Useful Links and Online Resources


 

Association of British Climbing Walls

ABC works with the BMC to promote good practice at climbing walls

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AWE Outdoors

A UK based mail order and internet retailer of outdoor clothing footwear and equipment inclduing brands such as Karrimor, Buffalo and Montane. Excellent offers available and advice only a phone call away.

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Banana Fingers

BananaFingers' climbing equipment is supplied by the leading manufacturers from around the world. offering climbing shoes, chalk bags, ropes, belays, carabiners and all other equipment by brands including Five-Ten, La Sportiva, Evolv, Rab, Pod, Wild Country, Metolius, Petzl and more.

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Betws y Coed

This is the official web-site for the Betws-y-Coed & District Tourism Association. All members provide accommodation in or around Betws-y-Coed.

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British Orienteering federation

BOF is the officially recognised national governing body for the sport of orienteering in the United Kingdom. It was formed in June 1967, and became a company limited by guarantee in 1982. Uniquely, BOF is a national governing body where every elected official, at all levels, and most members of staff, are active participants. Orienteering is a sport run by orienteers for orienteers.

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British Trust for Conservation Volunteers

For all those dry stone walling holidays

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British Wave Ski Association

The British Waveski Association (BWSA) is an independent non-political, non-profit making organisation and is run by a voluntary committee for the mutual benefit of all members. The aim of the BWSA is to promote the sport of Wave Ski riding in all its forms using all means open to it and the BWSA actively engages and negotiates with local authorities and other official bodies as required to develop, protect and further the interests of the sport.

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Canoe and Kayak

Online Home of Canoe and Kayak Magazine. Find out what's in the next issue, subscribe online, pick up tips on technique, check out the gallery or treat yourself to a back issue.

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Chain Reaction

Great UK online cycling shop, Both Mountain Bike and Road. Sells all kinds of parts, equipment and clothing at rock bottom prices. Fast, dependable delivery too.

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Colmcille Climbers Donegal Ireland

A group of rock-climbers based in Derry, Northern Ireland who climb in Counties Derry, Donegal and Antrim, and many other places in the north and south of Ireland. This website is designed to do three things: Provide info for people who want to climb locally. Provide news and info for members of the club. Amuse anyone who visits.

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Craigdon Mountain Sports

Craigdon Mountain Sports is a family run business based in Aberdeenshire. In all of their outlets and on their web based shop you'll find the leading outdoor brands, with enthusiastic and knowledgeable staff ready to advise you on a wide range of walking, snowsports and climbing clothing and equipment; as well as a huge selection of tents and camping accessories.

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Cycle Clothing UK

A great site for all cycling gear (road cycling and mountain biking). A great choice of clothing, shoes and equipment- easy to order and quick to arrive.

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Everest 1953

Loads of useful information relating to the British on Mount Everest. You will find a detailed record of the history and expeditions, from 1921 up to the present day. There are some amazing facts about Mount Everest and its climbers, some of which are hard to believe but true. Also a complete summiteers list of all the British climbers who have made it to the top of the world. There is a great gallery with some stunning photographs of Mount Everest to enjoy

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Find a climbing Wall

The BMC's excellent directory of indoor climbing walls. Find the nearest wall to you.

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Greenman Bushcraft

Find out more about nature's bounty, Greenman Bushcraft Ltd offers you a wide range of bushcraft and outdoor courses, including nature photography, wild food and wildlife watching. We can also provide bespoke courses and one-to-one tuition.
At Greenman Bushcraft you'll also discover a large selection of some of the best outdoor equipment that you can purchase today. Our product range is expanding all of the time and we even have a bargain basement, which is definitely worth checking out!

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HF Holidays

HF Holidays has so many wonderful holidays which await you, including breaks this summer and autumn. Whether you are looking for guided walking, self-guided walking, national or long distance trails, walking with a theme holidays, cycling or special interest holidays based in the UK, Europe or around the world, it is all in one place and all on this

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Kayaksurf Portugal

Everything about surf kayaking. Great interviews (with english edition on PLAYAK), awesome pictures and an huge LINK list! All the great names of wide world kayaking had already spoke to kayaksurf.net. Check it out!

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Lancashire Caving and Climbing Club

The Club has organised climbing meets most weekend and caving every fortnight. These are usually in the Lakes, Peak, Dales or North Wales, but venues futher afield are also regularly included. Members also organise trips abroad eg. Sardinia, Kalymnos, Peru. Accommodation for full weekend meets can be camping, other club huts, or at one of our own two club huts near Coniston and near Blaenau Ffestiniog. There are indoor meetings during the winter, with films, slides and lectures on all aspects of caving and climbing, involving wellknown speakers as well as our own members' efforts.

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Librance Extreme Sports Clothing

An online colthin company selling brands like Billabong, Quiksilver, Roxy, Nixon etc. Free UK delivery on all items.

