Zipping down the side of a mountain or bouncing underneath a slate cavern?
Why choose when you can give both a go! Zip World Titan has both of these activities and more on offer. Nestled deep in the Snowdonia mountains is an activity company that wants us to experience adventure.
At the end of May, Joe and I headed up to Snowdonia to take on the Zip World Titan. The world’s largest zip zone. While we were there, we had a few other adventures on the Zip World sister sites. Let’s start with the Fforest Coaster. The Fforest coaster is found in the Zip World Fforest near Betws y Coed. Bounce Below is found with Titan at the Slate Caverns in Blaenau Ffestiniog.
The coaster is a 710m long metal toboggan run in the deep woodlands of Snowdonia. You will then fly through the woodlands Reaching a top speed of 25mph (40kmph). To get whizzing down the side of this forested hillside is pretty easy. Start off at the bottom, getting into one of the small red toboggans. Strap your seat belt on and await your turn. Just before you head off an instructor ticks off your wristband. This keeps track of how many times you ride the Fforest Coaster. You are allowed 3 goes on the coaster. So plenty of chances to experience the speed of the toboggan.
Then off you go, an uplift system pulls you and your toboggan up the steep tracks, where you can watch others whizz down the track as you go up. Listening to the whoops and screams of the other adventure seekers. It’s pretty cool when you get higher up as the tall forest trees tower around you. Forming this tunnel you travel through. Once you reach the top there are a few signs on how to break the toboggan for the corners and what signs to expect on your way down.
Then it’s time to experience adventure!
A couple of seconds later you journey down the run begins. Gathering speed quickly, swinging around the corners, you are around 1.5m away from the trees. Almost close enough to touch! However, don’t worry you are in complete control of the speed with the breaks. On my first run I used the breaks to get used to the turns in the track. It’s not long until you reach the bottom. Jump out and head back to the queue for your next go.
On my last 2 goes, I got faster and used the breaks less as I got used to the feel of the run. It was fantastic just whizzing through the trees, they are so close it makes it feel so much faster. They just blur around you, and the wind sends your hair crazy too. Joe being Joe, just didn’t use the breaks at all, on any of his runs. The toboggans have an automatic braking system that keeps everything under control and monitors the space between the other riders. I liked this, as the spacing it keeps makes it feel like you’re the only person whizzing down the run. This Welsh rollercoaster is one for those all-around adventure lovers out there.
If the toboggan rollercoaster is not your cup of tea, or if you are looking for even more adventure, then head over to the Slate Caverns where you will find Bounce Below. This is a seriously unique way to experience adventure, an underground playground in an old Victorian slate mine. The ultimate trampoline adventure in my opinion! Unleash your inner ninja with 6 netted layers to bounce on.
After kitting up with helmets and a quick briefing, you have an hour to explore the underground cavern. Each trampoline layer is connected by stairs and slides. From the top to the bottom there are 4 huge steel slides that take you down through the darkness to the levels below. Some of the ‘rooms’ have giant red bouncy balls to bounce with, throw about and whatever else you can do with a giant bouncy ball. Colourful lights brighten your route and speakers nestled in the walls playing some good tunes to bogey and bounce to as you go.
New groups enter the caverns every 15 minutes like a cycle. We were a part of the first group of the day, so the first 15-20 minutes were just our group, which was the best bit. Not as many people meant more space for trampolining. As the hour went on it got very hot bouncing around, and extremely tiring too. It doesn’t look like much work. Let me tell you this, it was exhausting! A quick water break and we were back trying out the slides heading right down to the bottom layers of this underground playground.
Our favourite area of the whole subterranean playground was down a netted walkway which leads to a huge spiral. A spiral of net that you climb and bounce your way all the way up this “bounceway” (not a word, but I think it should be!). The path is lit in shades of blue and purple, about halfway up there is small bounce room which tends to be a bit quieter than the rest of the place. Continue up to the top of the spiral, find the small tunnel that you have to crawl through. It’s a bit steep and once you get to the top you are surprised to find out you end up back where you started at the entrance of the Bounce Below.
There are so many more feelings and experiences in both of these adventures. I’d love to share them all with you. However, you need to go in search of them yourself. If you get a chance to experience adventure with Zip World be sure to let me know. I want to hear what you get up to there!
Fforest Coaster and Bounce Below aren’t the only things I did when I visited Snowdonia. A stop off at Bala Lake and taking on the challenge of Zip World Titan were included in the adventure. Be sure to have a read of my other posts from my trip to Wales:
See you next time and happy adventuring!
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