Canyoning in the Brecon Beacons, Wales, UK
What is Canyoning?
Adventure Canyoning or canyoneering in Wales can be a Combined Water and Rock Activity. Canyoning in the UK can represent a spectrum of activities some of which are mostly rock activities and some of which are mostly water activities. Canyoning or canyoneering, as it is better known in the USA, is one of the best high adrenaline activities you can do in the UK. Wales is one of the best areas in the UK to try this awesome activity. If you are going to try it then use the experts. What is it? Well take a look at the videos at the foot of this page.
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Many of the following names are used by different people to mean quite different activities:-
- gorge walks or scrambles (can be wet or dry or alternating the two, involving the ascent or descent of a water course);
- adventure walks or scrambles (covers a multitude of variations);
- canyoning or canyoneering, (usually wet. It traditionally involves the descent of a steep water course and is a high adrenalin activity for adults);
- adventure swimming (another name for coasteering or a non-technical variation of canyoning);
- river running (deliberately swimming down white water rapids).
Rough Guides – Canyoning Up There With Best in World
Rough Guides, have visited and taken part in our canyoning activity in 2013. Rough Guides is a leading publisher of travel and reference information known for its ‘tell it like it is’ attitude, accurate, up-to-date content and informed contemporary writing.
They have described the Adventure Britain canyoning experience in the Brecon Beacons as “..being up there with the best wet and wild experiences in the world!”
Adventure Britain’s Activity
Call of the Wild’s Adventure Britain activity very much falls within the canyoning, river running and adventure walk descriptions set out above. Canyoning or canyoneering with Adventure Britain in the Brecon Beacons, Wales is not to be confused with the other activities such as gorge walking. Adventure Britain’s canyoning sessions are very much for the adrenaline junky! How does jumping off 20ft waterfalls sound? What about a 30ft waterfall? If this sounds appealing then give us a call because this is the activity for you.
“Most fantastic fun we’ve had for ages. Can’t stop talking about canyoning. Instructors were brilliant, excellent sense of humour and very patient. This was great value – the perfect weekend.” Connie Sutherland
What does Canyoning entail/What will I be doing?
The best way of describing our canyoning activity is white water rafting but without the raft. With our guides, you descend a stunning steep sided gorge by various ways and means. This can involve sliding down rapids, swimming down rapids, floating down fast flowing chutes and waves, walking behind some breathtaking waterfalls and of course jumping off those jaw dropping waterfalls.
“I would like to thank you for a fantastic weekend we all had with Adventure Britain. Everyone thoroughly enjoyed all the activities and everything ran like clockwork. Canyoning was amazing.” Dave Nicholson
Who can do Canyoning?
Canyoning in Wales does require a degree of physical fitness. It can be demanding as it involves a lot of adrenaline, swimming and walking. However it is suitable even if you can’t swim as we provide you with buoyancy aids. It is normal to have people within a group who can’t swim. We would usually recommend that nobody under the age of 16 years of age attempts the full canyonning gorge. For younger less physically able customers we offer alternative combined rock and water activities such as gorge walking.
Where can I do Canyoning?
Call of the Wild’s Adventure Britain canyoning sessions are based in the Brecon Beacons, Wales, UK – in the part of the famous Brecon Beacons National Park known as waterfall country. We use the rivers in the Ystradfellte region on the southern edge of the Park which provides us with a wonderful adventure playground. You can’t do canyoning to this sort of level and in such stunning surroundings in many other parts of the UK. So come to the Brecon Beacons, Wales, UK and sample Canyoning for yourself. It should definitely be on the list of things to do before you pass your sell by date.
“We had an absolutely fantastic weekend thanks! The activities were thoroughly enjoyed by everyone – especially the canyoning.” Beverley McGonagle
Duration/length of the Canyoning session?
This is variable depending on the size and nature of the group and the prevailing weather conditions on the day. As a guide, the session would normally last around 3 – 5 hours.
When can I do it?
We operate our canyoning sessions in Wales all year.
What is it going to cost me?
