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New bouldering wall installed as Baggeridge Adventure reopens

A new 13 foot bouldering wall has been added to an adventure park – in time for its reopening over Easter weekend.

Jack Cunneen is pictured trying out the new climbing wall, added to the Challenge Academy at Baggeridge Country Park
Jack Cunneen is pictured trying out the new climbing wall, added to the Challenge Academy at Baggeridge Country Park

Baggeridge Adventure, based at Baggeridge Country Park, is an outdoor activity centre for all ages and abilities, with different challenges including high ropes, nets and an obstacle course.

Last year, parent company Challenge Academy Community Interest Company was awarded a £48,000 grant from Sport England and £30,000 from Enovert Community Trust, to further develop Baggeridge Adventure with the addition of new adventure activities and to make the site more accessible to people with disabilities.

The addition of the climbing wall, which is including in the centre's entry ticket along with the obstacle course, completes the first phase of the new adventure activities the centre has planned as part of the grants.

Last year, the adventure specialist also built an obstacle course on site with more than 15 different ground based challenges designed to test visitors’ balance, determination and physical skills.

Challenge Academy managing director, Mel Ellis, said: “We can’t wait to open for the Easter holidays and give visitors the chance to have a go at our latest challenge.

"We were able to open last summer, in line with Government guidelines, following the national lockdown and we remained open until the end of October.

"All our facilities are outdoor but we have also put a number of measures in place to ensure we are Covid secure.”

Baggeridge Adventure, which is based within the park near Sedgley, reopened yesterday.

Sessions must be booked online to guarantee entry, as the number of visitors on site will be limited to comply with social distancing measures.

As a Community Interest Company, Challenge Academy provides outdoor adventures for all ages and abilities and all of its profits are used to develop the site and continually improve the range of activities on offer.

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