A 300-foot long zipwire ‘not for the faint-hearted’ is the latest attraction at the Sure Ape Mann Adventure Park.
It’s due to open to the public this weekend, and weather permitting, by Easter 2014, will form the end of a high ropes course at the site.
It’s the next stage in the project at South Barrule plantation, which saw a low ropes course as well as tree climbing open in May.
Speaking about the new zipwire, Steve Salter said: ‘It takes some jumping off and going down. It’s not for the faint-hearted.
‘The starting platform is about 6m off the ground.
‘It doesn’t sound much but when you’re up there and because going down the ground slopes away from you, it looks higher than it is.’
The zipwire will be a stand-alone facility until the high ropes course is completed.
‘The high ropes course will be really high off the ground, five to seven metres in places.
‘It’s going to be comparable with courses in the UK and the continent.’
He added: ‘I’m confident if we have a normal winter without too much heavy snow like last year we will be well on target to have it open for Easter.’
Mr Salter said since opening the site has been really busy: ‘We were really well supported from the local community. And it was great to have a lot of young families that were on holiday come and visit us.
‘We have started to concentrate a bit more on corporate events and team building events, and again we’ve been really well supported.’
He added: ‘We couldn’t have struck it any more lucky with the weather. We only lost one day due to the weather and we managed to rebook those customers.’
The low ropes course includes zipwires and obstacles testing participants’ balance and co-ordination, while those with a head for heights have enjoyed climbing up trees using Monkey Hardware, which feature specially developed holds that can be easily fitted to trees using tension straps.
Visitors over the last three weeks have been testing their ice climbing skills, by climbing trees fitted with holds into which the climber places what look like ice axes.
The land is leased by the Manx Government. Environment Minister Phil Gawne said he was delighted with the project’s success. He encouraged anyone interested in setting up a business, particularly leisure, in the glens and plantations to contact the department.