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Padarn Watersports Centre Refit

Prior to our reopening for the May Bank Holiday weekend which has a promising weather forecast we have undergone a refurbishment of the the Padarn Watersports Centre. We are sure those of you who have visited before will see the improvements with a new boat racking system, improved changing rooms and showers. If you have not been to the centre before we offer kayak hire on Llyn Padarn with Snowdonia as our backdrop. We also run adventure activities such as coasteering, gorge scrambling, canoeing and rock climbing. You can find us beside the lake just off the Slate Museum car park in the beautiful Padarn Country Park.

Kayaks ready for use on Llyn Padarn.
Kayak Hire Direction below the slate quarry incline.
Kayak and buoyancy aid racks.
Canoe and paddle racks.

Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Last review 10 June 2021.

We are open and back to work and continuing to reopen aspects of our business

Please note that Welsh Legislation can differ from other UK nations and we may operating at more limited service than expected.

Sorry, it is not business as normal and many previous options are still going to be unavailable for a while.

School and Youth Group information for residentials is awaiting an update. Welsh Government have not yet released a “roadmap” date of when we can restart overnight stays yet even though restrictions have been eased for other UK nations. We can and are running adventure activities for school groups

Self-Catered accommodation is currently available at the Bryn Du Mountain Centre but please note limited numbers and household/bubble rules.

Kayak Hire from the Padarn Water Sports Centre is operating but not every day, we recommend pre booking and definitely checking we are open before just turning up.

Adventure Activities are available to private groups please see the individual pages for specific information.

Pre booking and payment is strongly preferred for all services to enable social distancing and reduce physical interactions. We will also be asking in advance for contact details of all of those visiting us to aid any Track and Trace should we become aware of any customers or staff becoming unwell.

Email is going to be the most reliable way to contact us due to reduced staffing numbers and limited office access.

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As Coronavirus develops we will continue to take advice from official sites as they are updated. We will in turn update any changes for customers in delivering our services on this page.

As practical steps in reducing the spread of Coronavirus we would expect customers to read and heed official government advice and steps to take if you suspect illness.

NHS Advice – https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/

Welsh Legislation advice on Hospitality and Tourism Businesses

Track and Trace Information

 

 

The No Van Plan!

Ditching in-course transport, let’s just walk places.

We are pretty lucky with our location here in Llanberis; we think it puts us in a position to be less reliant on vehicles to deliver our courses. Probably the right thing to do if we would like to think of ourselves as ambassadors for the outdoor environment.

We can walk to the lake to swim and canoe, we can walk to the crag to climb, we can walk to the quarries to abseil and the path up Snowdon starts in our village.

We want to prove this is a good idea thus a positive way to go about outdoor education and want to offer some special prices to encourage schools and youth groups to try it out.

We realise it still isn’t perfect but small steps literally in the right direction have to help.

We have two weeks this summer when you can stay at the Bryn Du Mountain Centre, Llanberis to try this out.

Monday 29th June – Thursday 2nd July 2020, Fully Catered at £180pp

And

Monday 3rd August – Thursday 6th August 2020, Self-Catered at £150pp.

Itinerary

Day 1 – Arrive for 1pm followed by afternoon lake swim

Day 2 – Canoeing and Abseiling Day

Day 3 – Mountain Day

Day 4 – Depart

 

Alpkit Foundation Week

If you know of a school group who struggle to fund an outdoor education trip this might be of interest. Alpkit Foundation Week.

If you need any more information you can talk with us at Boulder Adventures but applications need to be via the Alpkit Foundation. Boulder Adventures do not choose who visits.

School & College Bookings 2019/20

Now is the time to get school and college trips confirmed (if you haven’t already) for 2019/20 academic year at Boulder Adventures. If you are returning this will be an easy process, we no doubt have your dates pencilled in and understand your programme needs. If a new customer, please get in touch. We will have a number of questions for you as we do not do “off the peg” this ensures we deliver what you want.

