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Spring Special – Sea Kayak improver course

Started thinking about getting out on the sea again but feeling a bit rusty?

Then come and join our 4 week Spring special training course.

Each session will incorporate a journey of some type plus look at different aspects related to sea kayaking.

– Trip planning

– Rescue skills

– Equipment

– Navigation

– Boat handling skills

Where: Venues will vary from Anglesey, Menai Straits to the Llyn Peninsular. These shall be chosen depending on weather conditions that week.

When: Saturday April 1st & 22nd, May 6th & 20th.

Booking: Contact us via email or by phone 01286 650643 (please mention Spring Special Sea Kayaking course)

Availability: Places are limited to 4 persons.

Cost: £45 per person per session (normally £70) or book all four sessions for only £170.

(Courses will run with 4 persons).



Our Bunkhouse in North Wales, is just outside the village of Waunfawr and only a 5 minute drive from Mount Snowdon and the footpaths of Snowdon Ranger and Rhyd Ddu.

We are ideally situated for most outdoor activities. Whether you wish to cycle, ramble, rock climb or kayak it’s all close on hand and if the weather happens to interrupt your plans don’t be put off as the area teams with history & culture (from Princes and Castles with myths of old to Artists and Poets capturing both new and old) and of course the scenery never changes just because of a little rain!

Pentre Bach Bunkhouse


We converted our stone barn in 2001 to provide self catering accommodation for outdoor enthusiasts into an alpine style bunkhouse and with a “Real Ale” pub only a 10 minute walk from the bunkhouse what more could you wish for?

The bunkhouse is split over two floors; the ground floor has a cooking area (with gas burners, microwaves, fridge and freezer, all pots/pans cutlery provided), seating and a dining area.

The second floor is used for sleeping and can accommodate up to 16 on mattresses on five sleeping platforms 2(5)s 1(4) and 2 (1)s. Bed linen and pillow case provided you just need your sleeping bag.

Toilets with washing facilities, showers and a drying room are provided in separate blocks across the yard.

Bikes can be stored securely under a shelter next to the bunkhouse plus we are happy to provide water for bike cleaning.

Dogs are welcomed but owners must check that fellow guests are happy with this and they must sleep downstairs (otherwise they will need to sleep in owners vehicles).

Activity Instructors available to run courses from introductory through to skill improver in Kayaking / Canoeing / Sea Kayaking, Rock climbing and hill walking.

Bunkhouse Cost £14 per person per night.

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Camp Site

Camping on this small campsite iScout summer camp with Bach Venturess suited to anyone who enjoys the peace & quiet of the countryside. Walkers, outdoor enthusiasts, cyclists, bikers, one night bookings, all welcome.

Only tents are allowed, no caravans or trailer tents. Dogs are welcome at no extra cost provided they are kept under control. Please mention when booking, failure to do so may result in being refused due to numbers.

The camp site is set back from the main road with access via a 200 metre drive and is sited in approximately 1 acre next to the main house.

Toilets, washing facilities with hot water and showers are shared with the camping barn in separate blocks behind the main house. No extra charge for showers.

Easy access is gained to the many local footpaths and bridleways to the foothills of Snowdon.

Prices: Adult £7, Children 0-4 free, 5-14 £3.50 D of E and Scouts £5

Access Statement: (Pentre Bach Bunkhouse & Camping Site)

Terms & Conditions


Camping Barn: A deposit of one night is required to confirm your booking. The balance being due one month prior to your stay.

Bookings made within one month to your proposed stay must be paid in full.

All cancellations must be made by telephone or email with 21 days notice. Deposits are non-refundable. The balance will be refunded if we manage to re-let the accommodation.

All breakage’s and damages must be paid for in full prior to departure.

Accommodation must be left clean and tidy, and vacated by 11:00 am. Access to the Barn is normally from 4:00 pm onwards to allow for cleaning.

