About Preseli Venture
Preseli Venture is a Pembrokeshire Coast National Park based outdoor activity centre with over 25 years of experience. We specialise in providing adventure weekends, adult adventure holidays, and family adventure holidays to a discerning client base who return year on year to enjoy awesome adventures and lovely ecolodge accommodation in an inspirational environment.
We can provide you, your friends, your family or your team, with the perfect blend of adventure, fun and hospitality.
We can provide comfy and friendly accommodation at our eco lodge, right on the unspoilt and rugged north Pembrokeshire coast, surrounded by a fantastic outdoor adventure playground on the very western edge of Europe. Our aim is to show you an awesome time in outstanding natural scenery and ensure that you, and every one of our visitors, have an experience that will be remembered for a lifetime.
The Preseli Venture story
Preseli Venture was set up as an adventure venue in 1988 by Nick and Sophie Hurst; and quickly attracted a staff team comprising of Pembrokeshire aficionados addicted to spending time in their adventure zone and the wilderness environment. Our eco lodge and adventure activities are run by a team of professionals, who have a great respect and love for the natural world. Preseli Venture is managed systemically to provide a high standard of professional guides and instructors, adventure events, accommodation and food, and access to one of Britain’s last true wilderness areas.
Carefully designed with the specific group in mind, the outdoor adventure programs select the best venues for each activity on the spectacular north Pembrokeshire coastline, taking into consideration all the variables of weather, tide and sea conditions, plus the fitness levels and aspirations of the group. The result is a situation where you can excel at your own level. Patient and caring instructors will help you face new and exciting challenges and reach higher levels of personal achievement.
Friendships are forged, groups bonded, and people depart with their need for health, vitality and adventure replenished and their spiritual chemistry renewed.
In today’s chaotic world, Preseli Venture is structured to provide an “earth-grounding” experience with Nature. As technology increasingly removes us from our roots, we believe that renewing our relationships with the natural elements is immensely beneficial (both mentally and physically) and is proven to help reduce stress, re-invigorate and achieve a calming sense of “well-being”. Where else can you swim beneath awe-inspiring sea cliffs, in crystal clear waters, hang out with Atlantic grey seals and enjoy the fishing antics of north Atlantic sea birds up close and natural? And all this within a couple of hours travel time from major cities.
Sustainable Adventure Tourism
Preseli Venture has developed a model of sustainable adventure tourism over the past 25 years that is the ideal model to operate in a protected National Park area, where many coastal locations are designated as special areas for wildlife and conservation of sensitive habitats and by the very nature of the geography of the coastline away from the main towns, is blessed with tiny coves and harbours which offer little space for parking vehicles.
To read about our model of Sustainable Adventure Tourism in Pembrokeshire please see our blog
All our business activities have sustainability at their core
Here we explain how we operate sustainably in our business operations of the ecolodge accommodation and the adventure activities, and by our culture of promoting public transport and community resilience.
Eco lodge accommodation
The Visitwales graded 5 star Preseli Venture eco lodge is low carbon, utilises renewable energy in the form of a ground source pump (run on green electricity) to generate heating and hot water, and photovoltaic panels to generate electricity, is highly insulated and built out of polystyrene formwork, recycles almost everything, and reduces food waste and other consumable waste. Considerable investment has been made in a modern bio-disc sewerage system preventing pollution in the local valley and stream.
At the ecolodge investment has been made in the form of an on site car park that is for free parking of our clients cars and vehicles.
As Preseli Venture has set itself up as an adventure centre, investment has also been made in a purpose built equipment storage and changing area building adjacent to the ecolodge accommodation. This building houses all our equipment from wet-suits and flotation jackets through to the fleets of kayaks, and surf boards. Our clients also use this building as changing rooms to get kitted up in the warm and dry before heading off for their adventure!
Sustainable model for activity provision
Preseli Venture offers environmentally friendly and sustainable outdoor activities; coasteering, sea kayaking, surfing and coastal walking.
The outdoor activities are carried out according to the sustainability and best practise guidelines as set out by the Pembrokeshire Outdoor Charter Group and come under the scrutiny of seal, bird and rocky shore experts from within Pembrokeshire. As part of our partnership with the National Trust we declare our activity usage that take place on their costal properties and also help with their nature conservation work by reporting interesting wildlife sitings.
Preseli Venture conducts the adventure activities so as to cause as little disturbance to wildlife and the natural environment as possible and to be sensitive to the local coastal communities in which we operate.
Preseli Venture owns and runs two minibuses that we use to transport our guests from the lodge to the nearby coastal locations where we run the adventure activities, typically between 2 and 8 miles.
Our use of minibuses is crucial to our sustainability model as this means we have only ONE vehicle, transporting the guides, clients and activity equipment, to take up just one of the scarce few parking spaces in the tiny harbours and coves that we use for the activities. Using the minibuses also harmonises well with the needs of the community, minimising disturbance and disruption of tiny coves and village harbours and allowing the small parking areas to be shared with other users such as local fisherman and coast path walkers.
Instructor Training for the sustainability of the outdoor sector
As a larger centre we can help train up the younger instructors who need on the job work experience. Newly qualified instructors gain experience working with the senior instructors who pass on best practise to keep our industry fresh and alive with new techniques and safety procedures. Preseli Venture are AALA accredited, Canoe Wales affiliated and are a registered British Canoe Union sea kayak training and assessment centre. We play a vital role in the sustainability of the adventure sector in Wales.
Promoting public Transport
We encourage our guests to travel to Wales by train and we provide a free transfer in our minibuses from the local train station in Fishguard to the eco lodge at the start and finish of weekend and mid-week holidays. If you arrive at a time when we are not able to offer the free shuttle, then there are taxis and buses for the 5 mile joruney from the train station.
For people already in the area we are just off the Strumble Shuttle coastal bus route as well as the regular coastal buses between Fishguard and St David’s, and so people are most welcome to arrive here by bus.
As our local beach of Abermawr and therefore the Pembrokeshire coast path is just one mile from the ecolodge, walkers can easily reach Preseli Venture on foot. Also since we are just off the Celtic Trail cycle route 4, those on a cycling tour of the area can arrive by bike!
Promoting community resilience
Preseli Venture creates and retains local jobs for people living locally, and we are proud of the full time and part-time year round jobs and 6-month posts we offer to the community. We help to support local businesses, suppliers and tradespeople – we source food, drink and consumables and services for the lodge locally whenever possible.
We help to keep our 2 local beaches clean and cared for as a part of the Marine Conservation Society Adopt a beach scheme and we have a good working relationship with the local community group of ‘Transition Bro Gwaun‘ that sets up and supports environmental schemes in and near Fishguard.
Like to know more?
For more information please do call us on 01348 837709 or contact us, we’d love to see you here at Preseli Venture one day soon.