Chessington World of Adventures Resort have submitted plans for a new ‘Forest Segway Tours’ attraction to be located next to its Go Ape High Ropes course.
Proposed to be located within the Sixty Acre Wood, the segway course will take guests on a circuit through the forest allowing them to explore areas of the woodland and countryside in their natural setting using pre-defined routes. The tours will be operated by Go Ape under its ‘Forest Segway Tours’ brand, and will use the existing reception building to welcome visitors. Sessions, which can accommodate up to 14 guests, will be led by a member of Go Ape staff who will give visitors a short training session before commencing the tour which will last approximately 90 minutes.
The 1600m circular route will begin and end by the existing Go Ape High Ropes attraction and has been designed to follow natural and unimpeded routes through the woodland, therefore preserving the natural environment. The track will also be built using a method called ‘no-dig’ construction meaning a membrane will be laid to separate the track from the soil before a top layer of porous, crushed stone is added. Also proposed is wood-clad storage hut which will be located adjacent to the start/finish point of the course.
This latest proposal is designed to complement the existing Go Ape offering, allowing visitors to choose between the current High Ropes Course, new Forest Segway Tour, or do both attractions. The plans also form a part of Chessington World or Adventures’ wider Long Term Development Plan, part of which identified the Sixty Acre Wood as an area which could be used for an attraction to encourage access to the woodland and outdoor activities. As well as this newest application, the Resort have also recently submitted plans for safari lodge accommodation, and a refresh of the Mystic East area of the theme park, with both applications currently awaiting a decision from the Local Authority.
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