Meet at 10am at a designated carpark with a cafe in Dolgarrog, Conwy, LL32 8QE. Sam will be there to meet and discuss the day ahead. You will then head to a small carpark at the foot of the gorge where you can get kitted up, before starting a short walk uphill to the start of the gorge. To begin with the gorge is very gentle and this gives us chance to adapt to this amazing environment while scrambling over rocks. The gorge then starts to get more interesting with deep pools we have to cross and waterfalls to climb. Along the way Sam will point out some of the rare mosses and ferns all the while ensuring the safety of everyone. You will then arrive at a huge waterfall with a beautiful pool at the foot of it. This is all the more special as the only people who get to see this incredible sight are those who ascend the gorge. After enjoying the sights of this waterfall, you continue on to the top of the gorge before then leaving the gorge and heading back down to the cars to get changed. Once warm and dry and having eaten lunch it’s a short drive to the abseil. The abseil is a chance to test your head for heights. At over 20m meters it is a heart stopping moment when you step over the edge. Sam will keep you safe and reassure you on the way down. Once down you have the chance to head back up to try again, it is always more enjoyable the second time as you know what to expect. The day will end between 3-5pm depending on how many abseils the group wish to do.
Sam is a highly qualified instructor with over 10 years’ experience working in the outdoor industry. He has been leading groups in a variety of activities but gorge walking is one of his favourites. When not exploring gorges, he can be found climbing the cliffs of North Wales. Sam has spent his life in and around North Wales and so knows the area extremely well and loves to show people this amazing place.
Experienced instructor: Sam Bradshaw
Specialist kit: wetsuits, buoyancy aid, helmet and harnesses
Not included/please bring:
Personal kit & clothing: you will need to bring: swim wear, shoes to get wet in (not flipflops or sandals), towel, warm clothes and a change of clothes for the abseil.
Food & drink
Group size: 3-8*
The cost for the whole day is £50 per person plus VAT (£60). Further information will be sent nearer the time. If you need accommodation we suggest booking accommodation as soon as possible. Accommodation options range from luxury hotels, self-catering lodges, B&Bs, cottages or for the more budget conscious hostels and caravan/camp sites.