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McArdle Disease (GSD5)

Activity & Exercise

In McArdle disease, building and maintaining a high level of aerobic fitness is essential. Here we introduce key aspects which can help you do just that.

Children & Parents event, Wales, 2020

We will be back in 2022, as “The McArdle’s Experience”, in Pembrokeshire, subject of course to the Welsh Government’s regulations to protect people in the COVID-19 pandemic. The dates are: Saturday 30 July to Saturday 6 August 2022, with the Children & Parents event overlapping – Friday 29 July to Tuesday 2 August. Watch out for more details.

The event is now in its sixth year, and this time will be in the Snowdonia National Park, North Wales. It has previously also been held in the Pembrokeshire Coast and Brecon Beacons National Parks.

Children and parents from England, Scotland, France and USA.

The programme

In effect this is a mini-version of the walking course but with a greater emphasis on fun and making friends. The learning is more individual and the walks are shorter, and combined with visits and sightseeing that will help to fix the memories.

It is intended for children with McArdle’s and, due to limited accommodation, preferably just one parent. If requested, we will try to accommodate a second parent and/or unaffected siblings – please contact us if you would like us to look into this.

Travelling from overseas

In the past children and parents have attended from UK, USA and France. Those from outside the UK have often integrated attendance at this event into a longer family holiday in the UK, giving better value on the travel cost.

Setting off on a level path.

Dates of the event

The dates of the event are:
Thursday 13 to Monday 17 August 2020.

Like last year this is a day longer than we have usually done before, now more than a long weekend!

A chance to meet more adults

The first full day (Thursday) will coincide with the end of the adult course, so there will be an opportunity for parents to meet with some adult McArdle-ites. 

Old and young on the first Children & Parents event.

Details of venue etc as adult course

The details of leader, programme, the centre, testimonials, walks and travel are much the same as for the main course – but this event is shorter and much less challenging. Please see the previous tab regarding the walking course for all those details.

We shall be staying in Bryn Engan Farmhouse which has single ensuite rooms. We will endeavour to place children and their parents in adjacent rooms. For younger children, parents may prefer to move a mattress into their room, floor space is tight but it can be done.

The cost of the event

The cost of the event this year will be free for affected children, £170 Sterling (approx. US $220) per adult, and £90 for unaffected siblings. This includes all accommodation, food and activities during the week, but you have to get to Snowdonia.

We do not want cost to be a barrier to attendance, so please contact us if you wish to discuss what is possible.

Lucy and Irene admiring a “tree” growing crystals – a present from the mother of a McArdle boy in Japan.



Places will be allocated on a first come first served basis. There is a variety of single, twin and triple rooms. We will allocate family groups as best we can.

Click here for our on-line booking form.

Once your place is confirmed you will be asked to pay a deposit of £60 per head or the full amount. If you pay only the deposit the balance will be payable one month before the course.

Contact us with any questions
For any further information and questions please email Andrew Wakelin the McArdle’s coordinator.