Zip World Fforest Coaster

Fforest Coaster

Date

24 March 2019

Location

Betwys-y-coed
SH 80520 57404; 53.10040°N, 3.78598°W

Information

In March 2016 Zip World Fforest opened on the site formerly known as Tree Tops Adventure set in 120 acres of the Gwydyr Forest in Betws-y-coed. The attractions on offer included zip line and rope courses through the tree canopy, a Powerfan freefall simulator (“basejumping without a parachute”), and a giant swing. The adventure experiences on offer were augmented in May 2017 with the opening of Fforest Coaster – the UK’s only Alpine Coaster. On the first 500 metres of the track, sledges are hauled uphill, from where they then make their gravity-driven descent at speeds of up to 25 mph down the remaining 710 metres of the course.

Further Reading

Fforest Coaster (Zip World Fforest);
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Zip World Adventure Terminal

Zip World Adventure Terminal

Date

17 September 2017

Location

Penrhyn Quarry, Bethesda
SH 62228 65513; 53.16883°N, 4.06249°W

Information

Construction of Zip World’s new £3.3 million Adventure Terminal started in spring 2016 and it was built by Llanelli-based WRW Construction. The opening of the company’s new headquarters was planned for Easter 2017 but took place in September 2017. In addition to offices and the kitting-up area for the zip-line ‘flyers’, the building features the Blondin restaurant/café bar together with viewing galleries and a function space.

Further Reading

Zip World;
Penrhyn Quarry

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Zip World

Zip World

Zip World

Date

23 September 2013
Location

Penrhyn Quarry, Bethesda

SH 62228 65513; 53.16883°N, 4.06249°W

Information

Zip World, site of the longest zip line in the northern hemisphere, opened in a disused part of Penrhyn Quarry in March 2013. The adventure attraction was created by ex-Royal Marine skydiver Sean Taylor, who also runs the Tree Top Adventure centre in Betws-y-coed.

The 1600m-long Big Zipper is also claimed to be the world’s fastest, with maximum speeds of over 100 mph. The shorter Little Zipper is 450m long and has a maximum speed of 45 mph.

Zip World Snowdonia;
Mile-long zip wire unveiled in Wales (Telegraph Travel);
Penrhyn Quarry

 

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