River levels in the Brecon Beacons are currently quite high, however so long as there is no more significant rainfall and you are with an experienced guide there will be no reason for our Gorge Walking and Canyoning activities to be running across the weekend. With all the rain we've had over the last week or two the ground is saturated, meaning the waterfalls will be flowing well and constant.
Because of the current levels and with a small amount of rain forecast it is vital that you are with an experienced guide who knows the area in which the activity is taking place. Each waterfall climb and any jumps will need to be judged at the time to ensure they are safe to complete. Any heavy rainfall in the mountain regions of the Brecons could lead to flashing, so you must stay up to date with the weather forecast and rainfall in the 12 hours previous to your activity.
Full safety equipment will obviously be required, which we provide as part of your event package. This includes wetsuits, buoyancy aids and helmets. The Gorge Walking and Canyoning activities will be challenging this weekend but they will be great fun too. This is what it's all about!
If we're going to see conditions that are acceptable for Coasteering then it will be on Sunday. The swell is 2ft - 3ft and we're forecast fairly light winds, particularly Sunday morning. The only issue you may find with that is that we're on a low tide so the activity will need to be adjusted accordingly. Sunday afternoon could see the wind pick up, however if it stays calm then you could take advantage and use the tide in your favour too.
As with any of our activities, full safety equipment will be provided and must be worn throughout. There is no reason whatsoever to participate in any activity unless you have all of the required equipment and you must always be with an experienced guide.
Saturday sees 5ft swell and stronger winds meaning the conditions are unlikely to be suitable for any Coasteering activities. If Saturday is your day then your best bet is to head inland for some Gorge Walking or Canyoning or grab a board and get a surf in.
Saturday looks like it could offer some decent Surfing conditions along the South Wales coast. We will be seeing swell of around 3ft - 5ft and although there will be a decent wind the sheltered bays of Rest Bay in Porthcawl or Caswell Bay in Swansea will afford you some protection, making your surf that bit more enjoyable.
Sunday sees the swell dropping but so too does the wind, so this is a good day if you are a less experienced surfer to get out for some practice. The swell will be dropping down to 2ft - 3ft. Keep in mind the tidal times and use them to your advantage. High tide on the South Wales coast is very early morning or early evening across the weekend.
As always are weekend is packed full of activities, with more Scout Troops and Youth Groups venturing to South Wales for camps and activity weekends as well as the usual mix of Stag Dos and Hen Parties from Cardiff, Swansea and Porthcawl joining us. We're running a full programme of activities, including Gorge Walking, Canyoning, Surfing lessons and Beach Days.
This will see the groups being put through a number of challenges, some just fun other looking to improve the way they work together, communicate and support each other. We have years of experience in running these activities so gear each activity for what the group are after. Often the Stag Dos and Hen Parties are just looking for good old fashioned fun, climbing up waterfalls and jumping into plunge pools, with maybe the odd bit of cave exploring and rapid crossing. For the scout troops we can add more teambuilding and problem solving challenges into the activity to improve the way they all work together.
Whatever the weather, whatever the activity the one thing that we can be absolutely sure of is that all of our groups will go away with new experiences, new skills and having had a great time getting them.
River levels are still quite low in the Brecon Beacons area so all of our river based activities, including Gorge Walking and Canyoning will be running across the weekend. Whilst the low levels mean that we can run the activities, there are still cautions that need to be taken. Plunge pools may be shallower than usual and you will need to asses each jump area. The ground has a good amount of water in it, so any any rain fall could have a big effect on both water levels and water flow force.
The waterfalls should still be flowing constant and they'll be plenty of challenges along the river to keep the adrenaline going throughout your activity. As always with our river based activities, you will need to be wearing the correct safety gear. This includes helmets, buoyancy aids, wetsuits and good sturdy footwear. Keep an eye on the weather, particularly in the mountain regions of South and Mid Wales but we cannot see any reason our river based outdoor activities won't be in full swing this weekend.
