The UK’s only eco adventure park, GreenWood Forest Park in Y Felinheli, has declared its new fully solar powered action ride, ‘SolarSplash’, officially open and Llechwedd Slate Caverns in Blaenau Ffestiniog has launched a new deep mine tour which will transport visitors to ‘another time and place’.
Greenwood Forest Park is known to be the first solar powered ride in the UK, it boasts a huge water slide with two wave chutes, each approximately 60 metres long, alongside a spiral tube chute at 91 metres long. The ride starts at the top of a 12 metre high tower, reached following a climb of some 64 steps with far reaching views across Snowdonia, and finishes 80 metres away at ground level. Shoot down the super-fast slides in bespoke dinghies made for two people at speeds of up to 25 miles an hour. With 25 dinghies in use, the ride can take up to 400 thrill seekers per hour with an age limit starting at three years or 950mm tall. Safe in the enclave of the dinghy, riders will not get wet but will simply skim the waters on the rapid descent.
The new tour at Llechwedd Slate Caverns uses extraordinary light projection, enhanced reality technology and explosive special effects to bring to life the reality and experience of the men and boys who worked in the slate mine during the 19th century. Local expert guides, many whom have multi-generational family links to the slate industry and incredible family stories of their own, will accompany visitors around the mine’s caverns and tunnels on the hour-long tour. The new tour begins with a ride underground on the steepest cable railway in Britain. As visitors make their journey 500 feet down into the belly of the mountain the clock will turn back 160 years. The story of the slate industry is a hugely important part of Wales’ heritage.
With Surf Snowdonia officially opening up again this month and Zip World adding more wires to its 100mph zip line in Bethesda, North Wales is fast becoming the location for Wales Adventures and much more.
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