Discussions have begun on the development of a giant zip wire that would take thrill-seekers down Avon Gorge and beneath Clifton Suspension Bridge at 70mph.

Plans considered for zip wire down avon gorge
Zip lines have become huge international attractions

Destination Bristol, a local tourism business, has led the talks which have involved the Swansea-based company Zip World, who provide oversized zip lines at two Welsh locations. The wire could bring a new wave of tourists to Bristol, which has already developed a reputation for quirky attractions following the Gromit Unleashed project as well as the recent water slide on Park Street.

Theoretically, the zip wire would extend to over 800 metres and take 60 seconds for a punter to go from Clifton Observatory to the bottom of the gorge near Bedminster. According to Zip World commercial director Sean Taylor (through the Bristol Post), the ride would likely cost around £30, assuming they can garner enough interest.

However, Kelly Ballard from Destination Bristol warned that “at the moment it’s all in discussion, nothing has been confirmed. There are so many different things we need to go through to make it a reality. We need to keep pushing through and keep fingers crossed.” Other issues facing the idea include a lack of local parking, boats using the river below and the potential negative impact on local wildlife.

So while plans are by no means ready to be revealed or even finalised, it’s certainly an intriguing new concept for Bristol’s ever growing tourism industry. We’ll have more on this story as it develops.


By Ryan Davies