Outdoor rock climbing and canoeing at the National Outdoor Centre at Plas y Brenin

Plas Y Brenin Oar

During the Easter holidays we headed to North Wales with Adventure Map, who are 10 of the best adventure companies in North Wales, working together to promote the region as the best place for outdoor adventure tourism in the UK, with a handy app for your smart phone.

The AdMap App, available on app store and google play, tells you what adventures are nearby to help you to discover exciting adventures in North Wales.

On our second day in North Wales, we headed to the National Outdoor Centre at Plas y Brenin which offers climbing, mountain biking, canoeing and hiking experiences for all abilities.

For our planned day of fun, we started with outdoor rock climbing and got ourselves kitted up before heading on a short 10 minute walk to our climbing location.

Plas Y Brenin

Rock Climbing

The idea of the course is to give you a taster of what rock climbing involves and to teach you the basic techniques.

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Kian, Isaac and Eliza have all done bouldering at our local centre and love climbing walls, so I was confident that they would enjoy this session.

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Once the instructor had set the ropes up, the first thing we needed to learn was to belay.

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Belaying is a technique used by climbers to exert tension on a climbing rope so that a falling climber does not fall very far.

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Isaac was the first one to climb and his first task was to sit in the harness to make sure if was secure, before he could head up the cliff face, which he did with no problem at all.

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Anything Isaac can do, Eliza can too and she showed off her climbing skills by reaching the top too.

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Sebby, on the other hand, at 5 years old has only a brief experience of climbing walls but gave it a good try and got half way up the cliff.

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Kian confidently climbed to the top too and we all chuckled when it was Dad’s turn as we thought the belay team were going to head up the wall with him as they took his weight.

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We all got a couple of goes at the climb before it was time to head back to the centre for lunch.

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Possibly one of my favourite activities of the holiday was canoeing out on the sheltered lake.

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Again, once we got kitted up we headed down to the Llynnau Mymbyr lake, where our first job was to get the canoes out of the sheds.

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The idea of the afternoon was to learn some canoeing techniques and have fun as a family on the water.

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Hubby and Kian are regular kayakers and I have enjoyed it a few times so we were looking forward to getting out on the water.

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We were divided into pairs, with Kian heading out with Isaac, Eliza with me and Sebby with Daddy.

Sebby Canoe

After learning how to paddle and turn our canoes it was time for some fun and games and it is safe to say we were very slightly competitive.

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The first game had us collecting tennis balls from the water and positioning them on the end of the canoe. The aim of the game was to try and take the balls from each others canoes and finish with the most.

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The next game involved the same concept with added wet sponges to throw at our opponents.

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Isaac and Kian, having two confident paddlers in the boat, were victorious, but we all had a great time and the kids are keen to try out canoeing / kayaking again.

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You can choose from a range of activities to suit the whole family, with prices from just £350 for the day for a family of up to 6 including kit hire and transport. Activities are bookable online at www.pyb.co.uk or email info@pyb.co.uk.

Disclaimer: We were guests of Adventure Map for the purpose of a review. All thoughts and opinions are our own.

Image Credit: Follow Films

19 thoughts on “Outdoor rock climbing and canoeing at the National Outdoor Centre at Plas y Brenin

  1. Oh wow this is our kind of place and what a cool introduction outdoor rock climbing – so nice to hear the kids loved it and I know my boys would too (as would I)! Going to have to check this place out

    Laura x

  2. Rachael says:

    This sounds like loads of fun. We’re big on outdoor activities here too and we’re actually planning a little trip to Wales. I’ll have to download the app.

  3. Stephanie says:

    What brilliant family fun together, so nice being outside and doing these type of activities together. Suits all ages too

  4. Catherine says:

    I’ve always wanted to try something like this! So great to do as a family and I bet it’s a lot of fun!

  5. Joanne says:

    This looks like an amazing family day out! I’m sure the kids had a great time, nothing beats getting outside and having an adventure!

  6. Wow, this sounds like such an adventure. The pictures are fantastic!

  7. Claire says:

    What an amazing experience for your children.

    I hope they realise how cool their parents are

    I love the post, I’d almost be tempted to down my climbing boots…. well almost

  8. SimonG says:

    I really like how you’re educating your kids to be bold and courageous. As opposed to over-sheltering them, cripling their ability to become independent, which is a mistake most parents do nowadays.

  9. Melanie williams says:

    How amazing is this!! Looks like you had a great time for sure xx

  10. It looks like you had a lot of fun! I went to University in North Wales and wish I’d taken more advantage of the fantastic outdoor activities you can do there.

  11. What a lovely experience for the whole family! North Wales has so much of natural and wonderful places to visit with National Outdoor Centre looking fabulous for a family day out

  12. Lorna says:

    Isla has a rock-climbing Auntie. Maybe they can go.

  13. Karin says:

    You leave nothing out in your post! Very detailed and the photos are well taken. I would love to go there and try rock climbing and canoeing!

  14. Lisa Rios says:

    Rock climbing is the perfect family activity! It builds strength and good teamwork.

  15. Arya says:

    Outdoor sports and activities are super important for kids. Enjoy to the fullest this long weekend 😉

  16. It is nice to see how many beautiful adventures and experiences you make your children live!

  17. Gosh, all these fabulous activities … I just wish I was fitter to have a go at some. I’d have found the rock climbing impossible!

  18. Stacie says:

    That looks like so much fun! I love getting out and exploring nature with the family.

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