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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

Sea Kayaking in the Fjallbacka Archipelago in West Sweden September 2012 OAS

I have wanted to sea kayak in Sweden for several years and in 2012 the Outdoor Academy of Sweden gave me my chance, here is my trip report.

I flew into Gothenburg to meet the Smiling OAS team, All loaded on to the coach we went off to visit some tourist attractions, the first some ancient rock carvings of boats and people, a world heritage site.

Prehistoric Carvings near Gothenburg

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Tai Chi in the Snow – A Week in the Swedish Wilderness – Snow Shoes, Pulks and Dried Food

Every few months we get an email from OAS, the Outdoor Academy of Scandinavia, they are eagerly received by the shop staff keen on some training in the wilds of Sweden or Norway. This March was my turn for a trip away in the snow. After hunting  out what information I could on what boots were suitable for snow shoeing and what I could get from our suppliers at the end of a cold winter season I ended up with a pair of I ended up with a pair of Hi-Tec Winter Boots and some Rab Down Booties for in the sleeping bag in the cold northern nights.

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ProAdventure’s Second Generation Bringing in the funds for Sport Relief with a 22 mile sponsored walk on Ruabon and Llantisilio Mountain

Bethany, first born daughter of Peter, ProAdventure’s founder organised a 22 Mile sponsored walk for sport relief.

Bethany, Emily, Mae, Barra and JJ completed the walk with Daisy joining in for the last mile, have been in charge of snacks at the checkpoints for the first half of the walk.

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Here is the route, a big circle from Llangollen, via Worlds End, Llandegla Forest, the Offas Dyke Path, the Ponderosa on the Horseshoe pass.

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And here is the evidence from Endomondo, but add a bit more as Beth forgot to turn the app on from the beginning.

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Still looking amazingly fresh they made it back to base in a good time and wend on to enjoy well deserved marshmallows around the fire.

So far they have raised over £700 through person to person sponsorship for sports relief, if you would like to support there weary legs then here is a link to their sponsorship page. https://my.sportrelief.com/sponsor/soaring-comets-big-walk

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OAS Outdoor Academy of Scandinavia September 2014 – The Stockholm Archipelago – Sea Kayaking and sunsets

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A few months ago Pete and Lesley offered the retail staff at ProAdventure the opportunity to attend the Outdoor Academy of Scandinavia, a project initiated by the Scandinavian Outdoor Group (SOG) to offer comprehensive outdoor staff training. Basically this meant understanding and using products in the great Swedish outdoors. On this trip we would be using Tentipi, Light my Fire, Peak Performance clothing, and Point 65 Kayaks.

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This was a opportunity I didn’t want to miss! Along with my colleage Mark, we headed to Stockholm to join the rest of a group of about 30 others (the group included retail staff, journalists and tour operators) for our 4 day adventure in the Stockholm Archipelago.
The trip began with the usual meet and greet, then we headed off for a guided bike tour of Stockholm. Next was a 2 hour boat trip to an Island in the Archipelago called Uto. Our arrival was met with the very friendly owner of the hotel Uto Vardshus where were staying that night. We were given a fabulous meal and got to know more people in the group. I was pleased to have sat next Patrik from Tentipi..I had emailed him occassionally over the last few years working at ProAdventure and it was a pleasure to put a name to a face!
The next few days involved different activities.  A guided hike along the coastline of the Island, followed by a 10km cycle ride. Next was another hike though the forest, and a talk on the geology and nature of the the island (this was Marks idea of heaven-someone who was as interested in rocks as he is!)

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Our camp for the night was at a small beach (my idea of heaven-an outdoor swim!). We were given some extra kit to use while out in the wilds..Light my Fire meal kits, a water bottle, lots of Sporks!, a fire steel and a Maya stick. All of which were obviously used for making a fire and eating our tea! We also had a lesson in putting up our Tentipi for the night..good to see the expert Patrik do it!

The Ultra Light Tentipi Prototype Tent

Next day was a cycle again, then using the Point 65 kayaks and sea kayaking to a smaller island. Again we were sleeping in a Tentipi ..this time a light one, which I hadn’t done before so it was a good learning experience for me. I  also got to see a prototype of the new Super light tentipi that will be produced next year-designed a lightweight 2 man Tentipi for trekking.
An early start the next morning sea kayaking back to Uto and attending our retailer workshops, followed by a very exciting RIB boat ride through the islands of the Archipelago to the island of Grinda. This was the last night of our stay and involved relaxing in a sauna, eating lots of crayfish, singing merry tunes and drinking schnapps…we were here for work…honest!
Seriously though..it was an amazing opportunity to be outdoors in Sweden using products we sell in the shop. Mark and I know more about Tentipi and Light my Fire than we did before and can relay our experiences with them to our customers:-)

Anna

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