Posted: Tue 17th Sep 2019

Updated: Wed 26th Feb

Dog sledding adventure centre application

North Wales news and information
This article is old - Published: Tuesday, Sep 17th, 2019

Conwy looks set to become the home of Wales’ first dog sledding adventure centre.
It will see huskies pull wheeled sheds around a 13 acre moorland circuit.
Customers will get the chance to be pulled by one of the dog top racing teams in the UK, the Xinaskyii Sled Dog Team.
It comprises 17 dogs, 11 Siberian Huskies, two Scandinavian Hounds, two Alaskan Huskies and a German Short Haired Pointer.
The woman behind the plans, Jolene Swiffen, said she hopes thrillseekers from across the UK will come for a taste of arctic adventure.
The Husky enthusiast has 18 years of experience working with the dogs and racing in teams around Europe.
She said: “For the last 18 years I have trained and raced sled dogs in the UK and abroad and am extremely proud of our achievements to date, we have won top places British racing and qualified at international level represented Team GB.
“Mynydd Sleddog Adventures will be Wales’ first and only sled dog adventure centre, offering sled dog experiences and rides with our racing team surrounded by beautiful Welsh moorland.
“We will offer a range of adventures and experiences, targeted initially towards the adventure tourism market. We will be offering a ‘Race Team Adventure’, where an individual can have a ride on our passenger rig pulled by a six dog race team across the site, surrounded by the beautiful welsh scenery. “We will also offer a fantastic opportunity for children from the age of eight to have a ‘Mini Mushers Adventure’ and run a dog on a threee-wheeled rig themselves.”
Mrs Swiffen, from Mynydd Sled Dog Adventures, has a background working in social services also has hopes that the centre could be used by disadvantaged youths.
She added: “Ultimately, I would like my business to offer sled dog activities to disadvantaged people who don’t often have such opportunities as a way of engaging them, increasing confidence and self esteem.
“The community of Llansannan have so far been extremely excited and positive about the new venture, including many parents of children at the local school and local businesses who have supported us along the way, we cannot thank them enough.”
The planning application came up before Llansannan community council at its meeting last week but there were no objections from the body.
Concerns were raised, however, about a potential increase in traffic in the area.
A final decision will be made by Conwy County Council.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Conwy could be the home of Wales’ first dog sledding adventure centre.
Jolene Swiffen of Mynydd Sled Dog Adventures has put in an application for a sled riding activity centre.
Huskies will pull the wheeled sleds along pre-cut trails around the 13 acre site on the Denbigh Moors.
Paying customers will have a chance to be pulled along by one of the UK’s top dog racing teams, the Xinaskyii Sled Dog Team, which is made up of 17 dogs, 11 Siberian Huskies, two Scandinavian Hounds, two Alaskan Huskies and a German Short Haired Pointer.
Mrs Swiffen hopes that thrill seekers from across the UK will come for a taste of Arctic adventure by coming to her planned centre.
The Husky enthusiast has 18 years of experience working with the dogs and racing in teams around Europe.
She said: “For the last 18 years I have trained and raced sled dogs in the UK and abroad and am extremely proud of our achievements to date, we have won top places British racing and qualified at international level represented Team GB.
“Mynydd Sleddog Adventures will be Wales’ first and only sled dog adventure centre, offering sled dog experiences and rides with our racing team surrounded by beautiful Welsh moorland.
“We will offer a range of adventures and experiences, targeted initially towards the adventure tourism market. We will be offering a ‘Race Team Adventure’, where an individual can have a ride on our passenger rig pulled by a six dog race team across the site, surrounded by the beautiful welsh scenery. “We will also offer a fantastic opportunity for children from the age of eight to have a ‘Mini Mushers Adventure’ and run a dog on a 3 wheeled rig themselves.”
Mrs Swiffen who has a background working in social services also has hopes that the centre could be used by disadvantaged youths.
She added: “Ultimately, I would like my business to offer sled dog activities to disadvantaged people who don’t often have such opportunities as a way of engaging them, increasing confidence and self esteem.
“The community of Llansannan have so far been extremely excited and positive about the new venture, including many parents of children at the local school and local businesses who have supported us along the way, we cannot thank them enough.”
The planning application came up before Llansannan community council at its meeting last week but there were no objections from the body.
Concerns were raised, however, about a potential increase in traffic in the area.
A final decision will be made by Conwy County Council.

By Shane Brennan – Local Democracy Reporter



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