Outdoor activities for young people in the Shropshire Hills
The Shropshire Hills have a well-deserved reputation as a fantastic place for children and young adults to experience the great outdoors – and there are lots of opportunities for outdoor activities, especially for young people looking to complete their Duke of Edinburgh Award.
The area offers just the right conditions for trekking and expeditions, with rugged hills and extensive moorland. But, at the same time, the Shropshire Hills are more accessible than high mountain areas.
That’s why there are several outdoor activity specialists in the area, catering not just for school and youth groups, but also, specifically, for young people wanting to complete their Duke of Edinburgh Award.
Chris Hughes Multi Activity Services is an Approved Activity Provider for the Duke of Edinburgh Award and is geared up to supporting Bronze and Silver expeditions in the Shropshire Hills and Gold expeditions close by, as well as providing supervision and assessment in climbing, trekking and water sports.
The company can also organise group activities for young people, featuring a range of different activities, including abseiling, archery, hill walking and bushcraft.
Oaker Wood Leisure has been working with teachers and youth groups for more than 14 years and can tailor activities to meet each group’s individual needs, ranging from fun activity days to team development days or combination of the two. Team Building Activity Days and Camping Residentials all help social development and learning in a practical environment.
Long Mynd Walking provides assessment for Duke of Edinburgh Bronze, Silver and Gold Expedition Awards, as well as providing Gold Expedition First Aid Training for groups – all on the Long Mynd. The company also organises residential activities, based around the Duke of Edinburgh Gold Award and run in partnership with the National Trust, at Carding Mill Valley, and Womerton Farm Bunkhouse.
Gateway Outdoors is an accredited outdoor activity provider, based in Shropshire and can organise customised expeditions and other activities for both large and small groups.
The Edge Adventure is accredited by the Council for Learning Outside the Classroom and creates great day experiences for school groups, as well as longer stays, all with a customised package of activities. The Edge Adventure has become a trusted centre for schools across the country to come and enjoy a wide variety of activities. The Centre can accommodate all group sizes, ages and abilities, whether is it a day trip or a residential stay.
A number of centres offer a range of activities for families with children.This product has been developed as part of the Shropshire Hills Tourism Cooperation Project, funded by the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs under the auspices of the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development. The project is delivered by Gravity Consulting Ltd on behalf of Shropshire Hills and Ludlow Destination Management Partnership.