SWOAPG e-mail transition

SWOAPG will shortly be changing e-mail providers and there is a small possibility that, during the transition process, some messages to us may not get through. We expect this to take no more than a day at the very most, but if you do receive a non-deliverable message – or don’t receive a response from … Read more

Job opportunity at Atlantic College

In these troubling times there may be some light at the end of the tunnel for the right person: https://www.atlanticcollege.org/discover/careers/current-vacancies They are looking for a Seafront Coordinator, someone who has the skills and experience to lead groups in their amazing seafront location and also plan and prepare for the future of seagoing from Atlantic College!

Cwm Llwch car park closed

I noticed in passing yesterday that the Cwm Llwch car park is closed “until further notice”, so any groups planning to access Pen y Fan from there will need to find alternatives (e.g the National Trust car park at Cwm Gwdi or the farmer’s field at Cwmcynwyn, both of which are open at present).

Dinas Rock Car Park closed from 24 Sep

We have received the following message from Natural Resources Wales: “In line with new Covid 19 local lockdown restrictions affecting Rhondda Cynon Taff, and bridge maintenance works scheduled to start on 28 September, Dinas Rock car park will be closed to vehicles for the foreseeable future, starting from 24th September”. Any groups using the Sychryd … Read more

South Wales Lockdowns

The local lockdowns announced recently in Blaenau Gwent, Bridgend, Caerphilly, Merthyr, Newport and Rhondda Cynon Taff will all affect outdoor activity to some extent, since the general guidance for visitors is that “you can drive through these Counties without stopping but cannot visit them without reasonable excuse”. Our understanding is that no-one may visit these … Read more

Rhondda Cynon Taff Lockdown

The lockdown in RCT that takes effect from 6pm on Thu 17 Sep will affect outdoor activity taking place in the County, including Dinas Rock and Sychryd Gorge (which are both entirely within the County); the River Hepste (inc. Sgwd yr Eira) and the Mellte Gorge south of the Hepste confluence (since both rivers form … Read more

Early Bird Tickets now available for our practical ‘Gorge-Walking and Covid-19’ workshop on Tue 15 Sep!

Paid-up SWOAPG Members (and their employed staff) can book now for: Gorge-Walking and Covid-19: A Practical Workshop for Providers and Instructors to Share Good Practice, Tue 15 Sep 1-4pm at Dinas Rock – £10 for one person per business / organisation if booked by midday Fri 11 Sep (£20 each for additional staff or for … Read more

Activities and Covid-19: NEW Workshops for Providers and Instructors to Share Good Practice

Firstly, this is a ‘final reminder’ of our free, online Zoom session, open to ALL Outdoor Activity Providers and Instructors in South Wales – Tuesday 8 Sep 3.30-5pm – to share experiences, lessons and ‘good practice’ for the whole range of outdoor activities operating in the new and unfamiliar environment of social distancing (RSVP using … Read more

Toilets in Dinas Rock Car Park

We have been informed by NRW that the temporary toilets in Dinas Rock Car Park are due to be removed on 7 September, so Providers will need to make alternative toileting arrangements for their clients after this date (NB the Village Hall remains closed for the time-being).