There is a chance that conditions on Sunday will be acceptable for Coasteering to run. Saturday looks to be off with strong onshore winds throughout the day. These winds are due to die down on Sunday and the swell is expected to be 2ft - 4ft. If it is on the lower end of that estimate and the wind is as expected then sheltered bays should provide the conditions to allow some Coasteering activities to run.
Keep in mind that the tide is quite small for South Wales over the weekend, with high tide being around eight and a half metre. This can have a big effect of what parts of the activity can run. As with Gorge Walking and Canyoning full safety equipment is always required (which we provide you with); including helmets, buoyancy aids, and wetsuits.
We're not expecting to see huge swell across the weekend on South Wales beaches but there could be enough for a bit of easy surfing along most of our usual spots, including Rest Bay in Porthcawl and Caswell Bay in Swansea. Keep an eye on the wind as we could see some strong gusts, particularly on Saturday, so the more sheltered bays will probably be your best bet.
We're in full swing again this weekend as with have Stag Do's, Hen Parties, Social Clubs and Scout Troops visiting us across our sites in South Wales. We'll be running virtually a full weekend of activities with Gorge Walking and Canyoning, surfing lessons and beach days all being run. Once everybody has finished their various outdoor activities they'll be heading off to various parts of South Wales, including Cardiff for some late night partying, Porthcawl for more beach fun or into the Brecons on their camping trip.
The sun has carried on shining throughout the week in South Wales, with temperatures up at nearly 30 degrees. Those temperatures are due to drop over the next few days and we could see some rain returning to the region. This is good news for the river levels however as currently they're pretty low. This means you will need to asses every jump as the plunge pools could be too shallow.
With all the nice weather we've had, the land will also have dried out. This can have two important consequences; objects could have become loose in the dry soil and therefore at risk of falling into the river and making their way down with the water flow. It can also mean that if we have a heavy downpour, flashing could occur and cause very quick changes in the water levels and flow force.
The normal warning about safety equipment, including helmets, buoyancy aids and wetsuits still apply, even if the weather is warm.
We may see some acceptable conditions for Coasteering if you can find the right location on the South Wales coast. Friday the swell is almost certainly going to be too big and the wind too strong, but if you can find a sheltered bay on Saturday & Sunday you may be afforded enough protection from the wind and swell for the activity to run.
You will have to judge each location on it's own and take into account all of the conditions and the ability of the group before starting any Coasteering activity.
Friday could see some really good conditions for surfing, with the swell reaching around 6ft along the South Wales coast. The swell will drop a little moving into the weekend, but you could still find some 3ft - 4ft swell along certain places along the coast.
The biggest issue you may find with surfing the South Wales coast this weekend is the number of other people doing the same, so keep this in mind when picking your location. Also keep in mind there wind is still fairly strong so you need to get the balance of protection and swell right.
The nice weather has been bringing people from all over the place to South Wales and what better way to cool down and have a great time that joining in with some of our outdoor activities in the water. This weekend is no different, although the sun looks like it might be having a little bit of a break with Stag Parties and Hen Dos joining us from all over, including Cardiff, Swansea and Porthcawl.
We've also got some youth groups, scout groups and tourists who want to try something a little bit different on their breaks and get the pulse racing.
We've had some glorious weather over the last couple of days here in South Wales which means the current water levels are low on both the River Mellte and River Sychryd. This means all of our river based outdoor activities will be running over the weekend but you still need to take care during your activities.
Plunge pools are going to be much shallower due to the low river levels, so its important to check the depth in each jump area beforehand. The dry weather can also mean that debris, branches, trees, etc can become looser and make it's way into the river, so be aware of this and keep an eye out. Full safety equipment is always required for Gorge Walking and Canyoning and this weekend is no different - helmets, buoyancy aids, wetsuits and good, stable footwear are all vital.