Things we will need to know:

  • How many of you?
  • How long you want to stay with us, two nights is enough for some others stay for a whole week?
  • Catered or self-catered, some groups like the simple option of Boulder Adventures organising the food others like the group to take on the personal responsibility?
  • How are you traveling to us? Do you need picking up from the train station? Will a coach be dropping you off? Will you have your own minibus that can be used to get to the activities?
  • Do you want Boulder Adventures to fill the whole trip or do you want some days to run your own visits?
  • Why are you visiting us? We are sure it is to have fun but there are of course many other benefits to consider. To develop new skills such as learning to read a map, to grow resilience, to build a team, promote leadership or grow confidence in problem solving ability.

We look forward to hearing from you and hopefully welcoming your group to our centre.

Easter Holiday Adventure Training.

We have just had a great week with a group of cadets. Amazing weather for some big mountain days. Other activities during the week included: gorge scrambling, rock climbing, raft building, abseiling and canoeing.

Rock Climbing in the Llanberis Pass.
Cadets scrambling in Snowdonia.
Mountain day in Snowdonia.
Cadets walking above Ogwen Valley.
Cadets Canoeing on Llyn Padarn.
Cadets Gorge Scrambling in Snowdonia.
Abseiling in Padarn Park, Snowdomia.

Competition Winners

Last week we had a great bunch of students in from Tudor Grange Academy. They were a really worthwhile group who put in loads of effort to make the most of the opportunity having won the Alpkit Foundation competition for a free residential with us.

The students went rock climbing, canoeing, gorge scrambling and climbed Snowdon with us.

Rock Climbing in Llanberis.
School Group Climbing Snowdon.
Canoeing on Llyn Padarn.
Gorge Scrambling in Snowdonia.

Snowy Days.

The last two weeks of January have seen Boulder Adventures delivering six Prince’s Trust Team programs. Intended to challenge the teams and the weather has certainly added to that challenge. With the temperatures dropping and the snow coming down the teams have had some spectacular scenes for the adventures and worked hard to prove what they can achieve together

A well built raft keeping a Prince’s Trust Teams toes dry.
Looking up the LLanberis Pass from Llyn Padarn.
Prince’s Trust Team heading down to Llanberis from Bwlch Maesgwm.
Canoeing across LLyn Padarn towards Lllanberis
Prince’s Trust Team having a rest during a walk in the snow.

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2019 Well Underway

It’s been a busy start to the year with plenty of guests staying at the centre already. Last week we had the first school trip of the year visiting Llanberis taking part in Rock Climbing, Raft Building, Gorge Scrambling, Canoeing and a Snowdon Day. If you are still looking to book an adventure to Snowdonia in 2019 please get in touch as we have some slots remaining.

Canoeing on LLyn Padarn
Mountain Walk on Snowdon
Improvised Raft Building on LLyn Padarn, Llanberis
School Group Rock Climbing
School Group Gorge Scrambling

Now a Licensed Transport Operator for 2019.

At Boulder Adventures we have a number of transport solutions for our customers. We like to walk if possible, certainly the greener option. You can walk to our water sports centre or up Snowdon from the Bryn Du Mountain Centre. Other times we need to use a minibus or van. Many customers drive to us so have use of their own transport for the trip in which case we can allocate an instructor or kit van to your course. Many school groups will turn up by coach, if this is the case we can then provide minibus transport to get to the activities that require it. We are a licensed transport operator so you can trust our staff are fully qualified and experienced for driving as well as instructing. Having our own vehicles on site means we can also offer pick-ups from Bangor Train Station for those that require. Being a licensed transport operator means we can be pre booked for journeys without being on one of our courses. So if you are staying in Llanberis and need a drop off to start a mountain walk please get in contact.

Boulder Adventures Vehicle Fleet.
Boulder Adventures Public Service Operator

For bookings and information please phone or email us.

We try very hard to make sure we are selling the right event or course to our clients. We pride ourselves on delivering the correct adventure for you. Our office is typically staffed from 9.30 to 4.30 Monday to Saturday for bookings and enquiries, but please try outside of these times as we do keep some variable hours and staff will often be available to help.