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Lloft OT

Lloft OT is a detached, stone built holiday cottage on a quiet side road in Capel Curig The cottage is equipped to a high standard and sleeps up to 4 people. It is ideally located for exploring the spectacular surroundings of Snowdonia and as it is so close to Plas y Brenin makes and ideal choice if you are booked on a non-residential course at the centre or attending an event where accommodation is not included.

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Mount Everest The British Story

For all facts, stories and events concerning the British on Mount Everest, we will provide all the answers. On this site you can learn about the British on Mount Everest, from their first expedition to their modern expeditions of today. Includes history, summiteers list, facts and a gallery.

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Mountain Days

Dedicated to rock climbing, mountaineering and hill walking in the UK and beyond. Includes news, weather, gear, routes, gallery, downloads and comprehensive links directory.

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National Parks

Official site for the National Parks Authorities, links to all individual Park websites plus lots of additional information

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North Wales Wildlife Trust

The North Wales Wildlife Trust is one of 47 Wildlife Trusts across the UK and one of 6 Welsh Wildlife Trusts. Our vision is a North Wales rich in wildlife and enjoyed by all.

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Ogwen Valley Mountain Rescue

Ogwen Valley is the most northerly of the main valleys in the Snowdonia National Park, North Wales, UK.

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Pete's Eats

"possibly the best caff in the world"
Based in Llanberis this legendary eating place has a rich history in the UKs outdoor culture.
For countless years these guys have been efficiently and affordably refueling hungry climbers, paddlers, bikers and walkers. A visit to Petes Eats is a must for all outdoor enthusiasts visiting the area and the obvious choice for locals.

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Risk Taking

Gives a psychological perspective on why people enjoy kayaking and other "high risk" sports. Also includes information about other types of risk taking such as drug taking, stressing that they should not all be treated the same.

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Rivers Access Campaign

Access to rivers is a concern for us all, even wading in a river that has no access could mean that you are committing trespass. One of the purposes of the Rivers Access Campaign is to raise awareness of the access issue on inland waterways in England and Wales , and as it develops this website will be come an important vehicle for gathering and passing on information about the campaign.

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Sea Paddler

The website for all sea kayakers. If you enjoy sea kayaking, and feel that you would like to share your experiences and knowledge, then these guys want your contributions and ideas. The site includes tips, both for sea paddling and coaching from experienced coaches, quality photos submitted by users, descriptions of quality worldwide 'classic paddles', and paddling guides, articles about paddling, book reviews of available publications, video clips of skills and locations.

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Siriol Lifestyle Limited

Based in Pontardawe in the beautiful Swansea Valley, South Wales, Siriol Memories provides it's customers with high quality, bespokehome decoration products including digital wallpaper, canvas prints and photographic prints. They pride themselves in paying attention to their customers bespoke needs, e.g. non standard sizes.

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Sleep Monsters

All the latest news and information on Adventure Racing worldwide, from major international events to one-day sprints.

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Southern Trekking and Mountaineering Club

STMC is a London-based mountaineering club, established now for 25 years, drawing its membership from London and the home counties. Our main activities are weekend meets which take place every two to three weeks in areas with hillwalking and/or climbing interest. The areas most frequently visited are North Wales and the Lake District, where extensive opportunities exist for all grades of hillwalking, scrambling and climbing, but we also visit a wide range of other areas, including the Peak District for gritstone climbing, and places such as Exmoor, South Wales, Yorkshire where the emphasis is mainly on hillwalking.

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Sport Tool Speed + Distance Performance Monitors

Recently launched the NAVMAN Sport Tool is the ideal companion to Walking and Nordic Walking activities, using GPS technology to monitor your pace and distance walked. Sport Tool models are also available designed specifically for alpine and watersports use.

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Surf Forecast

Great Surf site giving surf forecasts for all around the UK's coast.

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Tactical Things

Welcome to Tactical Things. Army surplus, including military, new army clothing and tactical equipment. All outdoor camping, army surplus gear and much more.

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The Legacy Royal Victoria Hotel

The Legacy Royal Victoria Hotel is uniquely placed on the edge of the Snowdonia National Park within 30 acres of our very own gardens and woodlands. Being cradled between two lakes Llyn Padarn and Llyn Peris as well as the Welsh mountains our location is quite simply breathtaking.

Just 15 minutes from the A55 North Wales Expressway, we are ideally located for both business travellers and leisure travellers wishing to explore North & Mid Wales, mountains & coast.

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The Little Adventure Shop

Great site packed with outdoor clothing, equipment and accessories for chilrden of all shapes and sizes. Worth a look for anyone taking kids into the outdoors

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The Snowshoe Company

The most successful snowshoeing company in Europe with highly qualified and staff, top quality equipment and a flexible, friendly approach. Packages available for all ages and levels of experience either as an alternative to skiing, or simply an addition to a ski holiday in France.

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The Welsh 3000s Challenge

In order to complete the Welsh 3000s Challenge you are required to have been at the top of all 15 of the mountains over 3000 ft in Wales within the space of 24 hours, without using any form of transport.

