What is gorge walking?

Gorge walking, or gorge scrambling, is the ultimate way to explore mountain streams – and you’ll have a lot of fun along the way. You’ll need an expert instructor for this activity: follow them as you teeter across narrow ledges, climb and hop from rock to rock, jump into pools and squeeze your way around narrow, water-filled valleys. It’s a real adrenaline thrill.

What do you wear gorge walking?

To feel and stay safe while gorge walking, it’s important to be kitted out. It’s worth checking with your organiser what you’ll need to bring, but this will generally include:

  • a swimsuit or trunks to wear underneath the wetsuit provided;
  • anything you want to wear over the wetsuit;
  • sturdy trainers or walking boots that you don’t mind getting wet;
  • a towel;
  • something warm and dry to change into afterwards. Don’t forget spare shoes – the ones you wear gorge scrambling will be soaked through.

The organiser will usually provide:

  • wetsuit;
  • helmet;
  • buoyancy aid.

Gorge walking in North Wales

With its varied, mountainous landscape, Snowdonia is a great spot for gorge walking.

Boulder Adventures and Ropeworks Active are based near the stunning Llyn Padarn in Llanberis, offering scrambling adventures around spectacular North Wales waterfalls and gorges. Sitting slightly further north in Conwy, Adventure Parc Snowdonia runs another stunning Snowdonia gorge scrambling experience.

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Gorge walking in Mid and West Wales

Offering exhilarating, remote gorge walking in the Welsh countryside, Adventure Beyond is based in Cardigan, making it a good local option if you’re in the west. Also based in Cardigan, Cardigan Bay Active also runs gorge walking in similarly secluded areas – from Aberystwyth to Dinas Rock.

A little further south, Swansea-located Rip N Rock run gorge walking sessions over in Glynneath. There’s a path that runs alongside the river, making this option great for families with younger children. The organisers set challenges along the way, culminating at the well-known Loonies Leap.

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Gorge walking in South Wales

Brecon Beacons gorge walking is a must if you’re in South Wales – where better to take part than an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty? There are many organisers to choose from; Blue Ocean Activities, Taff Valley, Adventures Wales, MonLife and Mountain And River Activities’ gorge walking experiences all take place in the stunning Brecon Beacons National Park. Expect steep, tree-lined gorges and breathtaking views.

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