Coasteering - NW England

#1
Hoping that one of the Arrsers on this board can help me out.

I was lucky enough to go coasteering at the weekend. I am not the fittest of blokes, and part of the reason for that (IMHO) is that I no longer take part in regular organised sports. However, coasteering was ace, and I would love to do it again.

Had a quick shufty around google for coasteering centres closer to Liverpool - but couldn't find any. In fact, outside of Wales, the South West and the very North West of Scotland, there didn't seem any.

Does anybody know of any that are within easy shout of Liverpool?

Thanks in advance for any help received.
 
#5
I wouldnt bother trying it in the Leeds to Liverpool canal either, far too many shopping trolleys and racer bikes in the bit near to Bootle Strand.
 
#6
Bazzinho, I dont suppose you were part of a group of 30 that came coasteering on Anglesey on Saturday??

If so, that was my company that organised the coasteering for you all.

Cheers

Mark
 
#7
blurry said:
Bazzinho, I dont suppose you were part of a group of 30 that came coasteering on Anglesey on Saturday??

If so, that was my company running the coasteering for you all.

Cheers

Mark
I was indeed mate. It was absolutely nuts. Top sport - fun was had by all.

Few of us were really taken with it - but wondering what other places near us were available. If I can avoid a two hour cabbie each way every time I want to go, then I would prefer it.

Anyway, I would heartily recommend it to the house.
 
#9
Bazzinho1977 said:
Few of us were really taken with it - but wondering what other places near us were available. If I can avoid a two hour cabbie each way every time I want to go, then I would prefer it.
Trouble is there isn't really anywhere closer that isn't either flat and sandy or falt and muddy. You've got to go a reasonable distance in either direction before you find suitable coastline
 
#11
I have heard good things about these guys over there and the coasteering courses that they run as well as all of the other activities, the guy you would need to speak to is Keirion of adventurous experiences.
 
#12
Hi Baz

Good to hear that you had a good time coasteering in Anglesey, I think it would be fair to say that Wales is fast becoming the Mecca for coasteering
due to the nature of the rock and coastline.

I think you will find that the guys that you went with last weekend have been brought up it that area and developed that particular course over a number of years, and have quite a few others tucked away from prying eyes!!

Did they mention the adventure coasteering that involves a 160ft free hanging abseil over a sea cave where you RV with a Rib to be whisked from one coasteering venue to the next, the abseil is mind blowing!
 
#13
gmitch said:
Did they mention the adventure coasteering that involves a 160ft free hanging abseil over a sea cave where you RV with a Rib to be whisked from one coasteering venue to the next, the abseil is mind blowing!
I want to do it. Now. Sounds ace. Unfortunately, I might have to do a bit of prep work before then. Like, learning to swim.
 
#14
Hi Bazz been able to swim obviously helps however we have had quite a few non swimmers over the years, not been able to swim is not to bad as you have wet suits and buoyancy aids on, however with non swimmers its more about the fear of been in the water and that kind of environment.
 
#15
Yea Bazz, the abseil at Parliament House Cave is very fine indeed just as gmitch says.

Ill give P.C a call and see what else we can sort out for you all.

Cheers
 
#16
Couple of questions (if those who are in the know can help).

1. I want a decent pair of neoprene gloves - not looking to spend more than £25 - any suggestions?
2. I want an entry level wet suit - again, not looking to break the bank. Not as important as the gloves as I can borrow from centres when I take part. But I want to look all ally when I turn up. Which ones should I go for?
3. Good places to buy these from?
 
#17
Neoprene gloves are good for colder seas, I use a pair of Henry Lloyd winter gloves, get them from a boat chandlers.

My current suit is a Gul contour 5mm/3mm and even though Im pretty skinny I stay warm in this until the sea temps drop to 10 degrees.
5mm/3mm means it has 5mm thick neoprene on the body area, tapering to 3mm on the arms and legs.

For winter I use a Neil Pryde winter steamer suit, expensive but very warm and flexible.

I would say that 3mm thickness is the absolute minimum for summer UK sea temperatures.

Hope this helps.
Mark H
 
#18
Thanks Mark

I have been out and purchased a cheap wetsuit (for now) and some gloves.

Got the lot for under £100 with delivery and everything.

If I do carry on and continue with the swimming stuff, then I might consider splashing out on something more expensive
 
#19
slightly off topic, but having done some coasteering of my own around parts of Anglesey, is there any scope for this in a military AT context? I know it doesn't come under JSAT courses, but if for example i got a coasteering instructor qual would i be able to take people from my unit out coasteering?
 

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