New outdoor adventure hub at Hedderwick

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A PLAN to transform an area at Hedderwick Hill, Dunbar, into a new outdoor adventure sports hub has taken a major step forward.

Foxlake Adventures is set to open Scotland’s first ever cable wakeboading facility - the water equivalent to snowboarding - on June 30.

The Community Interest Company is working with several organisations including Volunteer Development East Lothian and Cycle Dunbar to develop the centre in a bid to attract more tourists to the area, while giving local teenagers a new attraction to enjoy.

Further expansion is on the cards for the future with another two cable lakes, a major high ropes course and mountain bike trails planned.

James Barbour, director of Foxlake, said: “I am delighted to be bringing, along with the Foxlake team, such an exciting sporting venture to my home county.

“I feel this facility bridges the gap for teenagers and provides for the adventure enthusiasts in the county. In opening up this summer we are delighted to have been able to employ five of our six staff locally from within the Dunbar area.”

A company spokeswoman added: “Cable wakeboarding is one of the fastest growing watersports in the world due to its accessibility and affordability to all ages. It is a fantastic sport for beginners and experts alike. It has also been shortlisted as a potential event for the 2020 Olympics.”

The project has been backed by waterskiscotland which sees this as the start of a new era for wakeboarding north of the Border.

Alan Murray, chief operating officer, hopes the development will bring more young people into the sport.