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Swing through the trees at Lydiard Park
1:00pm Monday 14th October 2013 in News
HAVE you ever had the impulse when looking up at the trees to jump, step, swing and fly through the leafy world above?
Well you will now be able to bring that dream to reality thanks to the new Jungle Parc which opened in Lydiard Park over the weekend.
The X-plorer Course has 50 different tree trekking activities for adults and older children. These include Tarzan swings, cargo nets, swinging logs and zip lines.
Visitors to the course will see themselves attached to a harness and let loose with the assurance that if they fall, a sturdy wire will save them from the wood chippings below.
The brains behind the new adventure park is Maria Appino who has set up similar course in Liverpool and Irchester. She came up with the idea after living in the French Alps and meeting someone who could build the tree havens from scratch.
She opened a course for children at Lydiard Park last year and due to its spiralling success she decided to set about on building a playground for adults.
“There are loads of really different sections – some you have to use your upper body strength for, others it’s your balancing skills that come into play,” said Maria, joint director of the park. “We have already had quite a bit of interest from schools and corporate groups.
“Nearly every parent always asks is there anything for their teenagers or something they can go on – so I think it will be really popular.
“Lydiard Park always has a lot of people coming to it and I think people will really enjoy this.”
Danny Weir, manager of the site, has been around the course and said his favourite part was the green netting as it allows users to walk across the whole area.
“This is a lot harder and bigger than the children’s one,” said Danny. “Even people who are scared of heights should come down as it is always good to face your fears.”
The whole course took about three weeks to build but planning for it began 12 months ago.
Anyone wishing to have a go is advised to wear trainers or good grip shoes and comfy clothes that they do not mind getting a bit dirty.
It takes between one and two hours to complete it. To book a place or to find out more information visit jungleparc.co.uk or call 0844 879 4378.
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