Gorge Walking in South Wales

Gorge Walking in South Wales

Gorge walking in Wales. We’re the first to admit we had blank looks on our faces when it was suggested Into The Blue should offer this outdoor activity. Does it mean hiking in a pac-a-mac with soggy sarnies and a map? Nope! The gorge walking offered in South Wales is pretty gnarly and you’ll need a ‘full on attitude’ to succeed.

All you need to bring along with you for your gorge adventure in South Wales is your nerve as all safety equipment is supplied and your experienced guides will ensure that you will make the most of your high thrills experience safely. After introductions and listening to the on-land briefing session it’s time to take a deep breath and go for it!

The walks take place in spectacular Welsh gorges with Mother Nature offering up some incredible challenges and obstacles. It’s fair to say that normally when you see a nice waterfall you’d stop and take a picture of it. On this gorge walking outing in Wales you might well be abseiling down it. You may also find yourself traversing along rock walls leaping across boulders or even partaking in a spot of underground hole exploration and bog jumping!

And remember this is your gorge walking experience so there is no pressure for you to have a go at all the challenges that this part of South Wales can throw at you. But believe us once you start on that adrenaline rush you can’t stop and you’ll be amazed what you dare try when you’re in the flow of it all.

The grand finale (if you dare!) when gorge walking around Wales has to be the water plunge affectionately known as Loonies Leap. Seeing as it’s the last challenge on your wild day out in South Wales you might as well get wet as warm clothes are only a few minutes away – just choose from a 5ft 10ft or 18ft leap!

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Canyon Scrambling in Scotland

Canyon Scrambling in Scotland

Tackle nature head on when you go canyoning in Scotland and experience the unique combination of climbing abseiling and swimming all in the rugged wilds of Perthshire. This Scottish canyoneering centre has introduced thousands of visitors to the delights of scrambling through ravines and gorges in a life jacket and rappelling down waterfalls on a rope.

Regardless of whether you’re a gnarly fitness addict or a casual walker the Aberfeldy based team has explored all the canyoning areas Scotland boasts and reckon they’ve found the perfect canyon path for all levels of canyoneers.

Some of the most popular canyoning Scotland has to offer happens to be just a few miles from this activity centre that is based at the Keltney Burn Reserve making it the preferred location for the majority of introductory canyoning sessions as it combines steep wooded gorges with the more gentle meadowland preferred by walkers. The Keltneyburn Canyon has been slowly carved into the rock of the Dalradian Schists by the trickling tributary which flows into the River Tay before heading Eastwards to the North Sea at Dundee. This picturesque haven offers a range of river swims rock jumping and water chutes that provide a fun challenge for all.

Canyoning is more about excitement and enjoying the beauty of the natural Scottish environment than sheer technical difficulty so your intrepid instructor will vary the itinerary based on your ability and enthusiasm. Expect the contrast of taking on jumps from various heights and scrambles down natural rock formations with invigorating swimming through white water pools.

Before you can get wet and wild on your half day adventure you’ll first need to attend a registration and welcome from your instructors. You’ll be provided with all the equipment you need to tackle the canyons including a wetsuit helmet and buoyancy aid. A few scratches and bruises are to be expected but this canyoning activity in the heart of Scotland is designed to be as safe and enjoyable as possible. Your fully qualified coaches will host a briefing outlining the route and explaining the techniques that you’ll be using to negotiate the natural obstacles on the journey ahead.

You’ll be part of a small group for your canyoning in Scotland day with a ratio of one instructor to just eight canyon scramblers. This means you’ll get clear instruction before tackling each gorge walking section and whilst you won’t be waiting on that rock edge long to jump you will always have a chance to catch your breath and admire the spectacular views of Scotland around you before taking on the next canyoning challenge.

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Coasteering Dorset

Coasteering Dorset

Try coasteering in Dorset for the most exhilarating activity on the Jurassic Coast! This coasteering site near Swanage is most definitely wet and wild. It’s steeped in history and a brilliant place to explore. You’ll need to be pretty up for it to enjoy this experience but it is amazing.

The whole area on the Isle of Purbeck near the village of Langton Matravers is owned and managed by the National Trust. The aim is to preserve this incredible spot whilst offering access to all. There are no cafes no shops just paths running through farming lands leading to the impressive cliffs. A 20-minute hike will reward you with superb views and with bit of a scramble down you’ll arrive at Dancing Ledge where you’ll be coasteering.

This is one of Dorset’s hidden gems. It’s totally wild rough and rugged yet just outside the popular seaside resort of Swanage. The limestone here has been mined in the past leaving ledges dropping into the sea perfect for coasteering. The bay gets it’s name from the fact that when the tides are right the water appears to dance over the ledges. Whilst you won’t be dancing down there you will be jumping and leaping into the waters!

