Woolhope Cockshoot Activities

A couple of people have asked for some of the activities that my group have accessed from Woolhope. I’m putting it on the blog so people can find it in future. If you are not planning to go to Woolhope then this entry can be filed under ‘About as useful as a chocolate teapot’
Woolhope Cockshoot is on the junction that is shown on this Google Map, but the other side of the crossroads than marked.
web woolhope.jpg At the Centre: 1. Bonfire in the back garden (you’ll need to find wood for this)
2. Walks from the cottage. Woolhope Cockshoot is on the junction of five roads and in an area with plenty of footpaths. OS Explorer Map 189. 3. Table Tennis in the Cellar (worth bringing some ping pong balls) 4. The Dining Room and the two downstairs rooms lend themselves quite well to dividing up for challenges, discussions etc. It’s a great place for group work. 5. Woolhope is great for ‘Hide and Seek’ if the group are mad enough. 6. Woolhope is also great for involving young people in the organisation and delivery of the residential, planning, cooking etc AND cleaning the centre ready for the next group!
A great late night option is the ‘walk around the block!’ It’s a hilly 35 minute stroll and the map and instructions are here: Download file
The nearest towns are:
> Ledbury (nearest supermarket)
> Great Malvern
> Hereford (Leisure Centre 01432 272512 & 10 Pin Bowl)
> Ross on Wye
These all lend themselves to photo challenges, treasure hunts, hunt the leader etc. You’ll find the Tourist Centre for Malvern here and the other towns here.
symonds yat rock.jpg Just beyond Ross on Wye is Symmonds Yat where there is a MAZE museum (bit naff for teenagers), A Canoeing centre and an Activities Centre. There is a good walk up to Symonds Yat Rock or another, down one side of the river, over a suspension bridge and back via a rope ferry (summer only).
There’s another page of links here including the Forest of Dean (a bit further away)
The Malverns (OS Explorer map 190) are awesome and some great walking. At 425m (peak) not mountaneous but groups do need to be prepared as conditions can be different or change quickly. We’ve done Kite making and then flown them, egg rolling, a Dawn communion on Easter day and some orienteering.
One walk option is to park at ‘British Camp’ then walking over the peaks to Great Malvern itself and catching the bus back to ‘British Camp’
Mountain Mayhem is about an hour away but unfortunately all their activities are for 18 plus APART from Painballing. To their actual centre at Craswall from Woolhope, use this: Download file
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Out to Grass is a mountain boarding centre near Bromyard. Note that it’s a good idea to phone and confirm as our bookings have got ‘lost’ on a couple of occasions.
I’ve not used them but adventure education contacted us at Woolhope to mention their services in various outdoor ed’ pursuits
It’s 25 miles away but I hear good things about Moat House Karting at Cotheridge. (I have not had chance to check them out yet).The person who runs it is Tony Collis 01905 333673. (If you go, please let me have more info)

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