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Cliff Camping and Afternoon On The Edge FAQs

All the things you might like to know...

Hopefully any questions will have been answered here, but please just ask if you’d like more info!

What is it?!

Sam was climbing on a 600 metre wall in Venezuela. They slept on portaledges (or, portable ledges) for 2 weeks. This was one of the highlights of the trip for him- he felt it gave a unique perspective, and thought it’d be brilliant to share this experience with others.

The portaledge is attached to the top of the cliff with climbing equipment. It’s extremely strong, and securely attached. It’s attached 3 metres below the cliff top. Participants can either climb down or abseil onto it. Participants are always tied in with a rope, even when they sleep. It’s a very safe activity, even though it looks a bit daunting!

90% of participants have never even seen a rope before, and have no mountain/climbing experience at all. We’re well used to working with folks who haven’t done anything like this before, it’s why we started offering it! Essentially, you just need to know that you want to do it, and it’ll be fine!

People are often a little nervous to begin. Then, they realise that they’re totally safe, and can take in the whole experience. It’s funny, as it goes from being quite scary to completely relaxing, and all within 20 minutes.

Once you’re ready, we’ll serve you your meal (details listed lower). For those just staying for lunch / dinner, we’ll bring you back up when you’re ready (normally after 2 hours), and then head back.

For those staying the night, we’ll bring you back up after you’ve watched sunset, and you can stretch your legs and go to the loo if needed. Then, when you’re ready, you can head back down with your sleeping stuff. In the morning you can have breakfast either on the ledge, or at the top. After breakfast, we’ll head back to the cars, returning for around 09.00.

The night

Let’s be honest, if you’re looking for the best night’s sleep you’ve ever had, this probably isn’t the place to find it, but that’s not what people come for! Come for a truly unforgettable night of open skies, shooting stars, moonlight glistening on the water, the sound of waves lapping (or sometimes crashing) below, fresh air on your face. A real adventure that’s surprisingly accessible.


Where

We run the Afternoon on the Edge and Cliff Camping experiences at the same location.

Saint Gwenfaen’s Church, Rhoscolyn, Anglesey, LL65 2SQ.

Here’s the map. (You may see signs to the White Eagle pub as you travel – it’s right next to the church)

We park just by the church.


When

For a LUNCH time meal and An Afternoon on the Edge  we meet at 11.30

For a DINNER time meal and An Evening on the Edge we meet at 17.30

For Cliff Camping we meet at 17.30


What to bring

Here’s the kit list. 


What’s on the menu?

Our normal main meal consists of… (this is for afternoon/evening on the edge, and cliff camping)

  • Spinach and ricotta ravioli, and tomato sauce
  • Cheese, crackers, grapes, and a small bottle of red wine
  • Chocolate, crisps, and olives for snacks

Breakfast normally consists of…

  • Pastries
  • Muffins
  • Fruit

Our hot drinks…

  • Tea
  • Herbal teas
  • Coffee
  • Hot chocolate

Does this sound okay? Please let us know if you’ve any problems or dietary requirements. We have provided gluten free and vegan meals for folks before – it’s not a problem, as long as we have prior warning!


Safety

Your safety is our number one priority. You are always securely attached, it’s just as safe as abseiling or rock climbing. We will be on hand at all times to ensure everyone is safe, relaxed, and relishing the experience. This is what we do, and we are good at it!

The Weather

From a safety perspective, the weather doesn’t matter too much. All participants are given a waterproof bivvy bag (and sleeping bag hire can be arranged), and the ledge has a flysheet, so you should be warm and dry regardless. If the weather is a bit wild, it adds an extra dimension to the experience!

As with anything in the UK, the weather can’t be relied upon! We only run these adventures from late April to late September, as the weather is better, it’s warmer, and it’s lighter.

That said, the venue we use is fairly reliable for good weather – it’s why we chose it. Anglesey sees much more sunshine than anywhere else in North Wales, and weather systems clear through quickly.


What about the bathroom?

Unsurprisingly this is one of the first questions people ask! Before heading to the cliff for the night there is an opportunity to use a real toilet which we strongly recommend.

Should you need to go during the night it’s not a problem. You won’t be far from the top of the cliff and it’s just a case of climbing back up with the help of your instructor. Wild wee!

It’s really important that we all tread lightly on the amazing places we visit. With this in mind we do not leave any human waste at the wild campsite.

Is there a minimum age limit to participate?

There is, and it’s due to insurance purposes.  10 years old is the minimum age for participants, but younger children are more than welcome to come to the venue, as long as somebody is able to look after them, and stay with them at the top.

Where can we leave our car overnight?

We leave our cars parked next to the church. Rhoscolyn is a small, quiet village. We’ve never heard of cars being broken into, but obviously can’t guarantee their security.

Getting there without a car

Lots of participants travel up on the train. You just need to get to Holyhead train station, they run from Euston, here’s the link. It’s a 10 minute taxi ride from Holyhead to Rhoscolyn.

What’s the walk to the cliff like?

Lovely! It’s a 15 minute gentle walk down to the crag, passing through fields of sheep. Trainers are fine, though if it’s a bit damp then boots are best. The last 50 metres will see you scrambling over some rocks.