The dry weather can mean if we do get some unexpected heavy rain we could see some flashing on the rivers, so keep up to date with the latest weather conditions in the mountain regions of South Wales
We might see some favourable conditions for Coasteering this weekend, with Sunday being the most likely. The swell along the South Wales coast is going to be towards to upper limit of what is acceptable but Sunday in particular will see very light winds making it the best opportunity for any activities to run. The tide is also seeming to play ball in the Bristol Channel.
If the swell is on the higher side of predictions, then Coasteering activities will not be able to run and we recommend that you head inland to the Brecons for some Gorge Walking or Canyoning, which give you a very similar experience in a different environment.
The swell this weekend is going to be fairly low across both days this weekend, but on Sunday they'll be a gentle offshore wind which could lead to some nice conditions for surfing along the South Wales coast. The weather is going to be cloudy but the rain should hold off. The water temperature is still quite low so you'll need some thermal protection whilst you're in the water.
The usual spots such as Rest Bay in Porthcawl or Oxwich Bay in Swanea will offer some of the better conditions for you.
The Stags and Hens are back in South Wales this weekend and we've got a full set of activities running for them across Saturday, Sunday and Monday. They'll be joining us in the Brecons for some Gorge Walking and Canyoning. We'll also be running some Beach Days down in Porthcawl, with Raft Building, Surfing and plenty of other activities too.
Heading into the half term, we'll be putting some Scouts, who are visiting Swansea for a camp, through their paces with numerous outdoor activities, including raft races, Gorge Walking and a surfing lesson too.
Despite the recent heavy rain we've been having early this week in South Wales, the last couple of drier days have allowed the river levels to reduce, meaning we've got great conditions for all of our river based activities this weekend. So we're all go for Gorge Walking and Canyoning and we're even set for some nice sunshine too in the Brecons.
The recent rain will have bought it's own challenges, particularly bringing in debris to the plunge pools, so you'll need to be extra careful in the jumps and be sure to check each jump area first. Whilst the weather will hopefully be warm and sunny, the water is still cold so full thermal protection is required as usual. Safety equipment such as helmets and buoyancy aids are always required, so no changes there.
If the weather does change and more heavy rain falls, you need to be aware of the chances of flashing on the rivers, so keep aware of local weather conditions and rainfall.
Conditions for Coasteering are unlikely to be favourable this weekend. The swell is just that bit too big along the South Wales coast and they'll also be a reasonable wind blowing onshore. When you combine these two factors, it's not looking good and our recommendation is to head inland and give Gorge Walking or Canyoning a go instead.
They'll be a decent surf along the South Wales coast this weekend, hopefully around the 4ft mark. Coupled with some hopefully nice weather it's looking like a decent weekend for the surfers out there.
The usual spots such as Rest Bay in Porthcawl or Oxwich Bay in Swanea will offer some of the better conditions for you. Water temperatures will still be fairly low, so decent thermal protection will be required still.
We're busy busy again this weekend as our usual mix of Hen Parties and Stag Do’s join us to take on the rivers in South Wales. Whether they're out on the River Sychryd or the more challenging River Mellte we know they'll be getting an experience unlike most of them have had before.
They normally turn up feeling a little sorry for themselves, but once they've scrambled up the gorge, climbed through a waterfall or two and jumped into the plunge pools they're nearly always ready to get back out in Cardiff, Swansea or Porthcawl and carry on their parities.
The river levels are currently quite low on the River Mellte meaning all of our river based outdoor activities will be running across the weekend, including Gorge Walking and Canyoning. We're not expecting any significant rainfall and temperatures should be fairly mild too.
Ground water levels will have started to dry out a little thanks to the dry weather we've been having over the last couple of weeks, which can cause the banks of the river to become unstable. Don't let the low river levels lull you into a false sense of security though, full safety equipment and an experienced guide are still absolutely essential for any river based activity.
