Adrena(zip)line action rumoured to hit Aberystwyth

IT HAS BEEN revealed that Aberystwyth could see the development of a zip-wire attraction above the iconic promenade. In a bid to take advantage of the rise in sports tourism that is sweeping the UK, a spokesman from Ceredigion county council stated that they “have been investigating the viability of a zip wire attraction.” This would take inspiration from various other UK locations such as Liverpool where a zip wire has been erected in the main shopping street and Bournemouth seafront where the first pier-to-shore zip wire recently opened.

Constitution Hill70This growing demand for extreme sports sparks hopes that the zip wire will boost Aberystwyth’s economy, as outdoor activity currently makes a 10% contribution to the Welsh tourism economy, according to Visit Wales, the Welsh Government’s tourism team. Recent figures also show outdoor activity tourism is supporting more than 8,000 Welsh jobs.

Recent news of the zip wire that is proposed to start at Constitution Hill with the decent to the Pier in Aberystwyth, has sparked excitement amongst the student community much like the bid to bring a 300ft water slide to Carmarthen.

Students around campus were excited from the news: Ev Cragg said “It will be great to have another activity to do in Aber” and Ffion Wen Jones said “It will be a really awesome idea and will encourage more people to go up Constitution Hill, not just students but tourists too.” Whilst others have called it “A gimmick to induce tourism into a deteriorating town.”

However, it was also stressed by the council spokesman that the project was “very much in its infancy at this time and no commitment installing such an attraction has yet been made.”

The spokesman added:

“The council is conscious that key new attractions must be in keeping with the local ambience and must complement what is already being provided.

“An idea such as this must be balanced against the iconic image of the Aberystwyth promenade and the need to preserve the integrity and image of the town.”

If the project was put into action, Aberystwyth would join other areas of Wales in adrenaline-fuelled fun. Snowdonia is now considered to be the zip line capital of the world thanks to the opening of a new zip line at Llechwedd Slate Caverns near the historic mining town of Blaenau Ffestiniog. The zip line, at Penryhn Quarry, Bethesda, attracted more than 40,000 visitors in its first nine months. Aberystwyth would be set to take a big boost in tourism with £220 million spent by day trippers, £236 million by domestic overnight visitors and £24million from international overnight visitors according to Visit Wales.

Tourism Minister Edwina Hart said:

“Wales offers a wide range of outdoor activities and adventure opportunities for visitors have an important role to play in attracting visitors to Wales.

“The tourism strategy for Wales aims to improve the quality and further develop the activities offered to visitors.”