Sky’s the limit for £200,000 new attraction set to boost North Bay

The Sky Trail climbing facility at Scarborough's North Bay. From left: Zak Rooley,Sam Moorhouse,David Humphreys and Mayor Andrew Backhouse. Picture Richard Ponter.
The Sky Trail climbing facility at Scarborough's North Bay. From left: Zak Rooley,Sam Moorhouse,David Humphreys and Mayor Andrew Backhouse. Picture Richard Ponter.
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A brand-new £200,000 attraction in Scarborough is set to pull in the visitors – but it’s not for people who are scared of heights.

The Sky Trail, at North Bay, is a sort of obstacle course at heights of up to 33ft in the air on which you test your balance and agility on narrow beams, tightropes and stairs – while wearing a harness, of course.

Skytrail .Climbing facility North Bay.Picture Richard Ponter 141521b

Skytrail .Climbing facility North Bay.Picture Richard Ponter 141521b

The trail, which opened last week at Northstead Manor Gardens, is the idea of David Humphries, owner of The North Bay Railway, which runs nearby.

Mr Humphries said: “If you fall off, you only drop about four inches then you pull yourself back on.

“We’ve had little kids running around on it with no fear whatsoever, but their mums and dads have had their hearts in their mouth. Kids don’t tend to sense any danger, but only see the opportunity to have fun.

“We had a guy who’d had a stroke who went on it, and he went round it without any problem whatsoever. Whether this sort of thing helps his recovery or not I couldn’t say.

“I’m expecting blind and deaf people to come and have a go. I know some blind people often love this sort of thing because they love doing things that are a bit different. They would need their own helper but they’d be under the supervision of our staff as well.”

He added: “The good thing is that people can now come to the North Bay and spend a full day here and be entertained, what with the railway, the chute and the pedalows as well.”

Meanwhile, the attraction is creating six part-time jobs, and could create two more if business goes well. There are only a handful of similar Sky Trail’s in the UK.

The Sky Trail is suitable for anyone aged five upwards who can use their feet. Users need to be at least 1m tall and anyone less than 1.3m tall must be accompanied by an adult.

It is open throughout the Easter holidays, with single tickets priced at £5 per person, ticket for a family of three costs £14 and ticket for a family of four costs £17.