The view from Caernarfon to Snowdonia
One of best activities we did at Avery hill was the outdoor pursuits trip to Plas-y-Brenin.The trip was designed to give aspiring P.E teachers the chance to experience outdoor education ,something that was entirely new to most of us.Those of us that did the course ,I know ,went on to lead trips for students around the country and abroad.The course was one of the final events of year one, a real treat.
The centre then was pretty basic but the instruction was first class and pushed many of us to the limit,of endurance.Activities included: rock climbing,abseiling,canoeing,hiking,map reading,orienteering ,skiing, wild camping caving ,swimming and optional activities included walking to the pub and drinking beer .We were all issued with basic equipment such as boots,waterproofs and climbing helmets.
Sadly I can’t remember the hills and rock climbs(some severe) around Plas-y-Brenin,so if anyone knows them add them to the comments and I’ll add them later. On my second visit I left my climbing helmet at the centre ,the instructor was not very happy.Another valuable lesson learned.
The hike we went on was about a day.Warm enough to take in some wild swimming.
I remember one particular hike .Some of our group had trouble with blisters so along with the instructor,we had to hike to get the centre mini bus.It was a fast hike, so that the rest of the group didn’t have to wait too long.We took a short cut across a field with cows.Up on a hill was a bull which we pointed out to the instructor.”No problem ” he said .The bull disappeared ,my friend and I retreated back over the fence.(It was more of a dive)The instructor saw what we had done .He turned, only to face a charging bull.It was hilarious to see him sprint towards the fence and dive roll over.(you had to be there)
Somewhere in Snowdonia a great experience.
If you have any experience of Plas-y-Brenin please share.Hard to believe it was 40 years ago.These blogs are mainly for recording my experiences for my family as I get older so no names have been added.