It’s a UK first for Dunbar venture

Foxlake assault course
Foxlake assault course

Foxlake Adventures in Dunbar, Scotland’s only cable wakeboarding park, has launched the UK’s first over-water rope adventure course.

The Foxfall course is part of an expansion programme aimed at capitalising on the Dunbar-based park’s popularity over the past year.

Described by Foxlake as ‘Go Ape Meets Total Wipeout’, the course is unique in that it challenges visitors to use agility and skill, relying on the water below as the safety system with no harness to keep visitors tied on.

The course which includes 23 separate elements has been built by rope experts RCD, leaders in their own industry they are known for their construction of the Northern Hemisphere’s longest zip wire at Zip World in Snowdonia.

Since opening in 2012, Foxlake has introduced over 3000 people to the sport of cable wakeboarding and played an active role in supporting the Year of Natural Scotland and the adventure sports industry which already attracts 253,000 visits to Scotland each year.

The park has proved hugely popular with young people as well as playing host to several high profile cable wakeboarding competitions and to training sessions for the GB snowboarding and freeski teams.

Foxfall is part of a wider expansion funded by Social Investment Scotland (SIS)’s Scottish Investment Fund which SIS manages on behalf of the Scottish Government. The expansion includes the building of a second wakeboarding cable tow, opened to the public last month, and has already enabled Foxlake to create new jobs for full time and seasonal staff.

Penny Lochhead, Director of Foxlake Adventures, said: “The course brings something unique to the adventure sports market in Europe and we are confident that Foxfall will help attract even more visitors, enabling us to increase our social impact on the community and around Scotland, as well as raising the profile of wakeboarding as a sport.”