SWOAPG Volunteer Day & Geology Workshop Reminder

Please consider coming to..

  1. Lend your support at our Volunteer Working Day at Cwm Porth on 5th October – the more the merrier; and/or
  2. our Geology Day on 12th October with Alan Bowring of Brecon Beacons National Park Authority – a great opportunity to learn more about the geology of the Brecon Beacons to pass on to your clients.

Please book places ASAP (although the volunteer day is free, we need to know who's coming):

  • for SWOAPG members, use your online membership login page and 'proceed to payment' to locate the course details (contact us if you've forgotten your login username); or
  • non-members, use our events booking page.

Geology Workshop 12 October

Please join other SWOAPG members for this all-day workshop (classroom morning and hill-based afternoon), looking at how the hills near Cribarth are linked to the Sea, with Alan Bowring of Brecon Beacons National Park Authority. Possible content:

  • Carboniferous Limestone – variety of units within it reflecting changing original marine depositional environments between 360 and 330 million years ago.
  • Subsequent expansion of coastal deltas – the deposits now being known as the Twrch Sandstone and the Bishopston Mudstones of the Marros* Group (formerly the Basal Grit and Middle Shales of the Millstone Grit Series) *Marros is the coastal hamlet on the Pembs/Carms border where these rocks are magnificently displayed in the sea cliffs, including Telpyn Point.
  • Faulting and folding of the horizontal strata in the Variscan Orogeny due to ocean closure and mountain-building as witnessed along the Swansea/Cribarth Disturbance (which runs up from Swansea Bay).
  • Legacy of the last Ice Age (including locally, striations and polishing of sandstone surfaces, glacial erratics) – water locked-up in ice-sheets caused global sea levels to fall as recorded, for example, on Gower Coast.
  • Development of karstic features – Britain’s deepest cave is opposite, whilst Wales’ largest enclosed surface hollow in on Cribarth’s flanks. Plentiful shakeholes.
  • Industrial exploitation at Cribarth and nearby for limestone, rottenstone and silica rock – exported via tramroads to Swansea canal and then down to the sea.

Attendees must be either 2018 Full/Associate Individual Members or staff from 2018 Full/Associate Corporate Members or 2018 Supporters. Credentials will be checked on booking.

Attendees will need to come with everything they need in order to feed and support themselves on the hill.

Exact timing to be confirmed.

£25 per person – book NOW via our Events page (or direct through our online booking system).

SWOAPG Volunteer Day at Cwm Porth, 5 Oct

Please come and join us if you can for part or the whole of the day on 5 October, to help Brecon Beacons National Park Authority with work that needs doing around Porth yr Ogof.

Most of the work is above ground, so just old clothes and waterproofs plus wellies and gloves are required. Helmets would also be useful for work under cliffs.

Bring a packed lunch and lots of water!

Places are free, but please book NOW via our Events page (or direct through our online booking system) so we know who to expect!

Sychryd Gorge wheelchair challenge 23 Sep

See message below from Savage Adventures:

On the 23/09/18 if conditions allow we will be working with the Weightlifting Wales and GB Paralympic team. The aim is to undertaking a gorge walking session on the Sychryd however the whole aim of the activity is to get 1 disabled Paralympic athlete through as a breaking boundaries exercise and at request from weighting lifting wales.

We will be operating a 10:1 group ratio with 15 participants that will be assisting throughout the activity and a 1:2 for the lady with disabilities. We will be aiming to have an additional assist with a wheel chair following along the path to give us easy Egress back to carpark if needed, however due to her disabilities (paralysed waist down) we will be working with her to manually assist her through this environment in accordance to her & group safety and working this the regulations of the SWOAPG concordat.

We are proving this information for SWOAPG to understand what we are doing and to inform other providers of the challenge that’s going to be undertaken on the day and not to be alarmed as will have provisions in place on the day for all eventualities, we will be in contact with Brecon Central Mountain Rescue to inform them of this challenge too.

Gunpowder Works Community Open Day – Saturday 8th September!

See below from BBNPA:

Dear all

Please find attached details of our community open day at the Gunpowder Works this Saturday from 2pm to 6pm. The afternoon will be based at Pontneddfechan Village Hall, one of the Gunpowder Works’ original buildings.

The event highlights include:

       Free Gunpowder Ale beer tasting!

