(2021) Introduction to the Codes of Conduct for Gorge-Walking in Waterfall Country

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This course by South Wales Outdoor Activity Providers Group (SWOAPG) will introduce you to, or refresh you about, the Codes of Conduct for Gorge-Walking in Waterfall Country.

It will explain:

  • SWOAPG’s role in promoting sustainable behaviour by gorge-walking groups;
  • why the natural environment of the gorges is so sensitive and why gorge-walking groups need to ‘earn a welcome’ by landowners and the local community;
  • a summary of the rules and advice that gorge-walking groups should follow – and what will happen if they don’t;
  • some ‘good practice’ suggestions for operating in the gorges with Covid-19 precautions;
  • how to obtain further information; and
  • how to sign-up as a SWOAPG Member (to gain access to the gorges under the terms of the Concordat) or Subscriber (to receive e-mail alerts for ‘critical’ (e.g. safety-related) issues relating to activity provision within the Brecon Beacons and South Wales).

Once you have completed this course, you must also complete one or both of the following courses to allow you to access the gorge(s) under the terms of the SWOAPG Waterfall Country Activity Access Concordat:

  • (2021) Using the Sychryd & Lower Mellte Gorges
  • (2021) Using the Upper Mellte Gorge
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What Will You Learn?

  • After completing this course you will understand the importance of complying with the Codes of Conduct for Gorge-Walking in Waterfall Country
  • And will be ready to complete the individual courses for using the Dinas Area (covering the Sychryd and Lower Mellte) and Upper Mellte for gorge-walking

Course Content

Introduction to the Course
This topic will explain some of the features of the 'Learning Management System' we're using to host this course

  • Navigating our ‘Learning Management System’

The Waterfall Country Activity Access Concordat and Environmental Charter
This topic will explain the role of South Wales Outdoor Activity Providers Group in promoting sustainable behaviour by gorge-walking groups in Waterfall Country.

Why the Waterfall Country gorges need to be treated sensitively by gorge-walking groups
This topic will explain why the natural environment of the gorges is so sensitive and why gorge-walking groups need to 'earn a welcome' by landowners and the local community.

Codes of Conduct, Rules and Advice
This topic will summarise the rules and advice that gorge-walking groups should follow - and what will happen if they don't

Gorge-Walking with Covid-19 Precautions
This topic will introduce some 'good practice' suggestions for operating in the gorges with Covid-19 precautions

Any Questions?
This topic will explain how you can find more information if you have any questions about the SWOAPG Waterfall Country Activity Access Concordat or the Codes of Conduct for Gorge-Walking in Waterfall Country

Sign-Up to SWOAPG
This topic will explain how you can sign-up as a SWOAPG Member (to gain access to the gorges under the terms of the Concordat) or Subscriber (to receive e-mail alerts for ‘critical’ (e.g. safety-related) issues relating to activity provision within the Brecon Beacons and South Wales)

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