7th July 2020 – After months of being cooped up at home, Plas y Brenin National Outdoor Centre are excited to announce their plans to reopen and get people back into the outdoors, starting from 13th July 2020.

Shake off the stresses and strains of lockdown amongst the mountains and lakes, all under the expert guidance and supervision of world-class instructors, as Plas y Brenin welcomes guests back to the centre for 1:1 instruction, epic adventure days with household groups, and other family experiences – all available from their Bryn Engan site, just five minutes’ walk from the main centre, which will remain closed to the public for now.

The re-opening of Plas y Brenin comes at an exciting time, as 33% of people have taken an interest in nature since lockdown began, while 55% agree they want to spend as much time in nature as they can, according to a recent poll by The National Trust.

While recent YouGov research shows 74% of Britons exercising more often during the lockdown, with the majority of this consists of Brits popping out for a walk (55%) it is clear that people are benefiting from the effects of being in nature. Plas y Brenin, in the heart of beautiful Snowdonia National Park are excited to add to those opportunities to get outdoors through a wide range of adventure experiences including guided mountain walks. Other activities include days of rock climbing, abseiling, stand-up paddleboarding, canoeing, kayaking and guided mountain biking; the perfect escape into nature for individuals, couples, and families.

Ruth Hall, chief executive at Plas y Brenin, said: “Lovers of the great outdoors across the United Kingdom have been deeply affected by the implications of lockdown measures introduced to control the spread of coronavirus. Many will have had adventures planned that they’ve been forced to put on hold, and we’ve certainly missed welcoming customers to Snowdonia to teach them essential outdoor skills and share some incredible experiences with them. We couldn’t be more excited to announce our reopening from Monday 13th July, with a raft of new safety measures in place to ensure the continued safety of all. We’re adopting a phased approach to re-opening the centre and hope to return to completely normal operations as soon as it is safe to do so. We look forward to welcoming you all back to Plas y Brenin, where we’re ready to get you back outdoors for experiences you’ll never forget.”

The safety of guests and instructors remains the highest priority so Plas y Brenin have adopted a phased approach to opening as well as introducing new measures so you can enjoy a safe adventure experience.

Subject to confirmation that the regulations are updated on 9th July as alluded to in the First Minister of Wales’ statement on 19th June, Plas y Brenin are taking bookings for private instruction and family or household groups from Monday 13th July.

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 Notes to editors:

Since 1997, Plas y Brenin has been operated on behalf of Sport England by the Mountain Training Trust, a not-for-profit charity founded by the British Mountaineering Council, Mountain Training UK and Mountain Training England. The charity was founded specifically to run the centre, and in doing so ensure the continued delivery of world-class training while encouraging more people to get active in the outdoors, regardless of their abilities or experience.

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About Plas y Brenin and the Mountain Training Trust  

Plas y Brenin National Outdoor Centre was founded in 1955 and is a world-renowned provider of adventure sports training. From a base in the scenic heart of Snowdonia, Plas y Brenin’s work is focused on developing inspiring coaches, instructors and leaders in adventure sport, be they volunteers or working professionally in the sector, to better support people, from all backgrounds, to get active in the outdoors.


The centre also offers an extensive programme of personal skill development courses in rock climbing, hillwalking and mountaineering, kayaking, canoeing, sea kayaking and mountain biking. The centre also delivers a diverse and vibrant events programme, with adventure talks, environmental lectures, mountain safety lessons and sector-leading conferences.


Owned by Sport England, Plas y Brenin is operated on their behalf by the educational charity, the Mountain Training Trust (MTT); a not-for-profit charity founded by the British Mountaineering Council, Mountain Training UK and Mountain Training England. The charity was formed specifically to run the centre and ensure delivery of world-class training and encourage more people to get active in the outdoors, regardless of their abilities or experience.


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