Zip World

Get ready to fly! The old Penrhyn slate quarry, almost a mile long and 360m deep, is where you will find Europe’s longest – and the world’s fastest – zip line – Velocity 2. When you’re suited and booted you’ll try the ‘Little Zipper’ before Velocity, shooting over the lake at the heart of the quarry at speeds of up to 125mph.

Travel time from Benar Cottages: 35 minutes

Zip World, a bit like Yr Wyddfa, is one of those things you have to do when visiting North Wales and we suggest you make a full day of it. You will spend at least a couple of hours enjoying the adventure so then, how about lunch at their Blondin Restaurant (a modern, bistro-style venue featuring locally sourced delights). After lunch, you could walk part of the Slate Trail!

We highly recommend a trip to the National Trust’s Penrhyn Castle and Garden – just 10 minutes from Zip World. In the pleasant surroundings, you will learn how Penrhyn Castle’s foundations were built on a dark history: one of exploitation, Jamaican sugar fortunes and the transatlantic slave trade. After your visit, you will definitely see the quarry you zipped across through new eyes.