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Warren Arglye said:

Having just returned from a biking weekend with Safe and Sound Outdoors I would like to recommend them for the professionalism and skill at organising the best weekend of biking i have had in a long time, epic descents, comfy climbs and some great coaching thrown into the mix. A*.

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Steve Wood said:

Hey Craig, Just wanted to say a massive thank you to you and your team for a totally amazing weekend. Everything was just perfect: the food, the accommodation, the staff, the activities and even the weather. We all felt really lucky and were well happy and satisfied - we just didn't wanna leave.! Everyone felt really safe in your professional hands and you guys are most definitely sound!!

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Kat Savage said:

One of the best weekends I have ever had!! Never done white water rafting, rock climbing or abseiling before and it was awesome!!! Spud & his team are fantastic very encouraging and very calming when I was panicking at the start of the abseil!!! You certainly made me feel Safe & Sound!!!"

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Pete Hewington said:

Learned so much this weekend. Looking forward to trying out my new found skills on my children.

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Jodie Whitehouse said:

Would feel more confident, learnt a lot that I didn't know

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John Wilkinson said:

Hey guys, just wanted to let you know we had a wicked weekend, many thanks to Pete for helping us get to grips with kayaking and giving us lots of confidence. 

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Sheila Maddaford said:

Hi Craig, just want to thank you for your kind generosity today.  We had a fabulous time - I didn't think I would take part today, but I'm so glad I did. Pete was wonderful and didn't put any pressure on us - just encouragement.  I still feel on a high! I'm hoping this might be a great christmas present for my sons and husband, so I'm thinking you might hear from me again soon. Thank you once again, and please say thanks to Pete (although we already did) for being soooo patient.

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BBC Countryfile said:

Thank-you soooooo much for all your help before and during our filming.   It truly was a pleasure to meet you and you are so knowledgeable, it was a real treat to  spend the day with you.
Please do pass on our huge thanks to Spud and the crew for the support out on the water.  Spud was a true super power man - keeping us all from drifting away with only his own strength amazing!

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Paul Roper said:

Pass on our thanks to the instructors who were very helpful and helped make it a great day out.

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Donna Davies said:

We had a terrific time Saturday in the Gorge! We will be back in the warmer weather for your full day.

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Shiela Maddaford said:

Hi Craig, just want to thank you for your kind generosity today.  We had a fabulous time - I didn't think I would take part today, but I'm so glad I did. Pete was wonderful and didn't put any pressure on us - just encouragement.  I still feel on a high! 

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Gemma Lovering said:

I work with Craig Forde to deliver our Gold Duke of Edinburgh Expedition module. Last year Craig took students who had never paddled before, gave them the skill level and supported them to successfully complete a canoeing expedition on the River Spey.  Craig communicates well to the students who in turn respond very well and enjoy the process from the first training session, through the first aid training right to the end of the qualifying expedition. From an organisational point, the support Craig provides me as the leader is fundamental to the success of the programme, the whole process runs very smoothly.

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Gemma Lovering said:

I work with Craig Forde to deliver our Duke of Edinburgh Expedition module. Last year Craig took students who had never paddled before, gave them the skill level and supported them to successfully complete a canoeing expedition on the River Spey.  Craig communicates well to the students who in turn respond very well and enjoy the process from the first training session, through the first aid training right to the end of the qualifying expedition. From an organisational point, the support Craig provides me as the leader is fundamental to the success of the programme, the whole process runs very smoothly.

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Craig Smith said:

We have worked with Safe and Sound Outdoors since 2007 on numerous projects and adventures. Our relationship with Craig and his team has developed over the years. However, it was clear on the first session that we were working with like minded people who understood our students , were flexible and able to respond to the challenging needs of some students who present challenging behaviours or significant needs.

We are an 11-16 mainstream school. However we have a significantly high number of students with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities. I oversee the provision for students with disabilities and Special Needs as well as providing our students life changing experiences to motivate them, maintain interest in school and prevent permanent exclusion. I have been running projects for many years for my special students but Safe and Sound Outdoors has proven to be better than any other provider like it for value and for "customer care"

We knew immediately that we were working with the right people when our students wanted to do things for Craig and his team. We all look forward to our adventures and hope that we are able to maintain this relationship with Craig and Safe and Sound Outdoors for many years.  

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Richard Morgan said:

We had an awesome weekend!

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John Lawrence said:


Just like to say, having resolved the mossy bites,  peeled off the last of the leeches and recieved the antidote for the Welsh Dragon bite, what a superb day on Saturday.
 
