Updated: Aug 24, 2019
Llechwedd ( Llec - weth) The name means Hillside in the wood.You're in Wales, want to see something amazing. Whether you're alone or with family you should definitely visit Bounce Below at Llechwedd slate caverns, Blaenau Ffestiniog. I have never been one for heights, so the idea that I would be bouncing on trampoline nets suspended 180 feet up in a 176-year-old, the disused slate cavern was not very appealing to me. I think I conquered my fear of heights a little bit that day.When we arrived we were instructed to wear these bright red jumpsuits and helmets to keep us safe. Then we boarded a mini train, the sound of the wheels of the train grinding along the tracks below us got louder and louder as the train started to gain speed until it was nothing but a constant roar. Looking out the back of the train I could see the world disappear as we entered the side of the mountain. The further we went the colder it grew, I could feel the hair standing up on my skin, my breath began to fog up. I couldn't talk to my husband over the sound of the train. After descending into the mountain for what seemed like a good 10 minutes, the grinding of tracks began to slow down, then the train came to a halt. The training guide got out of the driving seat, began to walk down to the side of the train unlocking the carriage doors as he walked past. He directed us to the seats that sat viewing the large gates that lead the way into the main cavern where the trampolines awaited us. We were given netted shoe covers to put over our sneakers so that our shoes wouldn't damage the nets. The Sound of voices began to echo from the other side of the gates. The voices grew louder and louder until a large group of people emerged from around a corner. They came through the gates to where we were seated but instead of putting on shoes they were taking them off. Then we were lead by our guide through the gates and some small tunnels. Not too small though, but having to duck a little to avoid hitting your helmet against the rock. As the tunnels began to open up again, I could see the trampoline nets and the caverns, the size of this place, it is, incredible, a MUST SEE!! The technicolour lights they use, illuminated every crevice of the huge rock walls of this subterranean cavern. Standing at the safety fence looking over the edge trying to get a full view of this place, After five minutes standing there admiring the beauty of it all, I remember that I am afraid of heights. The first initial step out onto the lower net was terrifying for me, all sorts of thoughts were running through my head, 'Is this net going to fall', 'OMG I'm going to die'. I spent a few minutes clinging to the surrounding nets like a moth clings to a light bulb. There was no possible way to fall off one of these nets but that didn't stop me feeling scared.I could feel every movement, every bounce, every vibration from these nets. I could feel my feet leaving the nets as people made their way past me. I watched as Allen tried to reassure me that it wasn't so bad, he held his hand outstretched to me. I leaned overtook his hand, then with that I felt safe and my fears of heights vaporized as we began bouncing hand in hand. Not even 15 mins later I was bouncing around on my own, travelling to the higher trampolines and sliding down to the lower ones before making my way back to the top again for another runaround. The way back up from the very bottom required you to walk up a steep netted path and through a small opening that viewed the grand entrance of the main trampoline again, I lost count of how many times I went up that path. I was having so much when you are having so much fun its easy to lose track of time, we were there for what was a good hour but it didn't seem like it. The sound of a whistle let us know our time was up and it was time for us to head back out.Like those before us, we departed through the big gates, took off our netted shoes and boarded the train as the next group entered the caves to begin their turn. As we got closer to the surface I could feel the air getting warmer, I wasn't cold like I was when I was when entering the tunnels on the way in, all that jumping around really gets your body generating some heat. Now I could feel the warmth of the sun on my face as we emerged from the tunnels back to the surface world. As soon as we were back in the main building taking off our red jumpsuits I knew that I would definitely have to come back here, one day I will.So if you are planning a trip to Wales, put this place on your list of things to do. I can tell you it was extremely fun, very beautiful and just something you won't be able to fully appreciate until you see it with your own eyes. If you're afraid of heights like I am, you will probably forget that once you are bouncing around like a crazy person on these nets.
For more info check out the Bounce Below website.
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