       Site tours with the contractors to learn how they’ve conserved the fragile structures

       A chance to find out the latest on our history research and share your own stories with us

       Learn about our plans for the forestry and how this will improve biodiversity

       Have your say on what stories are to be told on site when we reopen next summer

 In addition Sian and Jannies Tasty Treats will be serving their usual fantastic array of cakes, snacks as well as hot / soft drinks until 4pm.

I really hope you’ll be able to join us and please do pass on to friends, family, members of your organisations and customers. Any help with promoting the event via social media is greatly appreciated.

Many thanks,

Ruth Coulthard

Awdurdod Parc Cenedlaethol Bannau Brycheiniog / Brecon Beacons National Park Authority
Plas y Ffynnon, Ffordd Cambrian / Cambrian Way, Aberhonddu / Brecon, Powys LD3 7HP
Ffon/Tel: 01874 620481 / Ffon Symudol/Mobile: 07854 997522


Brecon Beacons Tourism Awards deadline 17 Sep

From Brecon Beacons Tourism:

Businesses can download the application forms from Brecon Beacons Tourism’s website here and have until 17th of September to submit their applications. We have decided to extend the deadline knowing that is a busy time of year for businesses. Now the Summer holidays have come to an end this could be your chance to enter!

Brecon Beacons Tourism is a business led organisation, with over 260 members, representing the tourism trade operating with the Brecon Beacons and the surrounding area. The tourism association’s membership is made up of several sectors including accommodation, activity providers, attractions, events, places to eat and retail. The short listed businesses and winners will be unveiled at the Awards Gala Dinner to be held at the Manor Hotel, Crickhowell on the 15th November. Tickets for the dinner will be on sale later this year with the event open to anyone – it’s going to be a great event so make sure the date is in your diary!

Laura Thomas, Brecon Beacons Tourism Executive Director said “We are delighted that Brecon Beacons Tourism is able to launch their second Brecon Beacons Tourism Awards in 2018. We hope the awards will showcase the quality of what we have to offer here in the Brecon Beacons and surrounding area. The awards will be an opportunity for us all to celebrate the tourism industry and to highlight the outstanding quality of our vibrant tourism businesses. We hope businesses no matter size or type will get on board and support both the awards and the dinner, seeing it as an opportunity to pay tribute to those who are committed and passionate about their business, the tourism industry and the Brecon Beacons.”

There are 15 awards in total, which any tourism business operating in and around the Brecon Beacons may apply for. The awards are as follows:

1. The Best Large Serviced Accommodation (6 rooms or more)

2. The Best Small Serviced Accommodation (5 rooms or less)

3. The Best Self-Catering Accommodation sleeping less than 10 people

4. The Best Self-Catering Accommodation sleeping 10 or more people

5. The Best Camping and Caravan site

6. The Best Glamping Experience

7. Best Activity Provider

8. The Best Food Experience

9. Best Attraction

10. Best Event or Festival

11. Best Retail

12. Community Tourism Award

13. Sustainable Tourism Award

14. Outstanding Contribution to Tourism Award

15. Best Overall Winner

The awards are being supported by sponsors for the different award categories from the private and public sector – sponsors so far include Pear Communications, Brecon Beacons Holiday Cottages, The Brecon Beacons National Park Authority and Powys County Council. Other local businesses are lending their support in different ways to this prestigious event.

To find out more about the awards or if you would like to become awards sponsor please see BBT’s website: www.breconbeaconstourism.org/awards/php or email via: info@breconbeaconstourism.co.uk

Brecon Beacons Tourism Meeting 11 Sep

Brecon Beacons Tourism has asked us to pass on this message to all SWOAPG Members:

Our next Brecon Beacons Tourism and Member Meeting will be held on 11th of September, at the The Swan in Hay on Wye.

Brecon Beacons Tourism meetings are open to all.

10am – Arrival for coffee and networking with meeting to start at 10.30 am

Meeting Agenda

•           Welcome & update on tourism activities, marketing opportunities – Laura Thomas, Brecon Beacons Tourism Director

•           Business Development Advisor NPTC- Catherine Golding

•           Update from Pear Communications- Alan Griffiths

•           Information from Natural Weigh – Chloe Mansfield

•           Information about the Next Tourism Generation Project – Shenna Carlisle (Cardiff Metropolitan University)

Dates for your Diary

•           BBT member meeting 13th November- The Welfare Hall , Ystradgynlais

•           Brecon Beacons Tourism Awards 2018 15th November- The Manor Crickhowell

Brecon Beacons Tourism, info@breconbeaconstourism.co.uk