Yep this is coasteering in Dorset at its very best. Your little band of coasteerers led by your instructors will be playing in the crashing waves and leaping from up to six or seven metres high. As well as the sheer exhilaration of jumping from such great heights it’s all very ‘Moonfleet’ around these parts too. As you explore the sea caves you can totally imagine the smugglers bringing in their contraband here just as they did in the 17th and 18th centuries.

The only way to get to Dancing Ledge is by sea or on foot. It might be a bit of a walk in but with the views every step of the way it’s worth it. And when you get there the wild coast is the perfect place to play. Under the watchful eyes of the instructors you’ll have the most fun in wetsuit ever. What’s more this coasteering in Dorset is suitable from eight years old so it’s ideal for all the family!

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Gorge Walking & River Tubing Stirlingshire

Gorge Walking & River Tubing Stirlingshire

Gorge walking in Stirlingshire – a wonderfully wet day out for all the family! These group sessions near Gartmore just outside Stirling are suitable for everyone with a bit of an adventurous spirit from the age of 8.

You and your fellow gorge walkers will all meet at the adventure centre in Gartmore. After meeting your instructors you’ll get kitted out with all the necessary gorge walking gear that’s to say a wetsuit a helmet and a buoyancy aid. After that you’ll be transported to the start of the gorge walk. Being located on the edge of Loch Lomond and Trossachs National Park you’re surrounded by water sources in this part of Stirlingshire; from the River Forth to Keltie Water and Ward Burn. That means you don’t have far to go to get to the departure point of your gorge walking adventure.

When you get there it’s just as you’d imagine a gorge walk in Stirlingshire to be. The fast-flowing clear water tumbles over grey granite rocks gushing along the gorge lined with overhanging trees. It’s all pretty idyllic and makes for the perfect initiation into gorge walking. In essence you’ll be swimming climbing scrambling (and maybe a bit of shuffling at first as you get your confidence) along the water course. Your instructor will lead the way and they are great at encouraging you to literally step out of your comfort zone without pushing you beyond your limit.

One of the best bits of these sessions is the river tubing. You basically clamber into a big rubber ring and let yourself ride the waters. It’s sure to have you laughing out loud as you get bumped and bounced along – and as you can imagine kids just love it.

Having successfully made your way down river there’s one last challenge for you – the jumps. Keep your nerve remember what your instructor told you and then take the leap into the swirling waters. It’s a totally exhilarating way to round off your gorge walking in Stirlingshire!

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Coasteering in Cornwall

Coasteering in Cornwall

Get set and ready for leaping and bounding around when you go coasteering in Cornwall! If exploring the coast cliffs coves and sea caves in a new and exciting way appeals to you then try a trip on one of the most exhilarating adventures of all – coasteering your way along some of Newquay’s beauty spots.

The coasteering on offer in Newquay is a mix of rock climbing canyoning and cliff jumping all rolled into an action-packed traverse all over the cliff headlands of Cornwall. You might think you have to be a super strong swimmer and have bulging muscles to enjoy this experience but you don’t. It’s all about listening to the instructor following their guidelines and taking the plunge using their techniques.

One thing’s for sure you’ll get plenty of time to enjoy nature’s watery wonderland of coasteering Cornish style. In fact there’s a great variety of sea scenery packed into a small area making it an ideal location for novice coasteerers. And it’s also worth noting that the natural obstacles you’ll face are tidal. At high tide there’ll be plenty of jumps and at low tide there are more caves and wildlife to see but at whatever maritime moment you choose the tackle Cornwall’s finest coasteering you’ll get to places well off the beaten track and inaccessible to even the most adventurous holidaymaker swimmers setting off from the beach!

The only way we can describe this half day experience is that it’s like setting a bird’s (or perhaps seagull?) eye view and you get to see what only the seals see as you experience some of Cornwall’s finest views. Coasteering safety requirements mean you are covered head to toe in a thermal neoprene suit and armed with specialist equipment including a life jacket so you will be safe whilst engaging in the thrill and rush of jumping from the cliffs swimming through caves and scrambling.

As long as you can swim no previous experience is required. It doesn’t matter how fit you are the trip will be tailored to be as mild or wild as you want. Experience a total contrast as you take in the most beautiful coastal surroundings Cornwall has to offer… and then throw yourself into them!

Your coasteering Cornwall guides are part of an environmentally conscious company that tries to minimise the impact it makes on the natural environment. They avoid coasteering the same sites around Newquay too often and ensure that all course participants understand the impact they have on the natural surroundings when taking part in each activity. Not only will you have a great time – but will also be learning about the stunning coastline surrounding you.

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