it with an overnight camp.

  • Gorge walking Gorge walking

    ​A wet and wild day of river-rock hopping, sliding down rapids, scrambling, climbing and crawling up and down waterfalls and jumping into plunge pools.

    Benefits of gorge walking

    • An excellent way for individuals to face and overcome their own personal challenges
    • An opportunity to encourage empathy and supporting others
    • Taking responsibility for self and others
    • Explore the value of listening and communication skills
  • Mountain walking Mountain walking

    Often the first thing our groups do after their journey to the centre is walk up to the top of their first mountain, only 15 minutes away.

    Enjoy a picnic lunch at the top of the mountain, by a stream or a sheltered cairn. A mountain day offers a fabulous educational and memorable experience.

    Skills developed

    • Perseverance and resilience
    • Personal and group responsibility
    • Planning and strategy
    • Communication and teamwork
  • On-site activities On-site activities

    ​We have a number of on-site activities which can be tailored to suit the age and ability of your group. These include high and low ropes courses, an abseil tower, a kayak pool, a challenge wall and balance beam, as well as other problem solving group activities.

    Skills developed

    • Problem solving
    • Strategy
    • Planning
    • Listening to others
    • Leadership
    • Team building
  • Orienteering Orienteering

    ​Orienteering is a great opportunity to work independently or collaboratively. This activity takes place on our centre grounds or in the forest and demonstrates how quickly you can learn new skills.

    By starting with considerable support and feedback, groups quickly progress to working on their own and experience the challenge and satisfaction of reading a map. This may be by looking for markers, or by recreating "search and rescue" scenarios.

    Skills developed

    • Benefits of immediate feedback
    • Planning
    • Strategy
    • Negotiation
    • Collaboration
  • Rock climbing Rock climbing

    ​On our on-site dedicated facilities or the local limestone crags, rock climbing engages the body and the brain in an exhilarating blend of natural movement and overcoming fears.

    Skills developed

    • Tremendous sense of achievement
    • Completing something that seemed impossible
    • Trust and reliance on others
    • Empathy and supporting others
  • Watersports Watersports

    There are lots of choices for watersports at Longtown; a kayak or stand up paddleboard session, a canoe river adventure, or enjoy a sedate journey along the Monmouthshire and Brecon Canal through the stunning Brecon Beacons National Park.

    What does a typical open canoe journey involve?

    • You will start with a brief session on land to acquire the skills needed to take control of the canoe with your team, you will then go onto the water where your crew will have to learn to work together in order to complete your journey
    • Observation and planning – looking out for changes in the water, enjoying the beautiful scenery, watching out for kingfishers and damselflies

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About us

​Meet the team and find out who will be leading you on your adventures.

 

Longtown is all about challenging outdoor adventure activities in and around the Brecon Beacons National Park, with a warm and comfortable base in ​an old coaching​ inn.​
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​​Accommodation​​​

The centre can accommodate up to 70 people ​in the house​.

Residential accommodation

We pride ourselves on providing a good residential experience. Sharing a room and considering others, living and working as part of a community, and looking after your own personal space are all essential and transferable skills.

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Self-catering accommodation

Our two-floor self-catering accommodation can sleep up to 35 people in shared bedrooms. The rooms typically have bunk beds and single beds, sleeping groups of 2's, 3's and 4's.

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Plan your visit

We provide an exciting, enjoyable and memorable learning experience for all of our visitors.

  

Costs

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Contact us

Let us know the experience you are after and we can tailor your trip to your meet your requirements.

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Let us know what your requirements are and we will get back to you:

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Other ways of contacting us

Email us

01873 860225

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