Previously owned by Essex County Council and run for the last 30 years by Essex Youth Service and Essex Outdoors, the centre had been unused for a year and a half. We were desperate to save it to be used by young people from Essex, so we got the funds together and put our bid into the open bidding process. In April 2014 we were successful and were finally able to take over the site.
Maes y Lade is a converted Welsh Hill farm at the foot of the Black Mountains within the Brecon Beacons National Park, Wales. With 44 beds, in two self-contained buildings, plus outhouses, the centre is a fantastic asset to complement High Row, the 22 bed centre in the Lakes District which we lease.
The centre is in easy reach of the River Wye, the Brecon Beacons and limestone areas to the south containing some of the most extensive cave systems in Britain and both natural and quarried climbing areas. This local environment provides an area of outstanding natural beauty, and means we are able to offer courses of an adventurous and challenging nature including abseiling, mountain biking, rock climbing, caving, canoeing, gorge walking, kayaking and mountain walking.
After a lot of work to get the centre back into a useable state for groups, we welcomed the very first young people back to Maes y Lade on 30th June 2014. We are proud to say that 330 Essex teens will use Maes y Lade this Summer as part of their National Citizen Service.
Maes y Lade is run by EBGC’s David Hassard, who has made the permanent move to Wales with his family.
Please contact David if you are interested in making a booking or would simply like a look around – he always likes to see visitors!
Maes y Lade office: 01497 847236