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UIAA

The UIAA is the international body to which all other associations such as the BMC belong

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Ultiimate Outdoors

Excellent website selling an absolutely massive range of outdoor clothing and equipment. All the usual gear along with harder to find stuff like Mountain Bikes, Tents, Ski Accessories, Snow survival equipment, running gear, travel accessories and a great array of 'sale' items.

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Wildlife Trusts

Website for the Wildlife Trusts of the UK. The leading conservation charity dedicated to all wildlife

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Wlidlife Watching Supplies

The right gear is essential for wildlife watching and photography. Wildlife Watching Supplies is a great place to find the right equipment and materials for wildlife photography. ideal for photographers, naturalists, birdwatchers and filmmakers who often find these unique products difficult to source.
Their wide range of products includes dome hides, bag hides, lens and camera covers and bean bags, all designed to allow you to get closer to your subject but still record its natural behaviour. their customers include wildlife photographers or naturalist, wildlife filmmakers and film production companies, the BBC, RSPB, Universities, Police units, Security companies and British Forces.

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Last Minute Discounts

Our Packed and Ready Discounts page always has some incredibe deals on offer. But you'll need act fast to take advantage of these bargains.

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Web-Only Offers

Holidays and Courses that are only available online.

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British Mountaineering Council Deals

Check out the latest rock climbing and hillwalking deals from our partner organisation The BMC.
Now includes a range of subsidised winter skills courses!!!!

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Got A Date Available - Need An Adventure To Match?

Find out what's going on at the National Mountain Sports Centre between any date range on this handy new search page

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Events & Talks In Our Bar

liev music, talks, lectures and presentationsWe welcome non-residents in our bar and there's always something going on from live music and events to guest lectures and slideshows. Check out what's coming up next here

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Here's What's Hot

BCU STUDENT SAFETY SEMINAR 18-19 OCT

BCU Student Safety Seminar 18-19 OctTwo days of information packed workshops, all you need to know to get your uni club out paddling.

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DUKE OF EDINBURGH'S AWARD SUBSIDISED COURSES

Duke of Edinburgh's Award Subsidised CoursesCheck out the latest subsidised courses for DofE volunteers

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THE BIG CHRISTMAS WALK

The Big Christmas WalkAfter last years sell out success we've got another Big Christmas Walk planned for the 13-14 Dec.

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ACCOMMODATION FOR CLUBS AND GROUPS IN SNOWDONIA

Accommodation For Clubs and Groups In SnowdoniaClimbing Clubs, Cycling Clubs, Canoe Clubs DofE groups or even just a gang of mates? Our handy self catering accommodation units make an ideal base for your adventures.

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FREE OUTDOOR TRAINING

Free Outdoor TrainingWe need people to act as 'mock students' for our qualification courses. Find out more here.

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SUMMER TIME WHITE WATER?

Summer Time White Water?Check out these great summer time paddling venues in North Wales

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GET FIT FOR THE ALPS

Get Fit For The AlpsPlanning an alpine ascent this year? Learn how to get fit for the physical challenge of Alpine mountaineering.

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TOP TIPS ON LOWERING OFF A BOLTED ROUTE

Top Tips on Lowering off a Bolted RouteBen Lawes gives you his top tips on how to get down from the top of a bolted route.

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SAFETY TIPS FOR NOVICE CLIMBERS

Safety Tips For Novice ClimbersIn our Top Tips section Instructor Louise Thomas highlights some vital safety considerations for novice climbers

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PLAS Y BRENIN CENTRE ASSISTANT SCHEME

Plas y Brenin Centre Assistant SchemeFind out what's its like to be a Plas y Brenin Centre Assistant.

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HOW TO GET YOUR OPEN BOAT GOING

How to Get Your Open Boat GoingA few simple tips to help you get a canoe off the bloack neatly

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JOIN US MOUNTAINEERING IN THE FRENCH ALPS

Join us Mountaineering in the French AlpsOur Alpine Mountaineering season is booking up now. Why not join us for the holiday of a lifetime?

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READY TO FACE THE MONSTER?

Ready to face The Monster?The Monster, our flagship Road Cycling weekend makes an ideal training platform for a sportif or etape.

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LOOK AFTER YOUR BOOTS

Look After Your BootsOur boots take a hammering so we asked the experts what we could do to look after them

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OUTSTANDING FACILITIES

Outstanding FacilitiesWe make sure everything at the National Mountain Centre is maintained at the highest standard. Check out our facilities page here.

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Up to 75% Funding For Outoor Training

Volunteer leaders can save up to 75% on training and assessment courses with our Future Leaders Fund. Ideal for Scout Leaders, Girlguiding volunteers, DofE leaders, youth workers and university club volunteers.

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Snowdonia Expedition Assessment Service

Plas y Brenin administers the Expedition Assesment Service for Cadair Idris, Rhinogs, Snowdon, Glyderau, Carneddau, Moelwyns and the Berwyns on behalf of DofE Wales.

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Weather Forecast, Tides and Surf Conditions

Find out what the weather's doing in North Wales over the next five days.

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