There are no curfews but we ask that people respect others staying in the accommodation, us and our neighbours.

Camping: Again one nights deposit is required to secure your booking. The balance being paid on arrival. Durations more than three days must be paid in advance.

Special events


2016 is Wales’ Year of Adventure

Throughout Wales you will find a wide variety of Adventures you can take part in. Why not join us for your Adventure.

Coasteering along the Anglesey coastline


Gorge scrambling in an ancient rainforest

Descending gorge with Bach Ventures

Kayaking or canoeing in beautiful surroundings


Kayak & Sea Kayaking Courses

We offer a variety of Kayak and Sea Kayaking Courses in North Wales where we make the most of our location with easy access to spectacular lakes, interesting moving water and of course the stunning Welsh coastline of Anglesey and the Llyn Peninsula with its hidden inlets, islands and wildlife.

All of our instructors are British Canoeing qualified coaches who live to kayak and love to pass on their passion of these great kayaking sports.

Whether this is your first time discovering the joys of kayaking, you wish to improve your kayaking or sea kayaking skills or just wish to share the experience with others while exploring new environments then choose from one of our kayaking or sea kayaking courses below or call to discuss your specific requirements.

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Discovery Courses

Kayak / Canoe Taster Session
(1/2 day course – £50 per person)

For those wishing to try kayaking or canoeing for the first time. This is a fun session for everyone, individuals / families / friends.

You will be introduced to the basic strokes, enabling you to get around.

This session may be on a local lake or a sheltered bay.

Pre-requisite• none, the ability to have fun!

Course Dates – run when you wish. Just give us a call.


Introduction to Kayaking Course
(1 Day course – £80 pp / 2 Day course £150 pp)

This course goes further than the l/2 day taster session, concentrating more on stroke work but still being introduced in a fun way.

Having looked at basic strokes we will explore support strokes and simple methods of rescue.

The 2 day course will include a simple river or estuary journey where we will be able to work on the strokes developed on day one.

Pre-requisite: none


Introduction to Sea Kayaking Course
(l Day course – £80 pp / 2 Day course – £l50 pp)

Aimed at those who have some kayaking experience. This course looks at boat handling skills and the differences from river boats, simple sea safety, route planning and tides.

The 2 day course allows you to build on the basic skills by putting them into action while on a simple journey along our stunning coastline.

Pre-requisite: Ability to manoeuvre a kayak happily, (2 star level).


Improvers Courses

Kayak – Moving Water skillsKayak courses in North Wales
(2 Day course – £l50 per person)

Day l
The course starts with looking at your current skills and looks at techniques to improve them. We then proceed to introduce the new skills necessary for dealing with moving water (ferry gliding – moving across the river, breaking out/in from eddies).

Having new skills to play with we will find an appropriate stretch of river to test these out.

Day 2
Back onto moving water to consolidate the skills learnt on Day l.

Pre-requisite: Ability to manoeuvre a kayak happily, (2 star level).


Improvers Sea Kayaking Course
(2 Day course – £150 per person)

Aimed at those who already have an interest in sea kayking.

Day 1
Having determined your current skills we develop a program to improve them. We will also explore topics such as edging, the effect of wind on your boat and simple rescues.

Day 2
We will start with some seamanship skills (tides, weather, route planning) then head out and explore more of our spectacular coast line using those techniques learnt the day before.

Pre-requisite – Ability to manoeuvre a sea kayak happily. (2 star level).


Explorer Courses

Guided Sea Kayak TripsGuided sea kayak trips with Bach Ventures
(1 – 2 day trips available – price on request)

You’ve heard about the beautiful coastline of Anglesey and the Llyn Peninsular and would like to explore it but feel unsure to do it on your own.

Then why don‘t you speak with us about where you’d like to go and explore.

We are happy to take guided trips of up to four persons out for one or two days, we could even do an overnight camp.

Pre-requisite: A good balance of general kayak skills (2 star level).


