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Summit Centre opens to the general public

Summit Centre opens to the general public

Rock UK is delighted to announce that it has acquired its fifth adventure centre and its first in South Wales.

The new centre will be known as Rock UK Summit Centre and is located south of Merthyr Tydfil in the South Wales Valleys. It was officially opened by Jo Gambi, an accomplished Everest climber and one of Rock UK’s Rock Stars, on Tuesday 19th October 2010.

Currently known as the Welsh International Climbing Centre, it is built on the site of the former Trelewis drift mine which closed in 1989. The Taff Bargoed Development Trust then redeveloped the site into a climbing centre in 1997 turning it into an international climbing centre. The climbing walls are up to 18 metres high with over 180 climbing routes in the main climbing centre plus an additional bouldering area. The centre also has a world-class man-made caving system with a waterfall inside it.

Rock UK has extensive expansion plans for the centre during 2011 that will include developing the land to accommodate exciting outdoor adventure activities including an extended high ropes course, low ropes and archery and developing the already substantial residential accommodation. Off-site mountain biking, climbing and walking will also be offered making use of the extensive natural resources in and around the South Wales Valleys and the Brecon Beacons. Rock UK also plans to run water based activities at the Taff Bargoed Millennium Park which will include open canoeing, kayaking and raft building.

Mark Heasman, Group Chief Executive of Rock UK, said This is such an exciting development for Rock UK. The acquisition of this internationally acclaimed climbing centre and its proximity to some incredible adventurous locations in Wales gives us a fantastic opportunity to bring the Rock UK adventure offering to Wales for the first time.

This exciting new venture for Rock UK will also bring job opportunities into the local area with qualified instructors, administrative and maintenance staff all being required.

The climbing wall reopened to the general public on the 2nd October.

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