About us

The Storey Arms is Cardiff’s outdoor education centre. We offer courses and activities to people living in Cardiff and to visitors from the UK and abroad.

The outdoor education centre in the heart of the Brecon Beacons.

The Storey Arms has been operating as part of the City of Cardiff Council’s Education Service since 1971.

We offer residential and day visits for schools, youth groups and families as well as corporate days out, teambuilding and days out with a difference.

We welcome groups from Wales, the rest of the United Kingdom and abroad.

In association with National Governing Bodies of outdoor activities, we also run qualification courses allowing adults to lead groups in hill walking and rock climbing.

  • General Activities
  • Adult Activities
  • Team Activities
  • Youth Activities

Our programmes are aimed at young people from 9 to 18 years old, higher education students and adults.

We also work with teachers and those working in higher education so that they can gain qualifications and develop skills to deliver outdoor activities.

Our outdoor education programmes are designed to develop a variety of skills within a group:

  • Physical – the outdoor activities themselves;
  • Social – learning to live within a small community;
  • Emotional – learning to challenge one’s own limits to increase self-confidence and self-reliance.

Our programmes also address issues of sustainability and understanding our natural environment.

Our Fantastic Team

Ryan Stamp


Head of Centre

Favourite activities
Don’t really have one……. Love it all!

Favourite spot in the Brecon Beacons
The western area of the park in the Fan Brycheiniog and Black Mountain area.

I came to Storey Arms OEC once in Primary School and twice in Secondary school. After my first secondary school visit I knew what I wanted to do when I ‘Grew up’

Alastair Smith


Deputy Head of Centre

Favourite activity
Hill walking

Favourite spot in the Brecon Beacons
On top of Fan Fawr, looking down on Storey Arms 300 metres below

I wanted to be a clown when I was younger!


Outdoor Education Tutor

Favourite activity
Canoeing, hill walking, mountain biking

Favourite spot in the Brecon Beacons
Sinc Giedd on Mynydd Du (Black Mountain)

I’m the second youngest of five brothers, with at least four of us being involved in the Outdoors!


Business Support Officer

Favourite Activity
I love walking my dog in the hills and along the coast. I also enjoy skiing and Stand-up Paddle Boarding.

Favourite Spot in the Brecon Beacons
I have the best commute to and from work, driving over the A4059, especially at dawn and dusk.  Amazing views of the Beacons and the South Wales Valleys, dotted with sheep and mountain ponies.  Every drive is like a new postcard!

I love to travel and see the world.  I have visited 5 out of the 7 continents – only South America and Antarctica to go!


Domestic Bursar


Domestic Assistant

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