Adventures Wales, Porthcawl

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  • We had a day of Gorge Walking booked with Adventures Wales for 11 of us. In the lead up to the event the company was excellent with us as we messed them about quite a bit with changing dates and numbe...  more »
  • Newport Uskmouth Rotary Club with help from Dr Barnardos Officers take Young Carers for trips as a thank you for all they do looking after siblings and parents.It is great fun and they have a wonderfu...  more »
  • Sunday day activity on a 3 day stag do. Absolutely brilliant fun. Instructors were superb, knowledgeable and made everyone feel easy. Would recommend to anyone.  more »
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  • Fantastic place, suitable for all ages! Definitely recommend
  • 3.5 Stars. We went Canyoning with Adventures Wales. Pros: -Plenty of attention to safety/best practice. -Not bad communication prior to the event. -Guides were reasonably friendly, if occasionally a little officious. -Unexpectedly varied (i.e. almost caving at times). -Prices OK - neither cheap nor expensive. - Great location and setting. Cons: -No pictures! We have no record of the day. Other organisations bring a waterproof camera along and will take pictures of you. Really surprised that they don't offer this as basic complementary service. Big shame. -Wouldn't accept BACS (like every other outdoor activity provider I've ever used... and there have been quite a few, as I run a group) and you can't pay by card on the day. Kept on saying "give us your card details over the phone, it'll be fine". They're not dodgy, but it is, unarguably, an insecure method and I did find their attitude pretty unhelpful. -Litter and rubbish in the river. Not their fault, but when there are bottles bobbing around your head in the water, it's not nice. Needs a good cleanup. -Some of it was a bit tame/slow paced. That said, as someone who scrambles and climbs regularly, my tolerance is probably higher than your average member of the public. + We were quite a big group. Neither/Nor: - A lot of the provided kit was on its last legs. Still did a job. -Distance to the canyoning site was 20-30 minutes' drive. Better to meet there directly rather than at the centre as all the kit could fit in the van. On the whole, not bad, but could be easily improved. People seemed to enjoy it.
  • Six of us visited the centre on 9 July 2017 travelling from the Southampton area. My partner had booked a days coasteering with Adventure Wales Activity Centre at my request approximately 2-3 weeks earlier. We arrived at the centre to be told that we would be going gorge walking instead. When asked why we were told that conditions weren't suitable, as a result of the tides. Given that tides can be predicted years in advance it was extremely disappointing that AWAC didn't think to advise us of this when booking, at the very least to recommend that we check it ourselves, bearing in mind we didn't know the part of the Welsh coast we would be taken to. The more cynical would conclude that the centre took our money with no care as to whether we would be likely to actually go coasteering or not. This was certainly the impression given to us by the member of staff on the day. The centre were adamant they had contacted us two days prior to let us know we couldn't undertake the activity but this was not true. No discount or even apology was offered to recognise this failing. Furthermore we were spoken to in a condescending manner. We went gorge walking and ended up having a nice experience, more as a result of being in a nice location, with friends, doing something adventurous. We also warmed to our guide for the day; Rob, who did his best with a group of people who preferred to be doing something else. In summary we were conned into paying for an activity that the centre knew we wouldn't do or couldn't be bothered to check we would be able to do. The centre protect their position by caveating all correspondence with the risk that you may go gorge-walking. Short-sighted greed by management and we won't be returning and would advise friends not to either.
  • good fun! ( gorge walking )
  • Great fun, we had a lovely chap called Jack take us round and he was the perfect combination of fun and safety conscious. Well worth the cost for Gorge Scrambling. Highly recommended.
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