Our activities

Hindleap Warren has a vast array of outdoor adventure activities that are led by our full time, fully qualified instructor team.

Here’s just a taster of what we offer. Hindleap Warren Activity List.

Water sports

Water sports

Try your hand at canoeing, stand-up paddle-boarding and kayaking, at a beautiful local reservoir. Our water sports sessions improve young people’s communication and co-operation skills, and allow them to enjoy the natural environment.

All activities start with training from our qualified team of water-sport instructors, who then make sure young people are kept safe while they’re on the water.

We use our own minibuses to take young people to and from the centre.

Obstacle course

Obstacle course

Hindleap has two obstacle courses; the first is a lower level course that either serves as a warm up to the main event or provides a suitable level of challenge to younger children. The second ‘low-ropes’ course involves young people either working in pairs or small groups overcoming physical challenges that involves confidence, balance and determination.

In addition to these courses, we also have an underground maze, a linear course and the famous Hindleap ‘wet tunnels’; two underground pipes that groups of three children crawl through. This – usually damp – activity always ends with a hot shower and time to get dressed into dry clothes ready for the next activity. Hindleap’s obstacle courses provide a brilliant physical challenge to groups of all ages and abilities. The activity provides opportunities for group bonding, relationship building and increasing resilience.

Team building

Team building

In groups of 10−12 young people, the Hindleap instructor sets a series of fiendishly tricky challenges. It’s then up to the team to decide how to complete the challenge within the rules and boundaries set.

Good communication, physical skills and mental agility are crucial for young people to solve the puzzles, as is their ability to listen to other people’s perspectives. Different team dynamics and leadership styles are brought to the fore – and the activists, theorists, reflectors and pragmatists in each group are revealed!

Fun, engaging, rewarding and developmental: team building is at the heart of everything we do at Hindleap Warren. It’s what outdoor learning is all about.

Bush craft

Bush craft

Learn how to build a basic shelter to keep you warm and dry. Then have a go at lighting a fire using a traditional flint and steel, or a bow drill to create fire via friction. Then the challenge is keeping it going for long enough to toast marshmallows on!

Our bush craft sessions help children and young people learn practical outdoors skills, as well as how to work together in small team. Problem solving and being open to different ways of getting to a goal are crucial.

Our instructors constantly monitor children and young people when working with fire.

High ropes course

High ropes course

Swing through the trees on one of our centre’s exhilarating high ropes courses. Test your head for heights on the ‘leap of faith’ trapeze jump and the ‘giant see-saw’ and support your friends and teachers to complete the course too. Helmets are worn and harnesses are attached to a safety rope, so everyone is safe and secure at all times.

We know that that success looks different for different people. Hindleap Warren instructors help every child and young person to realise their individual ambitions, and to go further than they ever thought possible.

Forest adventure

Forest adventure

Children and young people have the opportunity to explore Hindleap’s 300 acres of private woodland. Along the way, stories of the forest are told, games played, and challenges given.

This is an inclusive, fun and memorable activity that brings a large group together and gives them the chance to feel like real explorers. As the group move through the grounds, the environment becomes increasingly wet and muddy. By the end of the session, everyone has walked through streams, waded through deep mud and scrambled through the undergrowth. This is an excellent activity for building relationships, increasing resilience and improving determination.

Climbing

Climbing

Rock climbing will make its Olympic debut at the Tokyo 2020 games, so there’s never been a better time to get involved with this increasingly popular activity which boosts your fitness and confidence, as well as testing your head for heights!

Hindleap Warren is near a number of sandstone outcrops, where our qualified and experienced instructors talk geology, run a warm up session and then help you to climb.

Develop trust in your peers by belaying (holding the rope) for them while they climb, and encourage your friends as they scale the cliffs. Ropes, harnesses and helmets make this a very safe activity: our instructors check safety equipment throughout, and encourage young people to check themselves and others.

We use our own minibuses to take young people to and from the centre.

Zip wire

Zip wire

It’s the ultimate adrenalin rush … feel the wind whistle by your ears as you glide through the tree canopy on one of our three zip wires. Our high zip wire starts a heady 15 metres up in the sky! Our other two zip wires can be set up for young people with additional needs and mobility restrictions.

All children and young people wear helmets and harnesses, and are permanently connected to a safety rope from the moment they leave the ground. Hindleap Warren staff are always on hand to keep everyone safe and to encourage anyone feeling nervous. The Zip Wire is brilliant fun, helps young people gain confidence and build trust and positive relationships with adults.