In April 2014 Essex Boys and Girls were thrilled to take over Maes y Lade, a residential adventure centre in Wales.IMG_6444

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 63 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 and Layer Marney Outdoors back in Essex.

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 and have been going strong ever since.

For more information or a look around the centre please contact:

Email: maesylade@essexboysandgirlsclubs.org
Maes y Lade office: 01497 847236

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