Wales Outdoors owner Andy Lamb also organises and manages a very successful Life Drawing group. This group, Cardiff Life Model Collective, supplies models to all further education colleges across South Wales, from Newport and Ebbw Vale in the East to Port Talbot and Neath in the West. The group also delivers twice weekly drop in sessions in Cardiff.
Becoming more popular are life drawing events for stag and hen parties and Cardiff Life Model Collective provide models for these events across South and Mid Wales and the South West. The group regularly work in Cheltenham, Bath, Bristol, Exeter and Cardiff as well as private houses across Wales and the South West.
Dana Inglehart, a film student, made this short for us. Thank you Dana! The film details a process of inducting potential new male models to the world of Life Drawing for Hen Parties. This was shot in a basement bar in a pub in Bristol in March 2017.
Join Andy, the Wales Outdoors owner, on Monday 29th May for a gorge adventure in Mid Wales.
He will be returning to the gorge near Llanwrtwd Wells for a spot of floating, swimming, scrambling and jumping in the almost cave like canyon that has no comparison to the rivers of South Wales.
Kit is provided for this small group adventure, just eight Adventure Activity South Wales client places which are very keenly priced at £25pp.
We haven't been to this location for a while as it's a fair hike but it's well worth the travelling time. And there's a great cafe nearby too :)
Here's what the event page says:
'This is my favourite gorge activity, an adventure in Mid Wales that has no comparison in South Wales, so, well worth the drive. The gorge here is narrow with some deep water and steep sides. It is not swimming however, more of a float in an otherworldly environment. We have a late start so as to allow for travelling to Abergwesyn and the gorge itself is a short trip that can be extended by reversing it. Down is easy, upstream is more technical and requires the group to assist each other. All kit is provided, so wetsuits and buoyancy and helmets. Trainers are fine for this activity. There is a good cafe nearby and that will be the meeting point. See you there :)'
The Wales Outdoors owner is seriously thinking of booking this for a few days sometime soon, for a busman's holiday with a few friends.
Andy met the owner of 266, Dianne, and had a guided tour and was very impressed both with Dianne's welcome and enthusiasm as well as the cottages charm and amazing facilities.
Dianne has though of absolutely everything, from the spa slippers through to hot tub and children playground. Check out the photos and video and for a group of up to eight people Wales Outdoors recommends this accommodation as a base for adventure activities in South Wales.
Wales Outdoors has been making short videos of activity delivery for six years now. Some years a fair few videos have been made and other years none at all.
We don't outsource video production, it's all done in house so please don't expect Hollywood production levels. These are simply fun shorts made to offer a taster of the stuff that we get up to.
Follow THIS LINK to go to our youtube channel and all of the videos we have produced.
Andy, the Wales Outdoors owner has a few videos currently in mind and will likely be adding more to the youtube channel over the next few months. They will of course feature in individual blog posts here as they are uploaded.
We hope you enjoy viewing our short films and appreciate that we have not monetised them. We don't get on with advertising and if an advert pops up in advance of a video we rarely wait to skip. Not everything is about money...
Mountain Biking And The Brecon Beacons National Park
Wales Outdoors was the first Mountain Bike Hire service in South and Mid Wales. Opened by Andy Lamb the Wales Outdoors owner in 1995 from his home on Sarn Helen in the Brecon Beacons National Park, just a few miles from Libanus, the Wales Outdoors Mountain Bike Hire point was stocked with some of the best reviewed mountain bikes of the time and a state of the art workshop. Andy maintained the bikes and led group rides.
There was a problem though. The Brecon Beacons National Park wanted to shut Andy's bike hire point down. They were, at the time, against mountain biking in the Brecon Beacons, believing that there would be conflict between cyclists, walkers and those horse riding.
Planning for Andy's small business, despite living on a farm and having one hundred yards from his house a holiday let farmhouse that was set up for group use, a sawmill, sheep sheds/barns and a Brecon Beacons National Park supported and funded mobile deer slaughterhouse (was a waste of money and disappeared after a couple of years with few deer being slaughtered), was turned down.
