Gorge Walking is a fun, safe, enjoyable activity that involves climbing up or walking down a river bed.
You may also need to jump into deep clear pools or slide down waterfalls during the course of your day. We have two gorges that we use depending on age and ability.
Try Nant Y Frith for starters where the famous "Welsh Marmottes" live.
Or try Cynwyd for a bit more of a challenge. Slides and jumps galore.
What is Gorge Walking
Canyoning/Gorge Walking (known as canyoneering in the U.S.) is traveling in canyons using a variety of techniques that may include walking, scrambling, climbing, jumping, abseiling, and/or swimming.
Although hiking down a canyon that is non-technical (canyon hiking) is often referred to as canyoneering, the terms Canyoning/Gorge Walking and canyoneering are more often associated with technical descents — those that require rappels (abseils) and ropework, technical climbing or down-climbing, technical jumps, and/or technical swims.
Canyoning/Gorge Walking is frequently done in remote and rugged settings and often requires navigational, route-finding and other wilderness travel skills.
Canyons that are ideal for Canyoning/Gorge Walking are often cut into the bedrock stone, forming narrow gorges with numerous drops, beautifully sculpted walls, and sometimes spectacular waterfalls. Most canyons are cut into limestone, sandstone, granite or basalt, though other rock types are found. Canyons can be very easy or extremely difficult, though emphasis in the sport is usually on aesthetics and fun rather than pure difficulty. A wide variety of Canyoning/Gorge Walking routes are found throughout the world, and Canyoning/Gorge Walking is enjoyed by people of all ages and skill levels.
Canyoning/Gorge Walking gear includes climbing hardware, static ropes, helmets, wetsuits, and specially designed shoes, packs, and rope bags. While canyoners have used and adapted climbing, hiking, and river running gear for years, more and more specialized gear is invented and manufactured as Canyoning/Gorge Walking popularity increases.