About

Contour Outdoor specialises in delivering stimulating, high quality, value for money holidays and courses in the UK and abroad.  Our comprehensive range of activities has been developed to cater for the novice and experienced, young and old alike, with the aim of refining existing knowledge and skills, as well as helping you master new ones.  In the event of you not being able to find a course or holiday which meets your requirements we can tailor your own bespoke package to enable you, your family or group to gain the most of your time spent with us.
Our areas of expertise are: Rock Climbing, Navigation Skills, Mountain & Road Biking, Adventure Racing.

Contour runs the majority of its walking, navigation and cycling courses and holidays from the picturesque market town of Hay-on-Wye which affords easy access to the beautiful Black Mountains and Brecon Beacons.  Hay also has the advantage of being within easy striking distance of some outstanding Wye Valley limestone and  South Wales sandstone climbing.  The town’s close proximity to the mountains and crags ensures that you devote more time to your chosen activity and less time travelling to the venue.  And when you’re relaxing, Hay-on-Wye has a wide selection of pubs, restaurants and shops which provide a great place to wind-down after an exhilarating day’s activity.
Our multi-pitch climbing & scrambling holidays and courses are run mainly in Snowdonia with the emphasis, once again, on staying as near to the crags as possible, maximising the time spent on the rock and minimising the travel.  

Finally, Contour runs a number of annual overseas expeditions, focussing on rock climbing and cycling.
 
WHY CHOOSE CONTOUR?
 
Quality of Holiday and Instruction

- We believe that Contour’s approach to planning your personal experience is unique, and our preparation before, during and after ensures that the experience is tailored to your needs and not to ours.  All our instructors hold National Governing Body Awards in their relevant areas of expertise which are further underpinned by their own personal experience.  We always maintain a low student to instructor ratio to allow you to gain more valuable one-on-one time with your tutor.

Accommodation & Food

- For courses and holidays run in the Hay and the Wye Valley there are numerous of Hotels, B&Bs, bunkhouses and campsites to choose from which cater for all budgets. Please ring for advice or check options available at the Hay Tourist Information Website  the Visit Wales Website and the Wye Valley and Forest of Dean Tourist Association Website. Contour has a cottage which is available for rent in Hay-on-Wye.
- In the case of activities run away from Hay and its environs we provide spacious and comfortable Helsport and Terra Nova Tents.  Again, should you wish to make your own arrangements then we will be happy to provide advice and guidance on accommodation and where to eat during your course.
- For courses run from our accommodation at Hay clients are requested to provide their own food.  Hay has a CO-OP supermarket within easy driving distance and SPAR Shop which is  a 5 minute walk.  There are numerous pubs and restaurants within easy walking distance (see map). 

Equipment
 
- Our group equipment is of the highest standard, inspected and changed on a regular basis, and available for you to borrow for free.

Safety & Insurance

- Risk assessments are made prior to any activity.  Dynamic assessments are made during the course of the day’s activity.
- Contour uses the SPOT GPS tracking system to remotely monitor the location and progress of groups involved in walking, racing and cycling activities. This way we can be sure of our group’s locations at all times. Should the need arise the same system can be used to alert Contour staff to a problem.
- All instructors hold a valid First Aid Qualification (REC minimum).
- Contour holds 5 million pounds of public liability insurance in addition to their instructors own personal liability policies.

Pricing Policy and Value for Money

- The prices given on the website reflect an individual booking and we will invariably be able to give a discount based on:
 
The number of people attending the course or holiday, with discounted rates to groups and families.
The content of the course or holiday and, in the case of private guiding, the number of days. 
 
On booking a Contour course or guided holiday everything with the exception of  Hotel or B&B type accommodation, personal outdoor clothing & footwear is included in the price.  We will even pick you up and drop you off at the local bus or train station at the end of the course or holiday.