Taking the plunge to celebrate Year of Adventure

Welsh Government Minister and Director of National Trust Wales getting ready to abseil down Chirk Castle walls
Published : 03 Mar 2016

Many may have tried to scale Chirk Castle’s walls in its illustrious past, but very few, if any, would have done it for pleasure.

But this morning, (Thursday 3 March) Welsh Government Deputy Minister for Culture, Tourism and Sport, Ken Skates, and National Trust Director for Wales, Justin Albert abseiled down the walls of historic Chirk Castle to show that Wales’ Year of Adventure is there for everyone to enjoy.

On the way down they even stopped off for ten minutes on a portaledge to take in the breathtaking views on a crisp and clear morning while enjoying a special cup of tea.

There's always time for a cuppa
Two people having a cup of tea on a ledge half way down the castle walls

This moment of reflection was also to give a feel for how mountaineers climb and sleep while scaling Wales’s beautiful mountains.

Ken Skates and Justin Albert weren't the only ones to take the plunge. Visitors to Chirk Castle on the day also enjoyed a special treat of climbing down the castle walls under the skilful supervision of staff from Gaia Adventures. 

" We want to help everyone make the most of our incredible places across Wales and one of the best ways to enjoy and connect with them is through adventure! "
- Justin Albert, National Trust Director for Wales

Pop-up adventure experience


The launch was part of a series of partnership events between Snowdonia-Active, Visit Wales and outdoor activity providers across North Wales.

Supported by Visit Wales, this was the first in a series of pop-up experiences aimed at promoting adventure opportunities across North Wales as part of Wales’s Year of Adventure.

Deputy Minister for Culture, Sport and Tourism, Ken Skates, said: 'I’m delighted that we’ve been able to support Snowdonia Active through our Tourism Product Innovation Fund to deliver this exciting series of events during Wales’ Year of Adventure in 2016. This is all about taking adventure to where you might not expect it and giving people a taster of what Wales has to offer. This experience will certainly give me a different perspective on a very familiar attraction.'

Ken Skates abseiling down Chirk Castle
Ken Skates abseiling down Chirk Castle

Justin Albert National Trust Director for Wales said: 'We want to help everyone make the most of our incredible places across Wales and one of the best ways to enjoy and connect with them is through adventure! From enjoying breathtaking walks to stargazing in our inky dark skies, to a kayak around the beautiful Welsh coast, the National Trust provides the perfect venue to fulfil the adventurer in you.' We are excited to be working with other key partners from across Wales to support the provision of more opportunities for people to be adventurous and try something new.'

Catherine Willams from Snowdonia- Active said: 'The series of pop-up events provides the opportunity for adventure in unlikely places such as castles, town centres and beach fronts, inspiring people to seek future adventure for themselves across Wales' incredible landscapes turning. We're passionate about using the 'Year of Adventure' to inspire a lifetime of adventure.'