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In May 2019 we introduced our fabulous Kielder ZipCoaster and the response has been great. Over 3000 people from kids to grandparents have enjoyed the ups, downs, twists and turns of a rollercoaster and the free-flying sensation of a zip wire. Even Santa took a break from his busy Christmas schedule to take a ride (see picture bottom right).

Using an adapted roller coaster rail, the custom-built ‘Kielder ZipCoaster’ sees thrill-seekers safely harnessed into a seated position as they glide amongst the trees, dipping and twisting at speeds of up to 20mph. The ride is 197.6mtr long with 8 Vertical Elements and 3 Horizontal Elements, including a 270-degree turn and a 3m free-fall drop.

But we wanted more… at Calvert Kielder we are renowned for our innovative approach to outdoor activities for disabled adults and children helping them to gain confidence and improve their health and wellbeing… and now we have the 1st Wheelchair Accessible AvatarOne™ in Europe.

By adding the specialist lift, we have made access possible for wheelchair users and those who are unable to climb stairs. The ‘straight through vertical platform lift’ has a weight capacity of 250kg, safety sensor and manual override. Our professional activity instructors will assist riders to transfer from and to their wheelchairs by hoists situated on the launch and landing platforms.

The lift’s journey to Kielder has been adventurous, with the first version damaged while in transit on the high seas and the replacement arriving after a six month wait, but at last we have it in place and we are thrilled that our ZipCoaster is now available to our guests and visitors of all abilities.

Contact us now to book your ZipCoaster experience. Call our team on 01434 250232 or email