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All participants must be aged 18 or over, unless they are accompanied by a parent or legal guardian (a minimum age of 14 then applies). A teacher or youth leader acting in loco parentis is not adequate. The parent or legal guardian must complete a Parental Consent Form prior to the event and will need to remain within sight and earshot of the minor – this will normally mean that they need to be with the minor whilst they prepare and accompany their child as is reasonably practicable during their participation.

We recommend an upper age limit of 70 years for participation, and for any individuals to consult their Doctor if they have an concerns about their health or ability. 

Canonteign Falls is a tough abseil and you will need to be fit and reasonably confident on your feet to be able to get to the top of the abseil and climb over the fence at the top. If you have any doubt in your ability to take part in the abseil please discuss this with your event organisers.

Being able to walk quickly up a flight of stairs, jump a foot off the ground and climb over obstacles such as fences unaided, would be a good example of mobility needed. If you are in any doubt about your fitness / mobility to participate in abseil event you have chosen, please consult the abseil organisers first and then your doctor if needed.

After signing-in on the day, you will be  taken over as a group to go through an abseil demo - a chance for you to have a go on a grass slope first and have a few practices with an instructor on hand who provides coaching and helps deal with any questions that you might have. So there is no need to worry about previous experience. Even if you let go of the abseil rope during the abseil an instructor at the top will have you on a separate safety rope so you are completely safe throughout your challenge.

There will be around five staff on the day to help you with your abseil including an instructor half way down the abseil to encourage you down and to take action shot photos of you and another instructor at the bottom of the abseil as a friendly face to greet and help you sort out your kit.

You are very well looked after throughout the event and there is plenty of time to have practice abseiling and enjoy the wonderful grounds in which the event is staged.

Each participant will have to wear a wetsuit and will need to bring suitable swimwear to wear underneath. Appropriate footwear, trainers or walking boots are best, no heels, flip flops  or sandals. You will need a towel, warm clothes and water proofs for after your abseil. Long hair should be tied back and you should remove any dangly earrings/necklaces etc. Glass retainers should be worn if there is any risk of them falling off.  Any medication that you need, food and water and a camera for taking photos!

We would love you to and it may help you raise even more money! But make sure that it wouldn’t hinder the fitting of your harness and is big enough to go over a wetsuit – please get in touch before hand so we can make sure it’s suitable.  If you do come in fancy dress, please do bring a spare change of clothes, just in case your costume isn't suitable. 

Yes, as long as you are all registered to do the abseil on the same date.  Please state your preferred abseil times when you register and we will try our very best to get you abseiling in the same group.

Of course, we would love to welcome your support team for the day. There will be a reduced charge of £4 for non participants for access to the falls. Canonteign Falls is described as a hidden gem and one of the most idyllic places to see and explore with children. Perfect for outdoor adventure, the children's play area and children’s assault course will keep the little ones happy, and the lakeside restaurant, snack bar and gift shop are worth a visit after your thrilling descent!  Remind them to take waterproofs so they do not get wet as they watch!

We can accommodate people up to 18 stone in weight, but no more due to the restrictions on equipment and loads exerted, although they may need to be fitted with extra equipment for their comfort. If you have anyone wishing to take part who is heavier than 18 stone you can contact us as soon as possible to discuss the possibility of their participation.

Dave Talbot Ltd reserves the right to decline an individual’s participation should their build be deemed unsuitable for the activity.

You will be send confirmation of your allotted time through the post along with your fundraising pack and sponsorship forms. Please arrive at least one hour and fifteen minutes before your allocated time slot to abseil. This allows plenty of time for you to sign in, slip into your wetsuit and receive coaching from the abseil team. You will be part of a group and will be kitted up in that group by an instructor one hour before your allocated time slot, so please don’t be late.

Dave Talbot Ltd insists upon the very highest standards in safety for all of our clients and staff taking part in our outdoor activities. Our abseil events involve an element of risk which makes them challenging, exciting and facilitates personal development. However, the safety of everyone involved is an absolute priority and Dave Talbot Ltd ensures the level of risk is acceptable and appropriate safety standards are maintained at all times.

Dave Talbot Ltd reserves the right to prevent any person or persons, from participating in the event if they are found to be behaving inappropriately or in a manner that is detrimental to the safe provision of the event. This includes those individuals that are suspected of being under the influence of alcohol or drugs. 

Unfortunately your place cannot be transferred. Places are also non-refundable, this is in line with our event Terms and Conditions, however your fee will be used to enable the hospice to care for families. If you can’t now take part, please let us know.

I have run eight abseils at Canonteign Falls in previous years and the event is always a great success with every abseiler succeeding and having a great time.  It's such a unique abseil down England's highest waterfall, in such a beautiful setting - it's definitely an experience to remember even if you have abseiled many times. 

I love the outdoors and grew up playing in the country side so for me setting up an outdoor company just seemed right. My favourite moments include being featured on BBC's 'Coast' program climbing and presenting. Another great achievement was launching the Geneva Motor Show for Jaguar/Land Rover in 2014, a very exciting project. There is more information about what I do on my website at DaveTalbot.net.

I have been working in the outdoor industry for 15 years and hold the highest level of qualification in the UK for working with people when rock climbing and abseiling (AMI - Association of Mountaineering Instructors). I also hold industrial rope access qualifications to go along side of this.

Please ensure you know where Cantonteign Falls is located. The address is: Christow, Exeter, EX6 7RH. Please be aware that Sat Navs have been known to direct people to the wrong destination with the post code.