Adventures at Lake Windermere’s popular Treetop Trek attraction

Those looking to beat the January blues and kick off the new year with a sense of accomplishment should look no further than a day at Treetop Trek.

The popular Lake District attraction has been challenging people of all ages to embark on their exhilarating aerial adventure for the better part of a decade and will soon celebrate a milestone, with its 10th anniversary this summer.

The spectacular high ropes course features more than 30 obstacles suspended up to 18 meters high, enticing adults and children to swing, climb, balance and fly through the ancient tree canopy, before ending with a thrilling descent in 250 meter triple zip line to the shores of Lake Windermere.

Treetop Trek director Mike Turner took a chance when he opened the all-weather attraction at his Brockhole site in 2012, aiming to inspire people of all ages to get outside and experience nature from new heights .

Since then Treetop Trek has gone from strength to strength and has been a key driver in the revitalization of Brockhole, the Lake District visitor center that has become an iconic destination for family entertainment.

Visitors looking for a fun-filled day out can easily spend a few hours or the whole day exploring the flagship site, with plenty of family-friendly activities, places to eat and shop, water sports and beautiful gardens leading directly to on the shore of Lake Windermere.

Significant developments have added to the strong appeal of Treetop Trek over the past 10 years including the opening of a partner site at Heaton Park in Manchester and the addition of Treetop Nets in 2014 which was the first trail of its kind UK.

The nets include over 1800m2 of giant inflatable trampolines, slides, walkways and tunnels, all fully enclosed and suspended safely between the trees, allowing children ages 3 and up to have fun.

“Bringing the nets to the UK was such an exciting project for the company and it’s fantastic to see juniors trying their hand at exploring the trees and running free in a totally safe environment, with no harnesses needed.” said Mike Turner.

Accessibility is also a key goal for the Treetop Trek team, and they have worked in partnership with the Bendrigg Trust for many years to make outdoor adventure more inclusive for people with disabilities.

Mike Turner comments: “The Lake District is synonymous with outdoor adventure, but that shouldn’t be limited only to those who are physically able.”

More recently, they have invested significantly in making the entire course modifiable to accommodate wheelchairs, including access to zip line activities with specialized lifting equipment and a new braking system that ensures a landing low impact.

Treetop Trek is open daily, 9am-5pm – and offers routes suitable for all ages, abilities and confidence levels. www.treetoptrek.co.uk.

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