This month we have a guest blog. Written by Colin on his recent trip to North Wales
North Wales is fast becoming a Mecca for thrill seeking and adventure. On my most recent trip, I was invited along to Zip World Caverns in Blaenau Ffestiniog by my girlfriend's parents. They had previously braved the Zip World Velocity (the world's fastest zip wire) and were keen for some more action. The Zip World Caverns are described as a remarkable, uniquely exhilarating and atmospheric underground adventure that has been inaccessible for nearly 200 years. Essentially, it's a 'go ape esque' zip wire adventure deep inside the Welsh slate caverns. What more could you want?
After getting kitted out with all the safety gear, we headed down into the caverns in our group to get taught the basics by a friendly instructor. Once ready, we were left to our own devices in the main area to complete the course in our own time, which took around 2 hours. It starts with a daunting traverse across the cavern walls. At this point I didn't dare look down as the drop was huge. Of course, there is no risk of falling as you are clipped in at all times but that doesn't stop the panic. We were told the first bit is designed to be the worst so you can get it over with and relax into the rest of the course. Once settled, the next 2 hours sees you zig zag across the caverns on at least 15 zip wires interspersed with mini climbs, tackling rope bridges, ladders, shuffling through tunnels etc. It's an exhausting day but one that feels incredibly rewarding. None of our group (which contained my girlfriend's parents, both in their 50s) were your classic adventure/climbing types but as long as you are reasonably in shape you shouldn't have an issue handling the obstacles. Therefore, I would strongly recommend this to anyone, which is what I have already been doing since my visit.
The whole experience was great from the friendliness of the staff, to the professionalism of the whole set up. What really adds to the atmosphere is the lighting they have installed inside the caverns which meant I couldn't resist getting my phone out to take loads of snaps on the way round.
If you're staying at Rivercatcher then I would 100% recommend making a visit here. It's about an hour's drive from Rivercatcher through the stunning Snowdonia landscape and there's plenty of nice pubs to stop at for a pint and a bite to eat on your way home
By Colin, from London - http://www.zipworld.co.uk/adventure/detail/caverns