Adrenaline Junkie! Hangloose at The Eden Project, Cornwall
When I was planning these series of trips around the UK and Ireland we had just returned from Canada having taken on the EdgeWalk at the CN Tower, our trip to Norway was still fresh in my mind with the climb to Preikestolen with 600 metre drops on all sides, and we had also enjoyed so much adventure in Iceland. It’s fair to say I had the adrenaline bug! I wanted to try and include some exciting, heart pounding activities and show some of what is on offer here closer to home.
When planning our trip to Cornwall we knew that we wanted to visit the Eden Project, somewhere I had wanted to visit for a long time. I then discovered Hangloose…an adventure activity site located at the Eden Project. I started looking at the activities you could take part in…free falls, giant swings, and one of the longest and fastest zip wires in the UK! Perfect!!!
Off season the activities only run on the weekends and we booked up to take part in the adrenaline junkie package! If you book online this is £42 (a bargain). This included Gravity – a huge giant swing (this induced the loudest screams!), Big Air jumping from a high platform into a massive air cushion, The Drop – a real test of faith, stepping off from a high platform with just the ground beneath attached to a strap which after an initial short free fall glides you down to solid ground, and then the highlight for me and the part I was looking forward to most…Skywire…a 660 metre long zip line reaching speeds up to 60mph!
First up was Skywire…this was awesome! We had been weighed and had our equipment fitted by the staff and were taken by minibus to the start of the wire, the opposite side of the Eden Project, a wooden platform perched over a cliff top! Clipped to the wire you are guided into position, lying on your front in the press up position with the soles of your feet pushing against a metal bar attached to you harness, you are then given instructions on what to do with your hands during the flight! This really was a flight! With your head overhanging the platform edge the route is confirmed clear, you are given a countdown, the nerves kick in, 3…2…1…and you are released!
It’s almost a gentle start, but then as you accelerate the ground beneath you drops away even further and it hits you how high you actually are! You fly over the Eden Project, it’s breathtaking, the views are amazing, and with the adrenaline kicking in at is an awesome experience! I couldn’t help but laugh and shout all my way down, this was fun!
The Eden Project is an amazing place, these structures appear so futuristic as if they belong to the first colony on Mars! To be flying over them, it feels so close at times…it’s just so cool! As I began to reach the other side there was a moment when I accelerated even more to the fastest I had been travelling on the whole journey…just as I was beginning to settle in and take the view in, it kicked in and I was shouting again! For some reason I became religious and began shouting “OH MY GOD!”
As I glided into the landing area the brakes kicked in and I came to a stop…I wanted to do it again!
Next up was gravity…now this was scream inducing! When we had got on the minibus up to Skywire a woman had seen Gravity in action and sad “It’s just a big swing, what’s the point of that?” I was not convinced at all, I was pretty sure this was going to give me another massive dose of adrenaline! You sit in a seat and there is a large metal bar in front of you I guess acts as a pendulum or weight. My partner and I took it on with another guy we had been doing the activities with so we were in a group of three. Just before we were winched back into position we were given the information “You are totally safe you are connected by your harness, the only thing that might happen is that you may slip out of your seat, but don’t worry you are attached by your harness!” I really didn’t want to slip out of my seat!
They winched us back into position, Gravity is 20 metres high and you swing out over a cliff. Once you are in position the height hits you…and then…BANG…you are released! It is a vertical drop, you go from zero to falling in a blink… AAAAAAAARRRRRRGGGGGGGHHHHHHHH! No time for religion here! My partner wrapped her foot under mine for some reason, I looked over and her eyes were closed! This was a rush! Even the second third and fourth swings were fast, great fun!
Then it was The Drop…probably the most nerve racking and biggest test of faith, attached to a chord above your head your step off from the highest platform on the left you can see on the first picture at the top of this post. You free fall you about a metre and a half and then the brake kicks in and you glide back to earth. This is just such a huge leap of faith, it goes against every natural instinct, everything is screaming NO! There is no soft landing, it seemed a even bigger test of faith than hanging over the edge of the walkway 350 metres up around the edge of the CN Tower! It is over in the blink of an eye but it is that moment stood on the edge of the platform and forcing yourself to take that step off, but once it is done…awesome!
Our last activity was Big Air…this was BIG fun! First you have two jumps at the lower and middle levels making sure you land in the giant airbag either on your bum or back and then you jump from the highest platform. This jump is really cool, you get that extra air time which feels just wrong! But its great! My hands began flapping as if I was trying to fly and soften the landing, so funny! Even getting off the airbag is good fun!
We really enjoyed our visit to Hangloose and it is worth a visit to the area in its own right. But if you are planning on visiting The Eden Project or the local area in Cornwall and looking for something a little different, something to get the heart racing…Hangloose is a MUST! It took us about 1.5 to 2 hours to do all of the activities, we were lucky because we had visited off season there was no queuing we were straight onto all of the activities, another great reason to travel out of season!
During our time in Cornwall we stayed in a shepherds hut on a farm in the middle of the countryside with classic glamping, check out my post on our first experience glamping – Luxurious Adventure
Thanks for reading…and really if you get the chance…check out these activities..great fun! Happy Travels!