Really enjoyed it and please extend my thanks to the lads for all there hard work and supervision going on  in the background throughout the day,
 
Safe hands... but not too safe!
 
Cheers and hope to see you soon for something more (and this time with the drunken son!

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Charlotte Forest said:

Had a really good day, the gorge walking was fantastic!

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Julie Stansfield said:

Just a quick email to say how much we both enjoyed the gorge walking and climbing.  Both Pete and Tom were fantastic and we did indeed fell very safe under their supervision.

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Hannah Dupre said:

We had a great weekend, so please thank Phil and Tom for us - and apologies again to Tom who was very patient with us on Sunday!!

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Hannah Green said:

Everyone really enjoyed it and I was so pleased they were still able to do it.

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S Johnson said:

Very enjoyable morning for me and my son, guide was very helpful and made sure the whole group enjoyed themselves

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Groupon Customer said:

Fantastic

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K Hird said:

Just thank you for a thoroughly enjoyable morning, it beats sitting on the sofa in front of the TV hands dow, next time I'll bring my son, its good fun for all ages. 

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Rachel said:

Thanks for a great day out, we'll definitely come back cheers.  

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Tom said:

Great experience would definitely like to do the day gorge walking.

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Lisa weston said:

Thanks for a great day and thanks for Tom for his professionalism.

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Sarah jessop said:

Instructor was very clear, felt safe at all times which made it easy to try it all!! We had a brilliant time thank you :)

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Philip Jeeves said:

Good instructor with good knowledge and skills at making me feel comfortable 

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Chris Roberts said:

I really had a lot of fun, even though it was a freezing October day. Thanks for a brilliant day out.

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Shona-Lee gregory said:

Best, most on-point, hands on tactical first aid course I have ever attended.

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Eric White said:

A very well taken day course.

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A griffin said:

Just been rafting with Safe and SOund Outdoors and had a whale of a time. Cracking guides and great fun. Do it!!!

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Matthew White said:

Just writing to say a huge thanks to the team that took us out rafting yesterday, we had a fabulous sunny afternoon playing in the River Dee and everyone thoroughly enjoyed it. We have Dragon boat racing to look forward to in Chester on Sunday so the rafting gave us a good chance to exercise our arm muscles prior to the race.

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S Hudspeth said:

wicked fun. Thanks all

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Amy Stamp said:

Hi Craig,

Just wanted to let you know that we had the best weekend in Llangollen for my hen do!

The hotel was great, the staff were all really friendly and they even gave us free champagne on the Friday night which was really lovely. Spa facilities were perfect, and the town itself was beautiful. Kayaking was amazing, Rich was a great laugh and everyone had a great time, even those that were a bit dubious at the start.

Thanks again for organising everything, I won’t hesitate to recommend you to friends.

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Scott Lammass said:

Just wanted to say thanks for the gorge walking experience on Saturday morning.  The lads thoroughly enjoyed the activity and it set us up for an evening in Liverpool.  We were really impressed by the enthusiasm and professionalism from your staff and that ensured we had a day that was enjoyable and safe.

All the best

Scott

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Tim Phipps said:

Had a great day today. We all really enjoyed it.  Phil was an outstanding guide and was very knowledgeable and helpful. Hopefully we will return soon and I will be recommending the business to my friends.  

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Dave Reaney said:

I would just like to say that we had a great time with Safe and Sound whilst raft building. The whole day was organised superbly from the start to the finish. I would thoroughly recommend the whole experience to all. Many thanks

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Sam Holloway said:

 I would just like to say thanks so much for giving us such a great mornings rock climbing yesterday ( 9/8/14). Special thanks to Phil who was excellent with my 3 boys ( and Uncle Ben). My son James had a fantastic experience with his brothers for his birthday. 
Many thanks and we look forward to trying out some other activities in the future,
Sam Holloway

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Matt said:

 Just wanted to say how much I enjoyed my day kayaking with Warwick and my brother in law on the Dee yesterday.
It was beautiful, exciting and interesting in equal measure, and something I'm keen to do more of and recommend.
Warwick is a really excellent, experienced guide and all round nice bloke. Thanks again!

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Chris said:

From the start the guys from ;Safe and Sound Outdoors' made a fun packed session with just enough of an element of scare!!
A photographer followed our thrill ride capturing us riding the rapids I now have a disc of over 200 photos all showing us laughing & makes me laugh ever time I view (these are bought separately but so worth it). If your deliberating as to whether you could door not this -believe you me you can -the guys tailor to your bravery level =JUST GO DO IT ITS EXPERIENCE TO STAY WITH YOU FOREVER

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Leafy said:

It was great fun and leaders were really good. Would definately recommend it and do it again.

