Lytham the home to UK's first indoor high ropes course
PUBLISHED: 00:16 09 November 2011 | UPDATED: 20:15 20 February 2013
A Lytham mum with a thirst for adventure has opened the country's first indoor high ropes course Photography by Kirsty Thompson
Anyone who saw Sarah Ansell sobbing as she completed a high ropes course in Grizedale Forest would have been unlikely to guess her next career move. The mum of three has now opened her own rope adventure course in Lytham.
The indoor centre the first of its kind in Europe opened in Autumn and has already introduced people of all ages to the kind of thrills which brought tears to Sarahs eyes.
It was at the point where I had an 80 foot drop into a cargo net, she said. I loved it, but I cried.
The centre she has opened with husband Rob in a former warehouse on Preston Road doesnt have room for an 80 foot drop, but does include climbing walls, hanging ropes, stepping logs, rope ladders and other nerve-jangling obstacles.
The centre grew out of the frustration the couples younger children felt when they saw their elder sibling take to the ropes. Georgia waited and waited to do a high ropes course and when she was old enough and tall enough she went and we had to explain to Jack and Katie that they werent allowed to join in, Sarah said.
Rob and I were looking for a project wed looked at all sorts of things and we had reached that stage of our lives when if we didnt do it, we never would. We started to research indoor courses and the more we researched it, the more we couldnt understand why an indoor course like this hadnt been done before in the UK.
Sarah, a former nurse, and chartered surveyor Rob, are now trained as instructors, and Sarah added: It has taken us a long time to get to this point. It has been the biggest learning curve of my life but I am so pleased to be able to do this here in Lytham. To have done this away from home would have been very hard for us and for the children, but doing it here has made them very popular at school.
It is suitable for everyone from six-year-olds up, as long as they fit in the harness, there are no restrictions. Businesses can do team-building here, we have what we are calling a Golden Afternoon too for older people. And were indoors, so the weather makes no difference.
Because of the way the ropes are attached you can move around the course in any direction you want and we can change and update the course, too.
The print version of this article appeared in the November 2011 issue of Lancashire Life
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