ACTIVITY UPDATE 24.04.2017
River Levels are low at the moment so all activities in the South Wales area for Gorge Walking and Canyoning are good but the ground is hard so any rainfall will affect conditions immediately, take caution with loose banks and sides causing hazards and potential risk
Conditions along the South Wales coast are virtually perfect for Coasteering this weekend. The swell is set to be very low, to flat, wind is a very gentle 4 - 6 knots and the temperature is mild.
Water temperatures are still low, and the tricky terrain of the rocky coastline mean thermal protection and full safety equipment will, as always, be required. You'll need to ensure an experienced guide is with you at all times who knows the local area.
Coasteering in South Wales is looking good for the week but changing on the weekend with a big swell coming through
They'll be virtually no surf along our coast here in South Wales this weekend I'm afraid. Our advice is to switch it up a little and try a different water based activity, such as Canyoning or Coasteering.
Once again we've got a weekend full of activities with our usual mix of Hen Parties and Stag Do’s joining us on the rivers in the Brecon Beacons or the Swansea coast. Once they've had the fill of adrenaline, they'll be off out in Cardiff, Swansea or Porthcawl to carry on the fun. This weekend we have a full schedule of activities including Coasteering, Gorge walking, Canyoning and kayaking.
We have Stag groups from Cardiff City Center and Hen parties in South Wales over the weekend, Canyoning, Coasteering and Gorge walking. All the pictures will be on our facebook site from the events.
If you fancy doing something a little different for your groom or hen, give us a call today and we'll be able to talk you through all of the packages we can put on for your party.
River levels are still good on the River Mellte in the Brecon Beacons, so we're be looking to run both our Gorge Walking and Canyoning activities across both days. Whilst we're not forecast any significant rain over the weekend, with current ground water levels being high, any significant rain fall could lead to flashing on the rivers, so it's important you're aware of rainfall in the mountain areas of South Wales in the 6 - 12 hours before you activity is due to start.
Temperatures are particularly mild for this time of year, but that doesn't mean you don't need to consider your thermal protection. We'll provide a wetsuit to all participants, as well as buoyancy aid and safety helmet, but you need to think about your clothing for before and after the activity.
As with any outdoor activity, particularly those around water, it's vital you have the required safety equipment, correct footwear and an experienced guide who knows the area your activity is running in; all our guides have years of experience and are constantly training to keep up to date with first aid and rescue techniques.
The swell is back on the South Wales coast this weekend, and the wind is also on the upper side of where would would want it to be to run our Coasteering activities. There is also quite a small tidal change this weekend which also brings it's own problems.
All is not lost however. Our Canyoning activities can provide you with all of the same thrills and adrenaline rushes without the coastal conditions considerations, so if you're keen to get out and take part in an action packed outdoor activity, we can still provide that for you.
The surfs back! We should hopefully see swell around the 5ft to 7ft along the South Wales coast this weekend, and although there will be a Southerly to Westerly breeze, it shouldn't be too strong, so heading to one of our easterly facing bays, such as Oxwich Bay in Swansea or Rest Bay in Porthcawl should provide you with a decent level of protection from the wind.
Your main concern this weekend is likely to be water temperatures, so make sure you have the appropriate thermal protection.
We’re getting busier after the winter break. We’ve got a couple of events down out Dinas Rock in the Brecon Beacons, with some Stag Do’s, and Hen Parties from Cardiff and Swansea coming down to have a go at both Gorge Walking and Canyoning.
If we get some time we'll also be looking to hit the beach for a bit of surfing too whilst we can as the summer months are booking up now. If you're still looking for some outdoor activities to do whilst you're here in South Wales, for whatever reason; Stag or Hen parties, Scout Camps or just a holiday, give us a call today and we can discuss the various options available.