However, Andy, not one to give up easily, demanded a meeting with Martin Fitton the executive officer of the BBNP and at this meeting explained that he had been running the cycling business for a year without complaint. Permission was temporarily granted after Andy made a strong argument against the authorities planners and for the encouragement of rural business development.
Today the BBNP actively encourages mountain biking, bikers being one of the key demographics targeted on behalf of local tourism business'.
The issue here is that if a planning authority, and that is what the BBNP is, have little understanding of something, then, they are, by default, against it. Concerns of confrontations between cyclists and walkers never materialised. Time and effort dealing with planners was wasted time, effort and money.
The cottage that Andy owned at the time is now a holiday let - more about that next week...
Andy Lamb, the owner of Wales Outdoors will be leading the fifth in his series of walks in the Brecon Beacons taking in the parks 2000ft peaks next weekend.
You can RSVP at the EVENT PAGE HERE!
This is what it says on the event page:
'Andy will be leading the first monthly hill walks of the year over all of the 2000ft peaks of the Brecon Beacons National Park. He last did this as a series of walks back in the day when he was a part time warden and guided walks and volunteer co-ordinator for the Brecon Beacons National Park.
Starting in the West the walks will work, month by month, Eastwards, from Moel Gornach to The Black Mountains.
These are all mountain days and so appropriate clothing, footwear and a packed lunch is essential. Pen y Fan to Waun Rydd:
Meet at 9.30am at MacDonalds on the A470 at Cyfartha Retail Park or at 0845 sharp at Cardiff Museum steps if car sharing.'
Wales Outdoors have an active and informative Facebook feed. The Wales Outdoors instagram and twitter posts feed directly to the Facebook page and so it's the best place to receive outdoor news, amazing photos and to stay in the loop with events.
All of the Wales Outdoors events are photographed and there is an album for each here.
And all of the events run through Adventure Activity South Wales, so discounted adventures, you will find here.
This blog also feeds to the Wales Outdoors Facebook page, so, one place for all Wales Outdoors content :)
So, what you waiting for? Like the page and enjoy daily updates to our adventure news and chat.
Who doesn't like a massage? Well, there can't be many!
Andy, the Wales Outdoors owner, has been an aromatherapist since 1993. In fact this was his first option as a self employed small business owner. He had a practice in Brecon for a couple of years and has maintained a small client list since.
Adding to aromatherapy Andy qualified with a Manual Lymphatic Drainage ticket in 2009 and he has continually added to and tweaked his massage provision.
Andy offers home visit treatments at reasonable cost and says:
'After a long day on the hill it's great to jump in the shower and then have an hour long massage to ease those aching limbs. Aromatherapy Massage utilises plant hormones to effect change in the human body and relaxing oils are usually chosen for a post hill walk massage.'
Book your massage by visiting The SkinWorker and choosing your treatment, mailing Andy with your preferred dates and times and Andy will get back to you with confirmation.
Wales Outdoors owner Andy Lamb will be leading a backpacking weekend next weekend and will tomorrow be planning the location and route with those attending the pre expedition planning and training session in Cardiff. The weekend will be a continuous journey and will include two nights of wild camping.
This is what the event page states:
'The location and route will be planned at the intro to backpacking workshop on the morning of Saturday 6th May -ht tps://www.meetup.com/Adventure-Activity-South-Wales/events/237674309/ - and I'll update this page with the details when known. This will be a two night backpacking trip, so a continuous journey with wild camping, likely in the Brecon Beacons but it could be in Pembrokeshire or on the Gower. We will be leaving early evening on the Friday and returning late afternoon/early evening on the Sunday.
All kit can be provided apart from food and personal walking clothing. A full kit list will be posted on the 7th May. This walk will be led by mountain leader Andy Lamb and will be a chance to avoid the crowds and get out into the wild spaces with a small group of walkers new to expedition trekking.'
You can RSVP HERE!