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Sean said:

Fantastic day out and great experience in white water rafting, would certainly do it again and take some friends along this time. So if you like getting wet, having great fun then this is the experience for you :-)

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Kevin said:

Myself and 3 others (aged 21 males) headed down the River Dee in Llangollen on Saturday 26th April. It was an amazing and very enjoyable experience.
Before we went I thought that the experience was going to be quite tame, as I have being kayaking down rivers before. However, the experience in the raft is totally different and brings another element to travelling down the river.
The instructors were in good humour and they also helped make the experience a fun and thrilling one.
The 2-3 hour voyage was to the right amount of time as another hour would have perhaps led to being too cold! However the weather was nice and the rain held off!
The only change I would make is to perhaps make it a bit cheaper, or to create a discounted deal when you bring so many people along to raft.
Overall, we all had an amazing time! The games on the boat were enjoyable and very amusing! Falling into the water was one of the best parts! During this time the water was a bit of a shock at first but once you'd fallen in the first time you didn't want to leave the cool, clear water of the River Dee.

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MAd Manc said:

Well what can I say.the river was above normal levels and I paired up with a stag do from Shrewsbury who were clearly out for a good time.The organisers fully engaged the party and myself and we all fully enjoyed the experience. Yes book it and do it at this venue,spectacular scenery and atmosphere and passes at the end the town of Llangollen which hash ample opportunity from the bridges over the towns river for famil and friends not only to see you travels down rapids but also take photographs of the occasion. Full safety brief beforehand and tips about riding the rapids .excellent trip

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Julia Brant said:

I would just like to say thanks so much for giving us such a great mornings rock climbing yesterday ( 9/8/14). Special thanks to Phil who was excellent with my 3 boys ( and Uncle Ben, christian louboutin). My son James had a fantastic experience with his brothers for his birthday. Many thanks and we look forward to trying out some other activities in the future, Sam Holloway.

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Murray Bolling said:

Did the River Bugging today with my 13 year old son. We loved it. Really good fun. River running pretty fast but couldn't have felt safer in the hands of these guys. Really professional and friendly. Great day out on the river. If you get the chance to do this you'll love it. Exhausting but such good fun. Thanks to the guys at Whitewater for a brilliant day out


Stuart E said:

Our boys said they wanted to go kayaking on holiday this year. We came across Safe and Sound Outdoors when looking round Llangollen and were able to make a booking for the next day. 
As we had little experience at kayaking we were taken to the canal which is a much better environment to learn the basics. 
The instructor, Huw, was great and took the time to explain and where needed to help the individual, so we all understood and grasped the basics so we could make the most of our time on the water.

Great value for money and really friendly bunch of people

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Michael W said:

Had a great day on the river buggs with my partner and zack Thanks for pulling lisa out zack . It was an in your face white water experience i want to do again already getting a few friends interested.


New Traveller 45 (Trip Advisor) said:

I hired an amazing orange 'cruiser' bike (with a basket!) and was very impressed with the service received and the friendliness of the staff.

The bike hire was £22 for the day and was worth every penny - I was also provided with a puncture kit, lock, helmet etc...everything I might have needed. Staff were happy to advise on routes (although I was playing it safe and riding the canal path) but had I have been more adventurous they would have been able to offer suggestions!

I would definitely recommend the company and the orange bikes!!


Gareth W said:

Spent the afternoon climbing and abseiling with excellent equipment at Trevor Rocks with Rob,a great instructor who is patient, skilled and very knowledgeable. Will definitely be back soon!

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Dave T said:

Spent two days with the company doing mountain biking, gorge walking, rock climbing and white water rafting. A fantastic couple of days! Extremely well organised, great guides and instructors and a great way to see some of the fantastic scenery and surroundings of Llangollen. Highly recommend.

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Ross R said:

We booked with SAS for our team building activity on Monday morning. It was nothing short of an amazing experience. Both of the instructors were fun, relaxed and also serious enough at points when they did require the groups full attention at the more challenging and dangerous obstacles.

We started by walking under a waterfall in the first 2 mins... Talk about jumping straight in, and that set the tone for the day.

My team of 12 loved every single second.

Highly recommend, and Ronda made the whole booking simple from start to finish.

Thanks again.

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