/ Honister Slate Mine Via Ferrata
We paid £40 for the extreme version and, whilst maybe a little short, it was good fun. I'd recommend it.
You can also do it through other smaller companies too, but you do have to pay. (mobile adventure are pretty good)
Much of it is on open access land, so despite what they tell you, you can go there for free. The normal route to the start goes through their tunnels, and is private property, but apparently you can get there by a different route.
The question would be whether it's worth the hassle - the effort spent in getting there could be spent on getting somewhere better instead.
You sure about that? As far as I'm aware a substantial part of the VF is on Access Land - freely available for recreation on foot.
And what about the bits of the VF that were found to have been constructed on a SSSI? Have they been moved?
As I understand it the above ground sections are on access land, only the mine workings are private. Using the fixed gear like the cables and step irons would be taking the piss, a bit like jumping on the Go Ape at Whinlatter without paying. As far as I'm aware there's nothing to stop you doing the above ground sections as long as you don't use the gear. I'm pretty sure you won't be made welcome by the Honister staff if you meet them en route though..
As cheeky as constructing a VF on someone else's land without planning permission?
(As far as I'm aware, the mines only own the mining rights to the land the VF is on, not the land itself - apart from the area immediately around the buildings and car parks)
Clearly outstanding value. After all, you'd never be able to hire an instructor to take you climbing for that.
Not been there, but my understanding is that the exciting Go-Ape style stuff in on private land whereas the rest of it is more of a protected walk crossing open-access land. If you want to do the former then pay, but the latter falls in the same category as a line of bolts.
Of course the other aspect here is that of supporting a local business finding novel ways of bringing employment to the area. On the other hand many people have issues with this particular business.
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