8 wheelchair users soar through the air at Treetop Trek

Treetop Trek, hosted a zip wire session for 8 wheelchair users, who were spending a week in the Lake District with Bendrigg Trust, enabling everyone to experience their breath-taking 250m zip line down to the shore of Windermere. 


The unique session involved several members of Treetop staff, who, with support from Bendrigg team, used specialist equipment to hoist the participants up the outside of the 15m tower before attaching them to the zip line. 


Vicky Blanco of Treetop Trek, said, “The session went incredibly well; there were smiles, lots of laughs and an unbelievable sense of companionship and care amongst Bendrigg staff, our staff and all the participants.  The team worked extremely hard to make it happen and at the end of it they were buzzing with energy and enthusiasm. Making our high ropes activities more accessible to has been a key objective for the company and we have been working in partnership with Bendrigg Trust for many years now to make this happen.” 


Treetop Trek’s partnership with Bendrigg Trust has involved offsite training for all full-time Treetop staff in Disability Awareness to help them grow in confidence in working with people with disabilities and assist with the delivery of inclusive activities, along with consultancy from the Trust on making their activities more accessible.   The new breaking-system, installed at the bottom of the zipline, enables a lower-impact landing more suited to participants with physical disabilities.   The adventure company also modified the bottom of the zip line to improve access for wheelchair users by installing a ramp to get wheelchairs in and out to collect people after their zip. 


Nick Liley, Principal of Bendrigg Trust said, “There's nothing quite like an adventure in the great outdoors but many people with disabilities don't have the opportunity to access outdoor activities. It is fantastic to see our guests flying down a zip wire. It’s a hugely rewarding experience for everyone involved and takes great courage.”


Bendrigg Trust has provided residential activity courses in the Lake District for disabled and disadvantaged people for over 40 years and are regular visitors to Treetops.