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Canoeing can vary from a tranquil paddle along the beautiful Monmouth and Brecon Canal to a more committing and exciting journey on the sections of swift water on the River Wye. It is a fantastic team activity with teams of up to 3 to a boat. The day can be adapted to suit the group; sometimes canoes are rafted together to provide greater stability and increase the team work required for success, whilst individuals can also try to master solo paddling which is a true independent challenge.
What does a typical open canoe journey involve?
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
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
Try and meet the challenge of standing on your board and propelling yourself across the water of the centre's training pool, the River Wye or even the sea using the long paddle supplied. This is a fantastic fitness activity and although there is no surf in the training pool, a session here can teach you all the basic skills as you build your confidence and have lots of fun.
Meet the team and find out who will be leading you on your adventures.
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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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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