Cynefin – The UWTSD Centre for Outdoor Adventure Education
Cynefin sits on a magnificent green site on the outskirts of Carmarthen, just 20 minutes’ walk from campus. The site is sheltered and secluded with a diverse range of natural habitats and access to waterways and footpaths. The centre’s location is perfect for learning about outdoor adventure education.
It has direct access to the river Towy; the Wales Coast Path passes through and a Forest School and bushcraft area have been developed along with a campsite.
Cynefin is also home to a huge wildlife area that is part of a site of special scientific interest (SSSI). With support from the Woodland Trust, we have planted nearly 1000 trees on the site, willow maze and areas of wildflowers.
The newest development is the professionally built mountain bike skills area and pump track. The site is continually developing to meet the needs of riders of all ages and abilities. Soon it will be possible to cycle off road from Cynefin to the Brecon Beacons. We are now working with local canoe clubs to further improve access on to the river, which would allow us to paddle from Cynefin to both the Gower and Pembrokeshire coasts.
Cynefin provides students the unique opportunity to develop their own skills and interests and to work alongside the local community. The site offers scope for a range of activities from an introduction to cycling to advance mountain biking, from basic navigation to technical rope skills, from an introduction to paddle sport to advance water safety and rescue. All of which allows us to make better use of our time at the amazing venues in the nearby National Parks and beyond!