What's great about The Kent Mountain Centre?

The Kent Mountain Centre (KMC) works through the medium of adventure using natural outdoor settings to provide group challenges. SMC has outdoor learning at its core currently holding the Association of Heads of Outdoor Education Centre (AHOEC) and LOtC (Learning Outside the Classroom) Gold badge award.

When you come to Kent Mountain Centre you will always experience the best in outdoor education and adventure activities.

We are situated on the shores of Lake Padarn at the foot of Mount Snowdon and can accommodate up to 45 young people plus leaders in a single group. For every nine young people, one group leader is invited free of charge.

Our main house provides dormitory accommodation for up to 32 over two floors, the bedrooms are on the first floor and sleep between one and eight people. Some of the bedrooms are located in an annex known as the Clyd.

An en-suite accommodation unit with wheelchair accessibility, the Eric Watts Room was named after the former Kent County Council Youth and Community Officer who supported the application to the lottery which helped fund the building of this room.

This is an ideal base for a small family group, it sleeps 4 (1x Double 2x Single beds), has en-suite facilities and is fully furnished with access from the main courtyard.

The ground floor is also accessible with its dining room, lecture room, lounge and small shop.

KMC is keen to encourage wheelchair users to come to our centre and are committed to providing challenging activities to all our clients. We always prepare our programmes and activities in advance with our visitors and we would aim to tailor make our programmes in order to take account of the abilities of all group members.

The Lodge is ideal for small groups who wish to self-cater, it provides dormitory accommodation for 12 people and is totally self-contained.

The Lodge is fully equipped with drying facilities, kitchen, showers, toilets, telephone and central heating.  We provide duvets and all bed linen. Basic outdoor equipment is also included in the hire charge. Specialist equipment such as canoes and ropes are not for hire although if KMC instructors are booked, then this equipment is included in the hire charge.

What can we do at the Kent Mountain Centre?

Here at the Kent Mountain Centre, you can experience everything outdoors.  From canoeing to orienteering, and scrambling to zip wires, we have all sorts to tickle your adventurous taste buds.

Located amongst the mountains of the Snowdonia National Park, gives our clients the opportunity to summit a mountain via footpath or challenging Scramble. Participants will be challenged and inspired to fully appreciate the stunning scenery North Wales has to offer.

Rock climbing and bouldering can take place in a variety of locations including mountain crags and the stunning sea cliffs. Rock climbing involves making progress up a cliff face using natural holds whilst your team help by controlling your safety rope and offering words of advice.

You will experience how to safely put on a harness and belay your team mates; and where possible abseil from height. There may also be the opportunity of visiting an indoor climbing wall which is located within a 20 minute drive from the centre.

Canoeing creates the opportunity to embark on a journey and work as a team; these large, stable boats can be paddled solo, tandem or as a large raft. Learn the skills to steer your craft and as a vessel in which to play games and move across the water in style.

Canoes are generally used in the lake environment but occasionally on the river.

Kayaking is always popular with visitors to the centre. Kayaking requires a basic skill level which will be coached as part of the session. KMC also has a fleet of Sit on Top Kayaks which can also be used for journeying and playing games.

Kayaking can take place on lakes, rivers and the sea from simple excursions to day long journeys.

Improvised raft building using the centres dedicated kit. A journey a team challenge and getting wet. 

This activity nourishes team building and team work skills through the practical application of Kolbs experiential learning cycle. Creating means and methods of tackling problems that are transferable to everyday life and future work skills by application of plan do and review.

Gorge walking offers an opportunity to explore the wild and rugged terrain of a riverbed located in a steep sided gorge. You can expect to climb and scramble your way up to it.  This activity usually involves some use of the rope and getting wet! There may even be the opportunity of scrambling up to and behind a waterfall. Always a beautiful venue that inspires.

This activity usually takes place on the stunning coast of Anglesey. You will traverse and scramble across the rocks, just above the sea. Ropes can be used in the form of a Tyrolean Traverse to complete any island hopping from the mainland, as well as providing a clip line should it be required. You do not have to get wet but there is often the opportunity to jump into the sea!

Orienteering is an exciting outdoor adventure sport which comprises of walking or running whilst navigating around a course using a detailed map and sometimes a compass. There are many venues for this activity; KMC has its own courses onsite, along with further courses located at the adjacent lake. The aim is to navigate to points indicated on the map and record any information found.