New attraction to take visitors to new heights

The Sky Trial at Edinburgh Zoo, which is to be copied in Scarborough's North Bay
The Sky Trial at Edinburgh Zoo, which is to be copied in Scarborough's North Bay

The North Bay is set to get a new attraction as plans are submitted for a £200,000 elevated adventure trail.

The application is being put forward by the owner of The North Bay Railway who is making the investment to boost visitor numbers to the site in Northstead Manor Gardens.

Subject to getting the go-ahead from Scarborough Council’s planning committee, the proposal will see a three tiered Sky Trail built to the rear of the Railway ticket office, near the boating lake.

Visitors to the high ropes adventure trail will be harnessed in and connected by rope to an overhead belay track before navigating an elevated route designed to test balance and agility on narrow beams, tightropes, stairs and obstacles.

North Bay Railway director David Humphries, who took over the attraction from the council six years ago, said: “I go the idea after seeing a Sky Trail elsewhere, and I thought it would be an absolutely brilliant addition to the North Bay.

“It will compliment everything we have here from the railway to the chute, and the pedalows, and will be reinforce our work to bring this area back to life.”

The attraction will bring with it four full time seasonal jobs, and will help secure other full times jobs at the railway says Mr Humphries.

It will be only the fourth of its kind in the UK, and will be based on the structure of a similar feature at Edinburgh Zoo.

The plans are going before the council’s planning committee on January 28.

Planning officers are recommending councillors give the green light having spoken to Edinburgh City Council Environmental Services to determine there have been no reported accidents in the two years the attraction has been at the zoo.

If approved Mr Humphries hopes to have the Sky Trail in place for the 2014 summer season.