Post Covid-19 Guidelines and Recovery Matrix for Adventure Sports and Provision in Wales

Following its earlier “Post Covid-19 Recovery Plan for the Outdoor Sector in Wales“, the Outdoor Alliance Wales  (led largely by WATO Members with contributions from SWOAPG) has now produced: The aim of this new document, which has been designed specifically for use by Outdoor Activity Providers, is to provide an ‘at a glance’ guide to … Read more

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

Dinas Bridge, Pontneddfechan Emergency Works – update

We have received the following update from Powys County Council: Powys County Council have now appointed a contractor (Kaymac) who will undertake a portion of the works at Dinas Bridge, Pontneddfechan. Our intention now is to undertake only the Emergency works rather than including the less urgent parapet repairs. The works will begin on the … Read more

Tickets now available for three practical ‘Activities and Covid-19’ workshops

Bookings are now open – with ‘Early Bird’ discounts for SWOAPG Members – 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 Mon 14 Sep (£20 each for additional … Read more

Activities and Covid-19: Feedback from our Online Workshop for Providers and Instructors to Share Good Practice

Our online workshop last week, for Providers and Instructors to Share Good Practice around operating with Covid-19 precautions, was well-attended and generated some useful discussion and ideas, including:  Clients are often very relaxed about Covid, so we need to remind them that others (including the public & other groups) might not be so relaxed Younger … Read more