Netting a major pirate pull

Britain’s first ever treetop net adventure course based on pirate legend is set to get landlubbers hooked.

The £250,000 project will see the Lake District Visitor Centre at Brockhole, Windermere, host a clever concept developed by a French yachting expert experimenting with rigging in trees.

It will operate in conjunction with Treetop Trek, the hugely successful attraction attracting 50,000 users a year and shortlisted for a tourism award.

Owner Mike Turner said the go-ahead for Treetop Nets signalled an exhilarating new era for adventure junkies at Brockhole.

He added: “I’m delighted with today’s Lake District National Park Authority decision to allow a second treetop installation at the renowned centre.

“We have turned to the area’s rich heritage in pirate stories and legend to theme the exciting new course.

“It utilises high grade sailing nets specially woven together and suspended between trees to create passes, tunnels and play areas. The result is that children as young as three can explore.”

Treetop Trek – up for a Tourism Experience of the Year award – has welcomed visitors aged from five to 86.

Mike says the new addition is in response to demand for more high-level action and that the two attractions will employ a staff of 20 at peak periods.

Brockhole development programme director Adam Thomas said it was a hugely exciting time for an acclaimed site on the shores of Windermere.

He explained: “We already attract 230,000 annual visitors and know people of all ages will flock to the twin trek and net experiences. The Lake District is an adventure hub known all over the world and there’s no better place for this safe, yet thrilling, challenge.”

Construction is due to start at the beginning of June and expected to take around six weeks with the completion planned for the start of school summer holidays.

Richard Greenwood, Cumbria Tourism’s Head of Operations, commented: “TreeTop Trek’s all new TreeTop Nets Adventure, at Brockhole, is exactly the type of innovative attraction we are keen to see developed in the Lake District, Cumbria. This is an exciting first for the UK and is set to be a great fun activity appealing to kids of all ages. We hope it will also stimulate a long term interest in adventure and in Cumbria’s great outdoors – the UK’s Adventure Capital and the country’s biggest adventure playground.”

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