James Bruton – Instructor

Mountaineering, Mountain Biking and Paddlesports


I am an instructor at Plas y Brenin, working across the Mountain Biking, Paddlesports and Mountaineering departments. I love the variety in my work, and spending time with diverse, motivated clients makes my job great.

I also work with our Fast Track Instructor Pro course, giving me the opportunity to coach and mentor the next generation of outdoor coaches and instructors.


  • British Canoeing Level 5 Inland Coach

  • British Canoeing Level 4 Sea Kayak Coach

  • British Canoeing Canoe Coach

  • British Cycling Level 3 Mountain Bike Leader

  • British Cycling Mountain Bike Tutor

  • Mountaineering Instructor Award

  • Winter Mountain Leader

  • Duke of Edinburgh Assessor

  • REC Advanced First Aid


Like most of us at Plas y Brenin, my holidays are spent doing what I do for work but different! Any time hanging out and sharing experiences with like-minded people means a good trip.

A couple of highlights include:

First descent of the Rio Santa Tomas in Peru – a self-supported multi-day kayak expedition.

Racing at the Mega Avalanche 2017 (the biggest downhill race in Europe). I met loads of great people, the tracks are amazing and there’s nothing quite like sprinting off the line with 250 other riders!


My goals for 2018 include surviving another season of racing the UK Gravity Enduro Season, and returning to the Mega Avalanche to improve upon last years result.