River levels have returned to a normal level after last week, meaning both Gorge Walking and Canyoning activities are on in the Brecon Beacons. The ground water levels are high so the waterfalls will be running consistent too. All this ground water does mean that any sustained period of rain will cause flashing on the rivers so it's vital you keep aware of rainfall in South Wales, particularly on the mountain regions.
Temperatures are still low and, whilst water temperatures are consistent throughout the year, you need to be prepared for the cold before and after any activity. As always for our outdoor activities, full safety equipment is required, helmet, buoyancy aid and wetsuit will be provided by us but you'll need to ensure you have suitable footwear.
We could see some acceptable conditions for Coasteering this weekend. The swell is small on the South Wales coast this weekend whilst there is a strong wind, it is offshore. You will need to keep a close eye on the wind direction as any change to a Southerly or Westerly direction will make the conditions unacceptable. You also need to take the tidal times into account, with high tides being early morning and early evening.
Where did the surf go? After the huge swell last week, there's virtually nothing along the South Wales coast this weekend. If you're lucky you may get 2ft - 3ft in places and the offshore wind may help hold the waves up enough for you to get some surfing.
The usual locations such as Caswell Bay in Swansea or Rest Bay in Porthcawl will once again offer the best conditions for any surfing.
It feels like the planning has been going on for a while now, but that's all about to change as the activities once again start up!
We'll be heading up to the Brecon Beacons over the weekend, taking our first batch of Stag Do and Hen Parties from Cardiff and Swansea on some Gorge Walking and Canyoning activities and we're also running some Water Safety and First Aid courses in Cardiff.
Mother nature isn't being kind to those who want to participate in some outdoor activities this weekend in South Wales it would seem. River levels on the Afon Mellte in the Brecon Beacons are currently high, and with more rain forecast Thursday and Friday they aren't likely to drop in the next couple of days. Depending on how late into Friday we get any heavy rain you may find Gorge Walking and Canyoning activities will need to be called off.
Friday also sees a weather warning for South Wales for strong gale force winds and whilst the wind itself rarely causes issues with Gorge Walking or Canyoning, it is often an indicator of heavy rain, which is always a concern on the rivers in the mountain regions. Under no circumstances should you even be considering taking part in an activity without an experienced guide who understands the weather patterns in the South Wales region and who knows the area in which the activity is expected to be taking place.
As we mentioned above, we're expecting some wet and very windy weather over the next couple of days in South Wales. Friday sees a weather warning for South Wales due to the strength of the wind. On top of the wind speed, the direction is also in a primarily Southerly direction, meaning any Coasteering activities are likely to be off.
The wind dies down over the weekend, however the swell looks like it's going to take over from it, possibly getting up to 10ft at times, which again makes any Coasteering activities on the South Wales coast extremely difficult. Normally in these situations, we fallback to our Gorge Walking and Canyoning activities, however as we've already said, even these look to be uncertain to go ahead this weekend unfortunately.
One thing we don't look to be short of this weekend in South Wales is surf. Saturday could see some massive surf along our coast, possibly 10ft+ so the experienced surfers could find some fun conditions if they head to one of the sheltered bays, such as Caswell Bay in Swansea or Rest Bay in Porthcawl.
As you can probably imagine, the less experienced surfers and those who aren't strong surfers will find this weekends conditions incredibly challenging and our advice to them would be to stay clear of the water this weekend.
Planning, planning, planning. That's what our days are filled with at the moment.
We're still out and about scouting the various locations in South Wales we use for our Gorge Walking and Canyoning activities to ensure the routes are still the best routes. We're also taking this opportunity to work with our guides, providing more training in a number of areas, such as Water Management, First Aid and the RLSS National Water Safety qualification.
We're also gearing up to welcome our first batch of Stag Do and Hen Parties from across the South Wales region, including Cardiff, Swansea and Porthcawl. There are still weekend packages available throughout the year if you haven't gotten your Stag Do or Hen Party sorted yet, but they are filling up so get in touch today and we can talk you through all of the packages / options.