This weekend, Gwilym has been on The Quantock Hills and at Steart Marshes delivering a Lowland Leader Training course.
Keen candidates, lovely weather and all just a few miles form the office. Over the weekend they saw some Deer, Lapwings and many more of our British Wildlife
This weekend Gwilym has been on The Quantock Hills and the Steart Marshes running a Lowland Leader Training course for 6 candidates. A mix of hills on day one and a maximum of 10 metres of ascent on day 2 gave various opportunities for learning the skills required to be a good leader in those environments
Yesterday and Today, Mark was out with 6 Bridgwater and Taunton College students delivering a Lowland Leader Training on our behalf. A day on The Quantock Hills and a day on the Somerset Levels gave loads of opportunity for teaching. Thanks also to Robin who was along to observe and help out
This weekend, Gwilym has been running a Lowland Leader Training course on the Blackdown and Quantock Hills. 6 candidates from Wellington School put in some great efforts negotiating mud and rain over the 2 days. All are now looking forward to getting the extra days in whilst preparing for assessment.
This weekend Gwilym has been up on The Quantock Hills with a group from Abbey School in Reading. This was an introduction to off road riding and the group of 10 girls and 1 teacher enjoyed mud, puddles, sun and rain over the two days. A great time had by all even though they got pretty wet yesterday afternoon.
Today Dan was out delivering a MIAS Level 2 assessment for 7 candidates on the Quantock Hills.
The day started at Cannington Activity Centre where the candidates spent the first session being assessed on trail side maintenance and planning their leg for the afternoons assessed ride. The afternoon was spent riding a 16km route on the Quantocks, each candidate took turns to lead a 2km leg.
I am pleased to say that all 7 passed and left the day with a 'next steps' development plan.
Gwilym was out for day 2 of the Lowland Leader Training on behalf of Andy Holborn with the Quantock and Mendip AONB volunteers today but this time around the Quantock Hills. It is the 80th anniversary of Trig Points (but it turns out that it was actually yesterday) so they thought they should probably go to the one 400m from the carpark before we did anything else. A mixture of woods and more open ground on nice big tracks or smaller muddy trails. We saw all kinds of bird life today including Stone Chats and Sky Larks and loads of tadpoles in a puddle
This group are going to be out and about soon offering guided walks in their respective areas and their local knowledge is really good so watch out for this service starting.
Dan was back out on the Quantock Hills today running day two of the MIAS Level 1 and Level 2 training course. It was another stunning day with blue skies and little wind. The whole day was spent covering the practical elements of the course and the assessment at Level 1. This included: warm up and skill development activities, navigation and route planning, leadership techniques on technical terrain and preparing a group for a ride.
All the candidates passed their Level 1 and left with development plans for their consolidation period before coming back for assessment at Level 2.
Today Dan was working for us delivering MIAS (Mountain Bike Instructor Award Scheme) level 1 and Level 2 training course based in the Bridgwater Area. The weather forecast for the two day course is excellent with sunny spells and little wind.
The day started at Cannington Activity Centre where they had a classroom booked for the morning to cover the theory element of the course. This included the remit of the awards, the role/responsibilities of the leader, group and leader equipment, bike anatomy and basic trailside maintenance. This was followed by a session covering correct bike fitment, pre ride checks and warm up activities.
After lunch they headed over to Ramscombe in the Quantock Hills AONB to go for the first main ride of the course. This afternoons ride covered leadership styles and techniques, assessing the terrain (non-technical and technical), riding on various terrain including the road, non technical and technical terrain and activities to improve riding technique.
Today Dan was out delivering the second day of the Mountain Training Hill Skills course to the 6 candidates from the Quantock Hills and Mendip Hills AONB services.
The day was based from Triscombe on the Quantock Hills.
Movement techniques on steep ground started off the day by making their way up onto Wills Neck (highest point on the Quantocks).
Over the rest of the day we covered more basic navigation skills, effects of weather, using an emergency shelter, the moorland environment, risk management, relocation techniques and walking on bearings.
This all took place during a steady 18km route taking in the northern commons and the forests of Cockercombe and Ramscombe.