Andrew Lamb Leader Owner
I opened the first mountain bike hire business in the Brecon Beacons National Park in 1995. Since then my business, Wales Outdoors, has grown and morphed and is now the most active and most popular guided walks and adventure travel provider in Wales.
Andy has been a volunteer co-ordinator, guided walks programme organiser and part time central area warden for the Brecon Beacons National Park Authority, chair of Brecon Beacons Tourism, a Duke of Edinburghs area co-ordinator, a Princes Trust social inclusion manager, the catalyst for the Brecon Beacons National Park Environment Charter and a key motivator for the inception of the outdoor activity peer group, SWOAPG.
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I'm away through to the 9th May (walking in The Gower and then North Wales - https://walesoutdoors.co.uk) but am then free to massage you, from the 10th May!
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Go On - You Know You Want To!
Initially in Cardiff, if there is good interest we’ll roll this out to other centres or indeed anywhere where there is a need. We’re committed to providing a full day and so it’s parent respite as well as a youth social. Of course there is education too.
See dates and buy sessions here!
Home Ed Kids Socialisation Activity Day
There has been a exponential rise in home education in the UK and being long term supporters of avoiding the mainstream and with plenty of youth and school provision under our belts we have decided to offer, in the first instance, a Cardiff based and weekly Home Ed Socialisation and Activity Day during school term time.
We will meet at a central Cardiff location at 0900 and have a range of different locations, activities and adventures planned. These will be made available near the start of each term for all of those expressing interest or booking onto the day/s. Think beach combing, kite flying, hill walking, wild swimming, farm visit, bushcraft, camp cooking, drawing, photography, found object sculpture making etc…
The programme will aim to offer low cost child ‘care’ with an emphasise on child led days and socialisation. Any education is effectively a bonus to making new friends and maintaining those relationships.
The days are dip in and dip out – you book onto what you can afford, what is of interest to your child and without penalty or favour. We will initially limit each day to twelve young people aged between 10 and 15 years, if successful we will quickly introduce a similar day for 6 to 10 years of age, and will supply two members of staff. Parents are welcome to attend and can do so free of charge.
Let’s make Home Ed better. Let’s make Home Ed the best experience for your children.
Andy has years of youth and social inclusion work in his cv. We have PGCE’s that are on board. We have specialists in different disciplines, such as art and photography and foraging and mountain craft etc. We hope this is just what your children (and you) have been looking for!
As this is a predominantly OUTDOOR experience day (we do have a foul weather location for VERY poor weather) all young people attending will need:
Any specialist item as advised based on the activity choice for the day (see programme)
This weekend I will be walking the Gower peninsula and camping out for a couple of nights. Neal will be walking in Mid Wales and David on Pen y Fan.
Next week we will be delivering walks up Cadair Idris and Snowdon and then we have another camping trip into the wild lands of the Carneddau. David will also be delivering a walk in the Northern Black Mountains.
Do check out the calendar and feel free to book any of the events, there are spaces left on all.
We have two routes to book now, the website and meetup. So, meetup events do not reflect total numbers registered to attend. We're expecting about half of the bookings to be through this meetup platform and the other half to be directly through the website. It's slightly cheaper to book through the meetup platform.
Do remember we have MEMBERSHIP which is £25 a month and you can come on as many day long walks as you choose - some members are out between six and eight times a month!
For those attending less regularly we do have a buy 5 get one free deal!
Please explain why Pont Melin Fach and other South Wales forestry car parks are closed. I walked through on Sunday and saw this…
No explanation, an all summer time frame and the creation of at busy times chaos on country lanes…
Cyfoeth Naturiol Cymru / Natural Resources Wales
Hi Andrew,I will speak to our local staff for you and find out the situation asap.…
Thank you and I look forward to your response 🙂
Cyfoeth Naturiol Cymru / Natural Resources Wales
Hi Andrew,I have been advised of the following and hope this helps:Following discussions with Brecon Beacons National Park (BBNP), and Dyfed-Powys Police, the Pont Melin Fach car park is closed from March 22nd until September 30th. Access at our forest entrance along the road west of the bridge is also restricted.This closure is part of a partnership approach between NRW and BBNP, to manage visitors to Waterfall Country. A sign stating ‘Car park ahead CLOSED’ was commissioned by BBNP and is displayed at the junction on Ystradfellte Road, and similar information is affixed to the barrier at the (now closed) car park entrance Thanks, Garin
Welcome to Wales! A terrible look for tourism in the area. Shameful Garin. Limiting parking options is not the solution. Did the authorities not think that this would lead to dangerous parking at the closed locations? Perhaps you could put a sign up at the barrier stating that the authorities do not want visitors to the countryside as that certainly seems to be the case. I don’t use Pont Melin Fach to park but I would support those who wish to. Closing the countryside and adding pressure on the honeypot locations is something that ought to be avoided at all costs. The disaster of the quoted partnership at other locations in the BBNP, in particular at Pont ar Daf, demonstrates that the authorities couldn’t manage a... in a brewery… Indeed, this has been admitted to me by most parties involved. Open up the car parks and let people enjoy the countryside as they have always done.
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