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Feasibility Studies

Over the years S-A have been commissioned to deliver a number of outdoor sector feasibility studies. The majority of these have examined the potential for under utilised natural or man made resources to provide opportunities for delivering sustainable outdoor recreation facilities across Wales.

Research to Map and Compare Existing Flat Water Paddling Facilities and Services in Wales and Identify Opportunities for Development

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Client: Visit Wales & Glandwr Cymru Canal & River Trust in Wales

The project aimed to demonstrate whether development of the family paddler market had the potential to grow jobs and wealth in the tourism sector in Wales. A gap analysis was undertaken to identify and match the paddler needs against current facilities across the study area. The study area was confined to those canals owned and operated by Glandwr Cymru – the Canal & River Trust in Wales. Namely the Llangollen Canal, the Montgomery Canal, the Monmouthshire & Brecon Canal from Brecon to Five Locks near Cwmbran and the Swansea Canal – from Clydach to Pontardawe.

It found that sheltered flat water environments are attractive resources for many paddlesport participants and in particular:

  • Newcomers to the sport and families seeking a first-time paddlesport experience
  • Occasional participants and
  • Flat water tourers


River Taff Multi-Mode Water Trail Feasibility Study

Client: Countryside Council Wales & The Valleys Regional Park (VRP)

The feasibility study into the proposed Taff Multi-mode Water Trail forms part of an overall vision to enhance and promote the Valleys’ outstanding environmental and cultural assets, including the development of more urban-based water recreation opportunities. The Water Trail vision is that of an integrated network of access and egress points to facilitate non- motorised water-based recreation on the Taff, to experience the rich natural history of the river corridor and to promote safe, responsible and sustainable use of the water resource.





Feasibility Study of Redundant Recreational Buildings

Client: Forestry Commission Wales & The Hiraethog Partnership

In December 2010 Snowdonia-Active were appointed to deliver a feasibility study and structural survey of two redundant recreational buildings, Bod Petryal (Denbighshire) and Hafod y Llan Uchaf (Conwy). In 2008 The Hiraethog Partnership produced the Hiraethog Area Sustainable Tourism Development Plan. The report identified real potential for promoting Hiraethog for low volume-high value sustainable tourism, based around walking, cycling, riding, angling, watersports, activity and nature tourism.

Water-Based Recreation Mawddach Exemplar Project

Client: Forestry Commission & The Countryside Council for Wales

In early 2007 The Welsh Assembly Government implemented 5 pilot projects exploring improvements in access to inland water in Wales. The Afon Mawddach, north of Dolgellau in the Snowdonia National Park was identified as a suitable pilot area and in August 2007 Forestry Commission Wales and The Countryside Council for Wales commissioned Snowdonia-Active to undertake the work.

Wales Canoe Trails – A proposal for a feasibility study into the development of canoe trails in Wales using three consultation areas in North Wales.

Client: CCW

Commissioned by the Countryside Council for Wales the goal of this report is to identify three discernibly different tidal rivers in North Wales that can be used as consultation areas for a feasibility study into a possible Wales Canoe Trails pilot scheme. The aim of the pilot scheme is to conduct a practical examination of methods for developing environmentally sound management plans for linear access to inland water.

The Economic Benefits of Adventure Activities in Blaenau Ffestiniog and Tan Y Grisiau – October 2005

The study objective was to identify economic benefits that could be generated as a result of developing recreational facilities on a site comprising privately owned land around and above Lake Tan Y Grisiau, Blaenau Ffestiniog. This study played a key role in the planning and implementation of the outdoor recreation developments now underway in and around Blaenau Ffestiniog as part of the Centres of Excellence developments.

The Economic Benefits of Adventure Tourism to Glyn Rhonwy, Llanberis and the Rhythallt-Peris Valley

The study objective is to identify the economic benefits that could be generated as a result of developing recreational facilities on a site comprising privately owned land around Glyn Rhonwy, Llanberis and the Rhythallt-Peris Valley. The report is focussing upon off-road cycling opportunities including downhill, free-riding and recreational family cycling. The proposed project also has the potential to partner with and enhance adventure activity tourism, both on the development site itself and in the wider area.