moving from one area to the next through the
roped tunnels. I could hear the squeals of those
plunging down the slides from one hanging
pod to the next. We wasted no time joining in.
I felt like a little kid again. We laughed as
we tried to steady ourselves. Others around
me were falling down, upsetting the balance,
and setting off more giggles. The only sobering
moment was when I sat still long enough to
look through the nets below; it dawned on me
how surreal it was to be suspended in a mine
tunnel with a bottom that is impossible to see.
But what I did see below were
the ziplines that made up Zip World
Next, we went to the world’s first sub-
terranean adult playground, Bounce
Below, which opened just one year
ago at the same location.
After entering a 177-year-old abandoned
mine cavern, we walked down mining corridors
until we reached two chambers. There, 180 feet
up from the bottom, is a hanging playground
made entirely of bouncy nets, linked together
by netting walkways, tunnels and slides. (Young
children have their own age-appropriate version in a separate area.)
People were tossing themselves around and
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IN THE QUAINT SHEEP-FARMING COUNTRY of Wales lies the largest zipline zone in Europe. Operated by Zip World, it is sure
to give adrenaline junkies their fix. The company’s Velocity line, for example, is one of the
longest and fastest ziplines in the world, with
riders flying down mountains and over a cliff at
speeds in excess of 100 mph.
In 2014, Zip World expanded with the
installation of Zip World Titan — the only
four-person zipline in Europe — at the historical Llechwedd Slate Caverns, a slate quarry and
mine in the town of Blaenau Ffestiniog. What
better way to experience ziplining than going
side by side with your buddies, simultaneously
feeling the rush of the wind in your faces?
When I arrived at the caverns, Zip World
outfitted our group with orange jumpsuits,
helmets and goggles (the latter keeps the wind
out so you can actually see the views around
you) and drove us to the first of the Titan lines.
We stepped onto a large metal platform containing four cables, and an attendant hooked
and strapped us in, double checking all safety
features. We faced a gate that opened up, and
we flew out like racehorses leaving their stalls.
And race we did. Going over the quarry, we
whooped, hollered and laughed as we ziplined
at 70 mph. At the end, we were unhooked and
With an underground adult playground,
a four-person zipline and more, Wales’
Zip World caters to thrill-seekers
by ZORIANNA KIT
Riders can zipline over
cliffs and across canyons
at speeds of up to (and
sometimes over) 100 mph.
From the playground,
guests can look down onto
An underground play
area is located in an
abandoned mine cave.