Adventurous school groups are welcome in the Teifi Valley

School group adventure

At The Long Barn we’ve got enough to keep you busy. Exciting adventures for groups of all ages can be found just 10 minutes from our door. Whether it is white water rafting or an exploratory jaunt to the only known Roman gold mine in the UK.

What you can expect to get up to:

On the water.

We’re very lucky to be located just 10 minutes away from LLandysul Paddlers. They offer a ton of different water based activities brilliant for team building. You can take your school group out in kayaks on the lake, or brave the rapids for a more thrilling excursion. More daring groups can enjoy coasteering, suitable for ages 8+. There are also more gentle options such as taking a ‘flat water trip’ which will see you in canoes relaxingly floating down the beautiful lower Teifi Gorge. With opportunities to admire the local flora and fauna whilst you paddle. And there’s rock climbing available too, if your group prefers a dry activity. For all these activities you can expect a guide with a wealth of knowledge about the river or the rocks, who will ensure that your group is safe at all times whilst getting the most out of your session.

kayaking at Llandysul

 

Into an ancient gold mine.

Also nearby is a very historically important mine. Dolaucothi is the only known Roman gold mine in the UK. The first instance of gold mining at Dolaucothi dates back over two millennia to around 74AD. Today the site is owned by the National Trust, offering tours through this fascinating slice of history. Your group can learn about the techniques used by the Romans in the age before power tools or machinery. Most of the gold mined in this era would have been with pickaxes and hammers. But the use of innovative methods meant the Romans could get around this problem.  Thermal energy was harnessed to split rock without tools, as well as some more destructive tactics that played a part in shaping the landscape as it is today.

School groups Dolaucothi Mines

Up mountains.

And of course just a short drive away you’ll find the Cambrian Mountains, providing a shed loads of opportunities for school groups. Be it slow guided walks through the nature filled scenery or orienteering to build important real life skills. The mountains have much to choose from with walks for all skill levels. Perfect for learning about the area’s ecology, geography and history in what has been called Wales’ last wilderness region. There are even rare sights to be seen such as the redwoods of Brechfa.

Sheep on mountains

Our Hostel.

We’re based on our  working organic farm with a stunning view of the Teifi Valley. We’ve got ample room for school groups, sleeping 31 in the bunkhouse.  Plus there’s a separate annex lodgings for teachers. While the bunkhouse is on a farm that doesn’t mean it has to be a boring experience for groups, our indoor games area remains a popular addition for winding down in the evenings. It’s a  great place to play cards, chat or conduct team meetings. We’ve got a shower block, and yes they’re hot! With a laundry room to keep fresh whilst adventuring.