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Petromax Griddle & Fire Bowl

The Petromax Griddle and Fire Bowl is the perfect solution to both cooking and heating around a campfire. The two in one griddle and fire bowl is made of stainless steel and allows a campfire to be lit in the fire bowl without causing damage the ground. Or the griddle can be positioned over an open fire on its three 23cm pillars in order to prepare outdoor meals. Continue reading Petromax Griddle & Fire Bowl

 

LLANGOLLEN ADVENTURE LECTURES REVIEW 2016

The inaugural Llangollen Adventure Lecture was held in the Wynnstay Arms in Llangollen on 10th May 2016. These series of talks were the brainchild of, and hosted by, the canoeist-adventurer Dave Manby and Peter Carol of ProAdventure, the local and online camping and outdoors business which celebrated its 25th anniversary during 2016. Continue reading LLANGOLLEN ADVENTURE LECTURES REVIEW 2016

 

Get your boots ready for the 4th annual Llangollen Walking Festival

walk3bIt will soon be that time of year again when you pull on your walking boots and tramp all round Llangollen with a bunch of friendly, like-minded people.

The 2016 Walking Festival offers something for all levels of walker as the friendly guides in Llangollen and the Dee Valley in North Wales help you explore and enjoy the wonderfully historic, mythical and scenic landscape of the area. Continue reading Get your boots ready for the 4th annual Llangollen Walking Festival

 

All about working at height

I have spent the last couple of days at the Lyon Equipment training centre in Tebay, learning all about ropework and equipment for working at height.

During the course we looked at different systems and equipment for restraint, positioning and fall arrest for industrial rope access, tree surgery and police and military access techniques.

Theory included, the health and safety at work act, work at height regulations and the LOLER lifting regulations.

I also got to try out the ID, ASAP, Zig Zag and several other pieces of Petzl climbing, fall arrest and positioning devices.

Tree climbing equipment from Petzl
Tree climbing equipment from Petzl including the Zig-Zag mechanical prussik and Zillon positioning and restraint device.
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Working at Height training mast at Lyon Equipment, Tebay
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Police and Military access at height equipment from Petal
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This Climber is using a Petzl iD Industrial Descender, ASAP fall arrester and a Grillon for positioning

Other elements of the course included a demonstration of breaking nylon slings without damage, with damage and with some abrasion (fluffing). Do you know which would break at the lowest load?

We will soon be able to offer our customers the full range of Lyon, Beal and Petzl work and rescue equipment for sale. Please ask for me in the shop or on the phone.

 

ProAdventure: We pulled on our walking boots and trekked across the road

IMG_0533Last week saw the ProAdventure shop in Castle Street, Llangollen, move into new premises. We’re still in Castle Street, (right across the road in fact), but after seven years we simply outgrew the original store with the diverse range of outdoor products we sell.

The move took three days with all hands on deck. The new location is slightly bigger and is better laid out. We’re having a Grand Opening event, but not until the dust settles as our products are great value all year round. We just want to knuckle down and get started serving our customers.

We still provide the personal and professional service you’ve come to expect from ProAdventure, and our varied range of products will always be of the highest quality. Quite often we ourselves use the products we sell instore, so we are very familiar with them and can advise on their performance with that little extra, and invaluable, knowledge.

Whether it’s outdoor kit for biking, camping, climbing, walking; or clothing, footwear or bush craft equipment you’re after, ProAdventure is the one-stop shop for those who enjoy exploring and living in the great outdoors. We sell hundreds of recognised and recommended brands including Gransfors Bruks, Handpresso, Ordnance Survey, Paramo, Primus, Sealskinz, Speedo, Tentipi and Tilley.

Next time you’re in Llangollen drop by and visit our new premises. We’re open seven days a week from 9am to 5pm, while the website is obviously 24/7.

 

Llangollen’s stream in the sky and the castle in the clouds

800px-ChirkCastle1bLast week we posted the list of walks on offer over the three days of the Llangollen Walking Festival being held in May. Thought we’d look at one in a little more detail, but scrolling down the Festival agenda we realised we’re rather spoilt for choice.

But we’ve decided to look at the Chirk Castle walk on Monday 4th May.

The walk will kick off from the Courtyard Café off Castle Street at 8.30am when a mini bus will transport participants to the dramatic Pontcysyllte Aqueduct on the Welsh-English border. The trek proper starts from here by walking over the aqueduct 127 feet above the River Dee and then along the canal towpath.

The aqueduct is part of the UNESCO World Heritage Site and was built in 1805 by architects Thomas Telford and William Jessop. The aqueduct stands on 19 pillars above the River Dee. It is 1,007 feet long, 11 feet wide and 5.25 feet deep. The cast iron trough is supported above the river on iron arched ribs carried on 18 hollow masonry pillars. Each of the 19 spans is 53 feet wide.

Despite much public scepticism, Telford was confident the construction method would work having previously built one cast iron trough aqueduct on the Shrewsbury Canal.

The aqueduct it was one of the first major feats of civil engineering undertaken by Telford and was opened in November 1805, having taken around ten years to design and build at a total cost of £47,000. At the time of its completion, the canal terminated at a wharf slightly to its north. A feeder to bring water from the Horseshoe Falls beyond Llangollen was completed three years later in 1808.

The walk will also visit Chirk Aqueduct in the beautiful Ceiriog Valley, and follow a section of Offa’s Dyke where it enters the grounds of Chirk Castle.

Now a National Trust property, Chirk Castle dates from 1310. A stark symbol of power, it was built during the reign of the conquering Edward I to subdue the last princes of Wales. Built on an outcrop above the meeting point of the rivers Dee and Ceiriog, the imposing silhouette of the castle was a brooding statement of English intent in these disputed lands.

Chirk Castle has over 480 acres of estate parkland, home to wild ponies, sheep, veteran trees and a beautifully preserved section of Offa’s Dyke. The estate is located within an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and has also been designated a Site of Special Scientific Interest as an important habitat for rare invertebrates, bats, fungi, and wild flowers.

The award-winning gardens cover 5.5 acres of manicured lawns, clipped yews, herbaceous borders, beautiful rose, shrub and rock gardens, and a wooded pleasure ground. The walk continues through the grounds with views of the castle, before heading off along part of the ancient Pilgrims Way to Llangollen, finishing with magnificent views over the Dee Valley.

The 12 mile, rather strenuous walk will end at the Canal Wharf Café between 4.00 and 4.30pm. At ProAdventure we highly recommend this walk in order to experience some of the most spectacular landscapes in North Wales.

http://www.llangollenwalkingfestival.co.uk/chirk-castle-2-aqueducts-12-miles.html