Cheshire Lakes is a brand new outdoor adventure facility currently going through the planning and development stages. The purpose of this website is to let you all know what we are planning and to get your feedback.
We will be one of the UK’s leading Cable Wakeboard Parks.
A Low Ropes Course built over water, when you fall you go splash!
Open Water Swimming for all standards in a clean fresh water lake
Stand Up Paddle Boarding, Kayaks and Canoes for hire and groups
Explore the great outdoors on our land, lakes and woods
Café serving amazing local food and drinks
Get fit in the great outdoors and enter our Trail Running and Swimrun races
Watersports Shop selling and hiring equipment for our activities
We will be open all year round, with our peak times during the summer months. The facility will be open to the general public, will be able to cater for school and college groups and will be a fully inclusive facility.
Cheshire Lakes is being setup on a former quarry site, just outside Chelford. The site has for the last 15 years been used to extract sand and is now in its transitional period bringing the lakes and landscaping into a form where it can be used for a new venture.
Our plans are to develop a small part of the former quarry into our environmentally friendly adventure center. The remaining areas of the former quarry will be allowed to flourish into an area of wildlife, woodland and lakes. The current footpath, which runs through the middle of the site, will be retained and we feel our plans will enhance the public access and right of way.
Cheshire Lakes is a Community Interest Company with the key aims to bring opportunities to Cheshire East. We plan to offer a high quality community sporting resource available for all to enjoy, bringing health and physical activity benefits for youngsters as young as 6 through to those over 60. We will bring employment and training to the area for young people on a full time and part time basis. Upwards of 30 jobs will be created.
The team behind Cheshire Lakes has successfully setup and currently runs two similar facilities, Foxlake Adventures in Dunbar, Scotland and Liverpool Wake Park. Our lead director lives in Cheshire East and runs Industry Wake Parks, the company, which provides the watersports equipment and staff training to similar sites all over the UK and Ireland. We have vast experience in the watersports industry and successfully run other sites, which are commercially sustainable, environmentally friendly and have incredible social outcomes.
It would be impossible to give a guaranteed opening time, but we hope to be open in Spring 2017.
We hope you found our website helpful and informative. Please follow us on our social media pages to keep fully updated as we progress Cheshire Lakes Adventure Company. As we develop our site layout, business plan and planning application,
your comments and views will be extremely important to us. We hope that you like our proposals and we welcome your views. Please use this form to let us know what you think and make any suggestions.
During our peak days in summer, we expect around 300 visitors per day, which would equate to around 100 cars coming in and out. When the former quarry was working there were up to 60 truck movements each day so we do not expect to have a significant impact on local traffic. ?
During the main summer months we plan to be open 7 days a week, in Spring and Autumn 5 days a week and during the Winter months we imagine being open 3 days a week. Our normal opening hours would be 9am until dusk.
It is extremely quiet. The loudest noise coming for our facility will be people having fun!
The cable systems are environmentally friendly as they run quietly, do not pollute the environment and can be dis-mantled without leaving behind any waste. They are driven by a small electric motor. The movement of the wakeboarders, actually helps to oxygenate the water and improve the aquatic environment.
We will be regularly monitoring the water quality and it will be tested to the EU bathing standards.
We will be creating a hub building, which very much fits into the landscape surrounding the lakes. It will have an agricultural appearance and will be a single story building, approximately 400 to 450 square meters in size. The building will house our café, watersports shop, classroom, community room, showers, changing facilities, reception and office.
We are currently developing our business plan, site layout and planning application. The early months of 2016 will be about gaining feedback from local people and stakeholders, hopefully our full planning application will be submitted before Easter 2016. Fingers crossed we can build the park over winter and open in May 2017.
We are aiming to employ around 30 people in our first year. We have attended careers fairs with the Crewe Pledge and been into local schools to talk about how we will employ people, including South Cheshire College, Wilmslow High School, All Hallows Catholic College, Maccesfield College and others. We are looking for local people who show passion and an interest in our activity, we will provide all the training. Staff will include full time, part time and apprenticeships.
We will be accredited to all the National Governing Bodies (NGBs) of the sports available at Cheshire Lakes. This will include British Waterski and Wakeboard, European Ropes Course Association, Triathlon England, Amateur Swimming Association and Canoe England. We will be training our staff inline with NGB recommendations. All our staff will be first aid trained with valid DBS checks and will be officially trained to operate and instruct each activity. There will Lifeguards, UKCC Level 1, 2 and 3 Coaches and our company will have constant on going training and staff monitoring.
We are set up as a Community Interest Company. We are a business that trades to tackle social problems, improve communities, people’s life chances and the environment. We will make money in the leisure and tourism markets and reinvest all of our profits back into the business and local community.
We will be providing a quality outdoor environment, which will cater for the whole community and encourage a healthy and active lifestyle for all who use it.
We will be providing long-term training and employment opportunities for young people in Cheshire. The company will provide sports development opportunities for young people to engage in alternative sports activities in a safe and welcoming environment diverting them away from anti-social behavior. We will be promoting the benefits of the outdoor environment and providing a positive experience for young people. We are aiming to become a community asset, offering greater public access to the lakes, becoming a central meeting hub and allowing our facilities to be used by local community groups.
The lake we are planning to use has only just finished being quarried and hence still looks like a sand quarry with very little vegetation or wildlife. On the former quarry site there are three lakes, of which we are planning to use only one. This will allow wildlife and habitat to develop in other areas. At similar facilities all over the UK, wildlife and the adventure centers work in great harmony together.
In early 2016 we will be showcasing our ideas to the public in the local area, where you can come and meet us and see our plans. Please keep an eye on our news section for info on the date.