Zip World North Wales has the longest zip line in Europe and is now open at Penrhyn Quarry, Bethesda. “The nearest thing to flying!”
The Zip World North Wales site contains two specially constructed and spectacular zip lines, the first will take you down to the bottom of the quarry where you will pick up your specialised vehicle for a magnificent quarry tour, before zip lining back for a mile to the start.CLICK for the Zip World website
Zip World North Wales, as featured on BBC News, the BBC One Show and Blue Peter
Just recently Zip World North Wales has been fortunate to have BBC News and the BBC One Show visit them to run a feature on the quarry and the zip line. Also, Blue Peter who sent Barney over to tackle the zip line and the Daily Mail also ran a feature on Zip World Wales too which has been fabulous and Zip World Wales look forward to seeing you there very soon.
You will be going at speeds of over 100 mph and you will be traveling 700ft above the mountain lake so be ready for a ride of a lifetime!
What To Expect
Zip World Snowdonia is a guided adventure experience that lasts for 2-3 hours (subject to group size) – largely outdoors.
Participants will be supplied with a flying suit to wear that is wind and shower proof. Helmets and goggles will also be supplied.
It is essential to bring warm clothing and a waterproof coat (and ideally waterproof trousers). Footwear must be fitted securely. Walking boots are ideal.
Harnesses contain a secure pocket for wallets and small cameras.
The zip lining experience requires very little physical effort on the part of participants; however, an ability to walk 200 metres on a track, wearing a harness, is necessary.
It may also be necessary for participants to carry their own trolley.
Zip World North Wales is able to offer the experience to people with a wide range of disabilities – given appropriate notice.
For most people, the activity is psychologically challenging! However, participation in the Little Zipper first provides some useful progression.
A Journey Through Time
The Zip World North Wales Experience is located in the most dramatic of settings – Penrhyn Quarry which is nestled amongst the mountains of north Wales.
For more than 200 years men have laboured to extract valuable Welsh slate. In its heyday, more than 2000 men were employed as quarrymen. Today machinery has replaced all but 200 men but the quarry is still exporting slate to the far side of the world.
The Zip Lines are located in part of the quarry that has been decommissioned for ten years and already flora and fauna are reappearing. The rides provide a bird’s-eye view of 200 years of history, the working quarry and the spectacular north wales coast including Anglesey and on a clear day even the Isle of Man.
History has and continues to be made in Penrhyn Quarry.
- It was once the largest slate quarry in the world
- The first operations (in North Wales) using general anaesthetic were successfully performed in the quarry hospital
- It was where the first zip lines were built more than 100 years ago to extract rock (these were known as Blondins after the famous tightrope walker)
- Infamously it is where the longest dispute (strike) in British Industrial History took place
- Today we have the longest and fastest zip lines in Europe