A scheme for an exciting toboggan ride at Watermouth Castle near Ilfracombe has been lodged with North Devon Council planners. The plans propose some 320 metres of steel track on land to the south of the castle, to provide a continuous ride of loops and s
A scheme for an exciting toboggan ride at Watermouth Castle near Ilfracombe has been lodged with North Devon Council planners.The plans propose some 320 metres of steel track on land to the south of the castle, to provide a continuous ride of loops and straights before the sled is winched back up to a wheelhouse at the top.The tourist attraction, which has built a reputation for unusual rides, collections and displays, already has planning permission for a similar scheme but has decided to submit new plans to allow a larger run to be created.Owner Richard Haines said if permission was granted, the project would take two years or more to complete."It's just like a big gutter on the floor - then the toboggan goes down on rubber castors," he said."It would not be a very fast run, because our trade caters for the younger children, who will likely be going on the ride with their parents and it would take about three or four minutes to go down it."The nearest one to here is probably Plymouth, but there are several around the country and they have been well proven."Watermouth bought up the stainless steel track of two toboggan runs at St Austell and the Isle of Wight. The metal would otherwise have ended up in the scrap yard, but the Haines family and staff spent two weeks at each site dismantling the runs in order to bring them to North Devon.