About Gwent Outdoor Centres

Gwent Outdoor Centres is the group name for three outdoor education centres owned and run by Monmouthshire Council. The centres are open for bookings by school groups from all over the UK.

Our facilities can also be hired by other groups such as the Scouts, Guides, sports clubs, youth organisations, families and corporate groups.

Gwent Outdoor Centres – cavingThe centres are Hilston Park near Monmouth, Gilwern near Abergavenny and Talybont-on-Usk near Brecon – together they're sited near some of the best hillwalking, climbing, caveing and canoeing outdoor environments you could wish to find in the UK. The River Wye, the Black Mountains and the Brecon Beacons are all on the doorstep.

Established in 1970, thousands of children from schools all over the UK have enjoyed outdoor activity courses, field trips and adventures at our centres.

Our sites have educational facilities and camping fields that are regularly used by groups like the Scouts, Guides and Duke of Edinburgh's Award expedition teams. At Gilwern there is accommodation for large groups and a hall with indoor bouldering wall and a large outdoor climbing tower. There is flat access to accommodation, a wheel chair accessible abseil ramp and braille orienteering course.

Hilston Park, a beautiful listed building, caters for large groups and is set in beautiful grounds where groups can try archery. Hilston Park also has a self-catering lodge for hire for smaller, independent groups.

At Talybont-on-Usk there is accommodation for smaller groups in a former railway station. In the grounds there is a fire pit and outdoor seating area and classrooms for group use.

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Gwent Outdoor Centres – outdoor education in Gwent and Powys

Outdoor Education for all – from schools to corporate groups

Our outdoor education centres are also used for Forest Schools, Duke of Edinburgh's Awards groups, by Scouts and Guides, for corporate groups and outdoor education instructor training.

Our reasonably-priced tailor-made courses usually run from Monday to Friday or Friday to Monday but we can be flexible, depending on your requirements and our availability.

What activities?

Safety first for all

At Gwent Outdoor Centres our experienced staff always put safety first. We are licensed by the Adventure Activities Licensing Authority (AALA), which is overseen by the Health and Safety Executive. The AALA was set up to ensure outdoor activity providers follow good safety management practices. These should allow young people to experience exciting and stimulating activities outdoors – without being exposed to avoidable risks.

We continually monitor and update our procedures to ensure the safety of the young people in our care.

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Staff are wonderful enthusiastic, helpful and caring to all! Thank you for a wonderful trip, filled with so many rich experiences and memories for all!
– Claire, LSA
Pembroke Primary School


Hilston Park, Monmouthshire

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Talybont Outdoor Centre, Powys

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Gilwern Outdoor Centre, Abergavenny

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