British Canoeing Personal Performance Awards (old Star awards)

For those wishing to gain personal qualifications in kayaking or canoeing we offer the new BC Personal Performance awards

The Paddle Awards are for those new to paddlesport, enabling you to develop the skills to feel confident and safe on sheltered water in your chosen paddling craft. So whether you’re getting into a boat for the first time or looking to develop your skills, there’s something for everyone!

Awards take place in sheltered water enabling progression at your own pace and confidence level, whilst developing both your understanding and skills in the exciting world of paddlesport.

Start – Your first time on the water ‘having a go’! A fun and enjoyable practical session, introducing you to paddlesport. Learning useful skills for an enjoyable paddling experience, providing you with the knowledge to enable you to get safely in and out of your boat, making it move and return to your start point, ensuring you feel safe and confident on the water.

Discover – Taking you on the next steps towards becoming an independent paddler, for a fun and safe time on the water. Developing an understanding of the factors which affect your paddling; developing your decision making
and practical skills, giving you confidence on the water.

Explore – this award gives you ownership; allowing you to choose where you move next in the world of paddlesport. Working with a coach you will
be able to develop a programme that suits what you need. Learning to make confident choices with this individualised approach. This award recognises your ability to independently paddle your chosen craft in a sheltered water environment.

We offer these courses in either kayak or canoe

From here the scheme is discipline specific, we offer the Sea Kayak award (old 3 star.)

We offer this as a 2 day course with continual assessment throughout.

If your requirement isn’t covered by the above please contact us as we are happy to tailor a course to your specific requirements. The main thing is get out there and enjoy.

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Adventure Days

Are you looking for a challenge? Trying to organise something different from the norm for your family or friends or struggling to organise your friends Stag or Hen party?

Then why not join us on one of our adventure activities.

We offer Gorge Scrambling, Coasteering and Sea Level Traversing.

All brilliant activities exploring either hidden gorges in Snowdonia or the stunning coastline of Anglesey.

Costs: from £45 per person for main activity, this can be extended to full day £70 pp. 10% discount for group of 10+

Click below to get full details

Gorge ScramblingGorge Scrambling with Bach Ventures

Working together we make our way up the gorge, rock hoping, traversing around pools or sometimes going straight through them!

The gorge is divided into a number of levels split by waterfalls and pools each providing its own challenge.

The “Elephants Bum”, the “Narrows”, and the “Washing machine” to name but a few of the enticing challenges that you will meet.

A great activity for all ages and sizes!

Coasteering with Bach VenturesCoasteering

This activity is spent as much in the sea as on the rocks just above it.

We traverse along the coastline only a few feet above the sea encountering a number of challenges on the way. We continue until we either fall in or just jump in an continue by swimming.

A great way to see the coastline and its wildlife from a different view point!

Sea Level TraversingBach Ventures Sea Level Traversing

We traverse along the shoreline just above the waves however this time if we encounter gaps we can’t jump across we make use of Tyrolean traverses to continue our journey.

Getting wet is always an option but here we try to restrict that to nearer the end of your session.

If this has whetted your appetite then give as a call or email to chat through your options.


Schools & Youth Groups

Our aim:

To provide opportunities which challenge our groups both physically and mentally via a program of adventurous activities in a safe and controlled manner.


Bach Ventures is licensed by the Adventure Activities Licensing Authority, License number L16435/R1493 and is licensed to provide specified activities under the following headings: Climbing, Trekking, Watersports.

License details can be confirmed by calling The Licensing Authority. Tel: 029 2075 5715


Rock climbing & abseiling, kayaking or canoeing, gorge scrambling, coasteering & sea level traversing, trekking, orienteering, team building and raft building. All these activities offered allow the group’s instructor to develop our core aims to help challenge your participants.

Each activity allows us to concentrates on : Personal development, Communication Skills and Team Work.

