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Work is scheduled to start this week on a brand new family adventure activity in the heart of the Lake District, Cumbria, the UK’s Adventure Capital.
Construction will start in earnest as the brand new privately funded and run family activity called ‘Treetop Trek’, is developed in the trees alongside the shore of lake Windermere, at Brockhole.
The attraction will see a significant investment in a high ropes adventure activity, aimed at the family dabbler market, giving visitors a chance to swing, jump, climb and zip amongst some of the Lake District’s finest scenery.
Construction will be completed after Christmas and the attraction is aiming to launch by Easter 2012 creating eight new jobs in the local economy
The exciting and fun aerial obstacle course will include rope bridges, wobbly logs and zip wires. Designed for all abilities with an area specifically for children as young as five years old the course will traverse through magnificent oak woodland, ending with a unique triple zip wire descent over the wildflower meadow.
The ropes course has been designed by, international ropes course expert Nick Moriarty and his company Ropes Course Developments Ltd, who have over the years developed over 500 courses, in 20 different countries, serving over two million users alongside Cumbrian business man Mike Turner who was behind the hugely successful ‘Treetrekking’ activities at the four UK Centerparcs sites.
The course will showcase a state of the art ‘continuous belay system’ so that once fastened into a harness by an instructor, the ‘Treetreker’ remains secured to a rope and is completely safe at all times. It enables a far broader range of participation than traditional ropes courses including children and school groups.
To ensure this new activity is open to a wider audience than tradition treetop activities this brand new course will be split into height stages ranging from 5m right up to an adrenalin pumping 14m.
Mike Turner owner of Treetop Trek said: ‘’We want to give everyone the chance to have a go but equally to have something to aspire to and hopefully come back time and time again. It’s all about challenge through fun not fear. Without doubt, adventure is still top of the agenda but we also hope participants will be able to learn more about the ancient woodland and local ecology by getting a lot closer to it."’
He added: "We are very excited at the prospect of building and operating within the National Park, especially at such an established family attraction like Brockhole, where car parking, free admission, excellent catering and play facilities are already in place.’’
Ian Stephens, Managing Director of Cumbria Tourism said: ‘’Treetop Trek is an example of the type of attraction we are keen to see developed in the Lake District, Cumbria. This is a great fun activity situated in a breathtaking location and will appeal to all age groups especially families. In particular, it will give youngsters a taste of adventure and we hope will also stimulate a long term interest in adventure and in Cumbria’s great outdoors. Treetop Trek adds to the growing list of adventure attractions and to the Lake District’s reputation as the UK’s Adventure Capital and the country's biggest adventure playground.’’