The Fforest Coaster is located at Zip World in North Wales Conwy Valley. The thrill ride, which is set in 120 acres of forest is based on the traditional toboggan but runs on rails offering riders an exhilarating all year, all-weather adventure.
Fforest Coaster at Zip World
Opened in May 2017, the Fforest Coaster at Zip World in Betws-y-Coed, Wales is the first alpine coaster in the UK. The thrill ride features a gravity-driven downhill run of 2,330 feet (710 m) reaching a top speed of 25 miles per hour as it twists and turns through the 120-acre Fforest wonderland.
Alpine coasters are unique among amusement park rides in that the rider has complete control over their speed and ride experience. Riders can opt for either a fast thrilling ride or use the brake for a slower more leisurely run.
Each toboggan accommodates one or two passengers and can be slowed down using brake handles located on either side of the toboggan. For safety reasons, riders are advised to place their hands on the brakes at all times. Pulling the brake handle causes the toboggan to slow down, pushing or letting go of the handle causes the brakes to release, allowing the toboggan to accelerate.
Fforest Coaster Statistics
Top Speed – 40km/h 25mph
Cost – £unknown
Length – 2330ft 710m
Height – 16ft 5m
Manufacturer – Wiegand Sports GmbH
Type – Mountain Coaster
Lift/Launch – Chain Lift
Inversions – 0
G-Force – Unknown
Trains – Unknown
Passengers per Train – 1
Ride Duration – Unknown
Theme Park – Zip World
Year Opened – 2017
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Enjoy three hair-raising rides on the Fforest coaster for only £20 when you purchase a voucher from Red Letter Days. Zip along the rails in a self-controlled toboggan, darting between the trees at high speeds up to 25mph.
The Fforest Coaster Experience
Riders are initially taken up a 500-metre lift hill through the stunning woodland. Once the toboggan reaches the crest of the hill, passengers are whisked around the forest, skirting just 1.5 meters from the surrounding trees before reaching a mid-station where there is a change of direction. As the descent is completely gravity-driven, the rider is able to control their speed using the brake levers. Thrill-seekers who chose not to break at all can reach speeds of up to 25mph. The self-braking and distance control system limits the maximum speed and helps maintain a safe distance between the toboggans.
Riders traverse ten big bends as they dart around the track. The highest point of the Fforest Coaster comes at the fourth bend which stands 5.2 metres off the ground. After passing this bend, visitors flying through the forest will then come across two 4m high turns near the end. Depending on the speed, each ride lasts for approximately six minutes.
The Fforest Coaster runs throughout the day. Every hour, 35 toboggans will whizz 250 adventure lovers around the track. Rain or shine, the coaster is an all-weather experience, so it is good to ride all year round no matter what the forecast.
Fforest Coaster Restrictions?
Those who want to ride the Fforest Coaster must be aged 3 or above. Children between the ages of 3 and 8 must be accompanied by at least one participating adult per child. Children up to the age of 17 must be accompanied by at least one spectating adult. A maximum combined weight of 150kgs also applies. Height restrictions do not apply.
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