“ Canyoning was by far the best activity we have done on any of our weekends away (which last count was 6). The staff and the way the activity was run were second to none, all the boys loved it and there is already talk of coming back.” Richard Gunner
What will I have to wear for my Canyoning session?
For your canyoning session we will provide you with a full kit list upon booking. For guidance, we will provide you with a wet suit, buoyancy aid and helmet.
Good combinations of activities
Canyoning is a full day activity due to the length of the session and it s physical demands. Therefore it is only suitable for combination with other activities for weekends or longer duration visits. It can be combined with any of the range of activities available whether it be caving, climbing, quads, paintball and clay pigeon shooting.
Can I use a camera?
Yes you can but we would only recommend bringing a waterproof disposal camera if it is your intention to take it into the gorge. With any other camera we cannot guarantee it will make it out in one piece. We recommend that at least one of your party take a camera into the gorge as you’ll have some stunning pictures to show everyone and to prove those tall tales are actually true!
Take Away a Video or Photos
We can arrange for a professional photographer to follow you down the gorge. The photos can be put onto disc for you to take away before the end of your stay. An example can be seen in the first video at the foot of the page. Please contact us for more details.
In addition if you wanted video clips of some of the challenges you will have taken part in during the session we have clips of other groups doing these which we can put onto disc for you. In certain circumstances we can arrange for your group to filmed as they descend the gorge but this is only by prior arrangement.
Wouldn’t it be great to have those visual images to show at the reception for Stag Parties or to keep as a memory of those special occasions such as 40th birthdays or to show back in the office after an outdoor team building event. So contact award winning Call of the Wild Ltd – the Welsh Small Business of the Year & National Team Building Company of the Year to find out more about canyoning.
View our Canyoning Videos
If any of the above interest you, contact us now!
A Stag party I'll never forget!
Woken up a 5.00am for a mini bus trip to Wales (From Hampshire UK) to get off the van and straight into a wetsuit, all to my surprise! What can I say... IT WAS INCREDIBLE!!! The staff were amazing, they really knew what they were doing, made us all feel safe and reassured and were able to have a right laugh too! It was the perfect activity for some superb male bonding, and I know for a fact every single member of the stag party loved every moment of it! Will definitely recommend to anyone and would love to come back again!! Take care boys! Thanks again!! Stephen
What a fantastic time . We had never done anything like this before and were nervous of what lie ahead. Our instructor was Dave who soon put us at ease with a plunge in at the deep end !!!! Gradually working up to the mega loonies jump at the end. Something I never imagined I would ever undertake. Only following Dave with the confidence to ever do something that stupid !!!!. Great time , can't wait to do it again.
Stag Weekend canyoning
No complaints at all!! Loved every minute ! Really good time, great staff, all very well organised and prompt :-)
Stag party - 7th June 2014
Would just like to say thanks on behalf of the 22 lads that done the canyoning the weekend. Everybody really enjoyed it. Please pass on thanks to the instructors for making the day so good! Very well organised and made everybody who was a little nervous get through it. One of the best experiences i have done and would recommend it to anybody who was thinking of doing it. Thanks
I thought I\'d just leave this short review to say thanks on behalf or the team and I for a superb canyoning session. Spectacular activity in spectacular surroundings with excellent staff.
We\'ll be back.
Outstanding expereince and thanks to kevin and james for a great day. Everybody was in agreement one of the best things they\'ve ever tried. Staff were exceptional
A Must Try Activity
What can I say. The canyonign activity was everything you said it would be and more. thanks to Kev and Dave who made the day so memorable.
I've not stopped talking about the canyoning activity we did with you last week. Stupendous experience. All the boys said what a great experience it was. Thanks to the instructors for making it a great day. We'll be back soon.`
Great Time canyoning
Thanks for a great time canyoning. Dave and Jess were brilliant. I'm now glad we booked with you given our reservations about doing this activity but I'm glad we did as it was everything you said it would be. Thanks again.
If you recall we were with you for a stag weekend yesterday. We had a great time but the standout activity for us was the canyoning/ It was excellent and not somethign we'd done before. We certainly have lots of stories for the speecehs and excellent photos of the groom jumoping off the waterfalls. Thanks for a great time