Having spent lots of my childhood outdoors, I started walking the hills, camping, mountain biking, climbing and even kayaking as a teenager. Through the Duke of Edinburgh Award scheme and my Sixth Form College I learned skills and began travelling further afield to climb and walk in Snowdonia the Peak District, the Lake District, and ski in Scotland and Norway.Continue reading Staff Bio – Ray Lindley
Llangollen is a town of 3000 or so residents in North East Wales, just an hour or so from Liverpool, Manchester and the outskirts of Birmingham. If you have ever driven into North Wales on the A5 you will recognise the view as the mountains rear up and close in around you and Castle Dinas Bran rises up on it’s own hill top to your right. The valley has been carved by the River Dee, a magnet for white water kayakers, canoeists and rafters from all over the world.
We have picked a few of our favourite events coming up in 2019, if we have missed yours please add it in the comments below. If you get them to us soon then we can add them in to this article. If our dates are wrong or missing please add them in the comments.Continue reading Events in Llangollen in 2019
Thanks to Andy Lees of Go Kayaking Northwest there is a full selection of current Pyranha Demo Kayaks at River Active in Llangollen. As I paddle the site two or three times a week my interest was peaked when asked which boats I would be trying. In return for the loan of the boat I was asked to write a Pyranha 12R Review.
The 12R wasn’t on my list until I turned up on a bright and cold Sunday in February in the mood to paddle a loop, down the River Dee to town, then up the canal and drop back into the river for the return to Mile End mill. I paddle a Jackson Mixmaster mostly, so not ideal for the paddle up the canal, and there above the door was a brand new, unscratched Pyranha 12r just waiting for me to demo.Continue reading Pyranha 12R Kayak Review – First Impressions
I love coffee almost as much as I love the outdoors. So when I saw the Nanopresso I had to get my hands on one. I didn’t, however, expect it to become a part of my daily routine.Continue reading Clive’s Nanopresso Review
At ProAdventure we aim to provide you, the Adventurer, with some of the best kit available. Some of these products are unsung heroes and we need help and honest assessments to spread the word. We have picked people with vast experience of leading and instructing in the Outdoor Industry to check out and review selected products for us.Continue reading Get a Fix and Get Woolpower – Expert Review
This is what Clive gets up to before work on Sunday mornings.
As a kid I loved being outside.
As a kid I loved being outside. “I’m going out do my work” I would say to my parents. Then proceeded to dig in the sand pit for hours, or build another den. I had limited access to technology then, however as I moved into my teens that changed and my life was consumed by Gears of War and Call of Duty.Continue reading Staff Bio – Clive Gibney
Our season started with a collaboration with our local Community Cinema, New Dot Cinema and ProAdventure sponsoring their showing of the film Mountain. The town hall was full to bursting with the big screen showing this visual delight.
Adventures at the Leading Edge
October brought Sarah McNair Landry and Erik Boomer across from the US with tales of some awe inspiring expeditions.
American professional white water paddler Erik Boomer, and Canadian polar adventurer Sarah McNair-Landry came and did a tour of the UK a few years ago detailing their recently completed a gruelling 65-day expedition across Baffin Island, covering over a 1000km by kayak, ski and foot.Continue reading Llangollen Adventure Lectures 2018/2019 Season
I have lived in the Llangollen area almost my whole life, growing up in Glyn Ceiriog, living in Llangollen and currently residing in Glyndyfrdwy. I have been a serious Mountain Biker since the age of 10, so about 25 years. There aren’t many routes I don’t know in this area, and in my opinion, there is no better way to experience the outdoors than by bike. However, “legal”places to ride, especially in this area, are few and far between. More often than not, bridleways turn into footpaths, there are long road sections between them, or just none at all.
Llangollen and it’s surrounding mountains have almost everything for the mountain biker. From canal towpaths, to drovers roads, big climbs, open mountain rides and National League Downhill racing.Continue reading A Guide to Mountain Biking in the Llangollen Area