New zipline reaches speeds of 125 mph

A new zipline that launched in North Wales last month can reach speeds of 125 miles per hour, making it a must for adrenaline junkies as it's thought to be the fastest in the world.

With a 20 degree decline, riders of Velocity 2 at Zip World can go from 0 - 60mph in just 10 seconds.

The longer landing zone and significant investment in the braking mechanism means that Velocity riders can arrive up to 70 per cent faster which is even more exciting and enables operation in more extreme wind conditions. The zipline can also carry riders up to 130 kgs.

The attraction has doubled the capacity at Velocity, meaning that four riders can now fly through the rugged Welsh scenery together.

Sean Taylor, co-founder at Zip World, says: “Velocity 2 is the fastest zip line in the world and it’s right here in North Wales, the adventure capital of Europe.

"The new experience features custom-made technology developed by our world-class team, to increase speed, accessibility and comfort for our riders and spectators alike.”

The new development offers a completely different experience for riders as they soar through the air at speed, 500 feet above the lake in Penrhyn Quarry, Bethesda.

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The new launch-pad features a specially engineered bed that is lowered for takeoff, increasing accessibility for people with mobility issues. The trolleys feature state of the art technology - making the zip wire quieter so that riders feel even closer to flying while the new patented braking system allows for a quicker and smoother arrival.

Zip World have invested in its visitor experience too. The new location for the ‘little zipper’, the first zip line of the Velocity experience, is located directly in front of the purpose-built viewing platform at the new Adventure Terminal. The building includes the Blondin Restaurant, which serves a collection of locally sourced food, drinks and cakes.

Since the original Velocity experience launched in 2013, the world-class adventure has already welcomed in excess of 260,000 riders.

For children aged 10 and upward, prices start from £75 per person.

Megan is the owner of Rural Roots Media, specialising in rural tourism, where her passion for travel, heritage and a great visitor experience inspired her to start 'The Rural Travel Guide'.

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