The Elements

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Ridge walk – All day

Physically one of our toughest challenges, the ten mile walk along the ridge with all the ups and downs means by the end of the day you would have climbed a height greater than Snowdon! This is a huge achievement requiring perseverance and a positive attitude with the bonus of some amazing views along the way.

Beacon walk – 3hrs

For those a bit younger why not take a stroll up to the Worcestershire beacon and learn some interesting facts about the Malvern Hills as well as making the most of those views.

Night walk – 1.5hrs

One of our many activities offered for an evening session on residential trips and a great way to burn off some of that excess excitement and energy. In the summer it is more about seeing the views whereas in the winter months the local counties provide quite a dazzling display from the street light and houses lighting up the towns beneath you.

Abseiling – 3hrs

Off site in the local Tank Quarry we have two equally challenging abseils, both descending down a sixty foot face of granite. Following tuition from our highly qualified staff, participants will be taught how to use the equipment and with guidance and support as well as encouragement from their peers take on the backwards walk down the rock face.

Grass Sledging – 3hrs

Again off site this time towards the south end of the ridge, we use the ground of Eastnor Castle to sledge without the snow. A fun way to appreciate the effects of gravity, different angles of slope and different weight of riders enable the investigation of simple physics concepts into a practical reality outside the classroom; it’s also great fun!Grass sledges have low friction caterpillar tracks and are equipped with brakes so participants can ride them as fast or as slow as they please. This is a firm favourite with our Special Educational Needs groups.


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Canoeing – 3hr

Canoeing gives a great introduction to water sports for everyone. When lashed together in pairs canoes are highly stable and suitable for nervous or special needs groups. More advanced groups might choose to use them as a craft to journey down some of our local rivers on a river trip. All of our water sport activities use high quality craft and participants are provided with a buoyancy aid and paddle.

Kayaking – 3hr

Using the centres’ fleet of kayaks at a local lake or river location as appropriate, these sessions provide an introduction to the sport for the novice paddler. Participants have the chance to try and learn how to control their boat before setting out on a small journey or playing a range of kayak based games.


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Low level ropes – 1.5hr

Our low ropes course is built amongst the trees and offers an extensive range of obstacles. Balance and co-operation are key features in this activity. Working with a partner the challenge is to make your way around as many of the challenges as possible, while your partner supports and assists as best they can. The average height is just 0.5m from the ground and elements include rope swings, balancing logs and nets.

Zip wire – 1.5hr

Our excellent aerial runway starts from a platform up in a big oak, and then glides through the trees before ending at ground level. The zip wire allows people to feel that adrenalin rush and all important sense of achievement in a safe and controlled environment.
All our high level activities are provided by qualified trained staff and
are checked daily as well as annually checked by a professional engineer.

King swing – 1.5hrs

Safe in knowledge that you are clipped on, wearing all the safety equipment, and that the ropes and systems have been checked twice, it still takes considerable bravery to take that step off the platform and swing back and forth through the trees. This is a larger than life swing. Although other group members can lend their encouragement and help with landings, this is a highly individual and memorable challenge.

Poles course – 3hr or 1.5hr

Made up of four different activities you can choose whether you want to do a three hour session on as many as possible, or take the activities on separately in an hour and a half.

The high poles course includes a Jacobs’s ladder, Quad pole, Trapeze jump and high balance beam all of which encourage teamwork and self-confidence. Others in the group will be needed for support and encouragement as well as belaying those ascending the poles, before they have their go at following them skywards.

High Level Ropes and High Bridges – 3hr and 1.5hr

One of the first of its kind our high level ropes course is set amongst the trees rather than poles, and gives a great sense of adventure. Under expert guidance groups are shown and taught how to use the equipment before taking to the trees where the instructors join you to make sure you are doing everything correctly. A course of eight different elements awaits you thirty feet up in the air, take on what you dare!

For the youngsters we offer the high bridges, which are the first two elements of our high ropes course. Again harnesses, helmets, belay systems and advanced steel wire safety systems ensure you cannot fall, a couple of great activities for facing any fears of heights.

Climbing – 1.5hrs

A unique set of 10 metre high artificial rock pinnacles and a 12 metre wooden face makes climbing at the centre a safe and challenging experience. Throughout the session a high level of involvement is maintained, whether you are climbing or on the ground encouraging and helping to belay your peers. This is a team activity as well as an individual challenge.


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Problem solving, Team work and Initiative challenges – 1.5hr

‘The Black Hole’, ‘Spiders Web’ and ‘Team Beam’ are just some of the problem solving exercises designed to test and develop ingenuity, co-operation and leadership.
Using basic equipment and following careful briefings clients are set challenges which require them to share ideas, plan and work together to achieve the goal set. The problems are a good mix of physical and mental challenges.
Long used by management trainers and the armed forces, these activities are just as enjoyable for corporate and youth groups as well as the youngsters.

Nightline and Tunnels – 1.5hr

Also known as the blindfold trail or confidence course, groups work in pairs taking turns to instruct their blindfolded partner around the course. There are tyres and tunnels to climb through, not forgetting the rather tricky spiders web of bungee cord. Immense fun and very educational: a great way to develop support, trust and communication skills.

Target sports: archery and rifle shooting – 1.5hr

Great activities for personal improvement, in a single session novices can progress considerably. Both sessions offer a different style of activity from the high adrenaline challenges.
The centre’s archery range and equipment can cater for all levels of ability offering a fun and dynamic activity session.
On our all-weather shooting range, .117 air rifles are used with a variety of target sizes. Students are taught to respect weapons and the strict codes of discipline involved in the sport of shooting.

Orienteering – 1.5hr

With a large site and sloping woodland surrounding us, we are in an ideal orienteering location. Orienteering is a great way of acquiring and developing valuable map reading and navigational skills. The centre has a range of graded courses, providing opportunities for all ages and experience.

Bush craft – 1.5hr

A fantastic session for getting back to nature, Bush Craft allows for social skills to be developed around a camp fire and encourages team work and co-operation whilst building shelters. This is a session that will further life skills, teach best practice around fires and give groups the chance to learn about knife work. Our beautiful nature reserve provides a great location for this activity. The session can progress on from Forest School or can be tailored to individual group’s needs; in particular this is a great activity for KS1 and KS2.