Program 1
GCSE PE              –
Day 1 Day 2 Day 3
Group 1 Mountain Walk Sea Level Traversing Micro Navigation
Group 2 Mountain Walk Gorge Scrambling Micro Navigation
Program 2
Multi ActivityCourse
Day 1 Day 2 Day 3
Group 1 Rock Climbing &Abseiling Canoeing / Local Walk Gorge Scrambling
Group 2 Gorge Scrambling Rock Climbing &Abseiling Canoeing / Local Walk
Group 3 Canoeing / Local Walk Gorge Scrambling Rock Climbing & Abseiling


The above programmes are just examples of courses we have run for other schools and youth groups. Only following discussion with yourself shall your programme be created to ensure your requirements are included.

Activities can easily be linked to curriculum subjects (eg. Geography, History, GSCE PE).

Courses are offered on a non residential basis. However we can offer self catering accommodation on-site in our bunkhouse or for those wishing a real experience by camping on our small 1 acre site.

There are a number of off-site providers we recommend; namely the Snowdon Ranger Youth Hostel (sitting at the foot of mount Snowdon) or the Bryn Gwynant Youth Hostel.

To discuss your requirement please contact us either via email or telephone: 01286 650643.


General Information
Insurance: Our cover relates to third parties and public liability. You are advised to take out your own insurance to cover accident, injury, loss of possessions and course cancellation.

Risk Assessments: We are pleased to provide copies of our risk assessments and operating procedures on request if required.

Prices: Group rates given on request, includes one free staff place per group of 12 students.

Bach Ventures would like to remind you that participation in outdoor pursuits is fun but does involve an element of risk. That although at all time you will be under the guidance of qualified instructors, participating in outdoor activities can be hazardous as all activities are dangerous and accidents can occur.


Being in North Wales we have some of the best rock climbing in Britain on our door stepBach Ventures Intro to Rock Climbing Course. From classic beginner rock faces to challenging mountain and sea cliff crags the choice is endless. Choose from below or give us a call to discuss your own tailored course.


Climbing Taster Session (1/2 day course – £100 for two persons)
For those wishing to try climbing for the first time. This is a fun session for everyone, individuals / families / friends.

Pre-requisite: none, the ability to have fun!



Introduction to Rock climbing (2 Day course – £150 per person)

Going further than the ½ day taster session.

We take you through climbing techniques, belaying, and rope systems.

By the end of this fun course you’ll see whether you have a head for heights!

Pre-requisite: none



Rock improvers (2 Day course – £150 per person)

This course is especially suited to those who have climbed indoors or those who have had some experience of outdoor climbing and wish to further their knowledge.

Looking at rope techniques, selection of anchors and belaying systems.

Pre-requisite: previous experience of climbing

Prices are based on two adults, individual courses or shorter/longer courses are available. Please enquire for specific details.




Hill Skills and expeditioning

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Ever fancied learning more about navigating on the hills and mountains then join us where we look at the necessary skills needed

  • understanding maps
  • how to calculate how long it will take you
  • use of technical aids (phones, gps, ipad)
  • how to chose a route for the day depending on the weather, your team and fitness
  • what should you carry in your group for those what if moments

Navigating can be fun and it adds to your day in the hills.

Expeditioning (2 days, 1 night)OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA
For those wishing to do multiple day journeys in the hills and mountains.

Topics covered

  • tents
  • stoves
  • food and cooking techniques
  • racksack packing

Tents, stoves can be provided.

We are happy to combine the navigation and expedition courses together.

Ever fancied seeing what the view is like from the other side, then join one of our sea kayaking or canoeing expeditions.

You must be able to handle the chosen craft up to BCU 2 star standard.

You will be looked after by BCU qualified coaches who will offer advice while paddling but the emphasis is on the journey this is not a coaching course.

Give us a call to discuss your requirements.


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Destinations: Anglesey, Scottish Slate Isles, Scottish Summer Isles