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Outdoor Learning in Wales

Wales is divided into three regions, each of which includes a National Park and one of the three Welsh Outdoor Charter Groups. (These are grass roots movements set up by local practitioners to help them look after their ‘office’ and are open to any practitioner operating within Wales). North Wales (the Heart of Adventure) stretches from northernmost Anglesey to the southern boundary of the rugged Snowdonia National Park; from the wild western coast of the Llyn peninsula to the English border and includes Gwynedd, Anglesey, Conwy, Denbighshire, Flintshire, Wrexham and northern Powys. This area has given rise to the North Wales Environmental Outdoor Charter Group. South-West Wales includes Ceredigion, Carmarthenshire, Swansea, Neath Port Talbot and of course Pembrokeshire with its glorious Coastal National Park (the only one in the UK) which is looked after by the Pembrokeshire Outdoor Charter Group. South-East Wales covers the Vale of Glamorgan, Rhondda Cynon Taff, Merthyr Tydfil, Newport, Blaenau Gwent, Torfaen, Monmouthshire, Bridgend and southern Powys and includes the beautiful silent reaches of the Brecon Beacons National Park. Practitioners here and from further west set up the South Wales Outdoor Activity Providers Group. Wales has a long tradition of providing Outdoor Learning for people of all ages and abilities. Providers here have a strong commitment to sustainability (environmental, economic and cultural) and inclusivity. They also celebrate the opportunities that a vibrant Welsh culture offers to all.

The voluntary committee represents IOL in your region, get in touch with us. We wish to represent your views.

Wales Regional Events

Wales Regional News

Cambrian Way: Walking trail from north to south Wales recognised
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Cambrian Way: Walking trail from north to south Wales recognised

A 280-mile walking trail linking north and south Wales has been officially recognised.

The Cambrian Way from Conwy in the north to Cardiff in the south could take about three weeks to complete in one attempt.

It was drawn up by rambler Tony Drake from Stroud, Gloucestershire, about 50 years ago.

Mr Drake, who enjoyed walking in Wales, died in 2012 and left money to Ramblers Cymru to finish the work he started.

Ramblers Cymru worked with landowners, councils, national parks and trusts to gain access and get official recognition for the route.

"The entire path is around 74,000ft of climbing, the equivalent of summiting Everest two-and-a-half times through the middle of Wales," said Oliver Wicks from Ramblers Cymru.

"We have currently completed waymarking the route up to and including the Brecon Beacons and hope to have completed the entire route by the new year."

Starting from Cardiff, the route takes in the Black mountains, Brecon Beacons, Devil's Bridge, Barmouth and Snowdon before reaching Conwy.

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Wales Committee

Wales Co-ordinator - Lun Roberts

North Wales Chair - Jenny Wilson and Graham French (Joint)

South Wales - Tom Partridge

Mid Wales - Nick Winder

South West Wales Chair - Sam Swift

South East Wales Chair - Craig Armiger

Wales Treasurer - Sheryl Confue

Iolo Williams - IOL Ambassador for Cymru

Iolo Williams - IOL Ambassador for Cymru


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