It was Ben's birthday recently and last weekend we wanted to do something to help him celebrate. Having recently written about thrill seeking in Normandy we felt we should give the birthday boy something new to get his adrenalin pumping. But what?
Horse riding - he's currently doing this at school
Mountain biking - nope - not thrilling enough for him
Car rally - not old enough
Kayaking - been there, done that.
Rock climbing - another one he's done and to be honest it was a bit wet.
Via Ferrata and zip wire - could do but he has already done this.
Tree top walks - well this was a possibility but Ben had other ideas. Simon had picked up a leaflet recently about the Luge at Souleuvre. The what? Ah well, luge is the French for toboggan and last year AJ Hackett who run what can best be described as a thrill centre at the nearby viaduct of Souleuvre opened a railed toboggan. So for Bens' birthday we went:
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1 km of track and speeds of up to 42 kms an hour. Suffice it to say - one go was not enough and I fear we may well be back here again very soon.
At least the boys didn't quite fancy (yet) doing some of the more daring things also available at Souleuvre:
- The Flying Fox Zip Wire -a 400m zip wire for 1,2 or 3 people, reaching speeds of 100km/hr
- Top Swing - the highest swing in France at 61m
- Bungee Jumping - throw yourself off the 61m viaduct with just a piece of knicker elastic to save you.
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Are you a thrill seeker? Would you have a go or have you already bungee jumped? If you do fancy having a go at any of these activities, The Viaduct de Souleuvre is just 1/2 an hour from Eco-Gites of Lenault. Me - no, I like to keep 2 feet firmly or terra firma and was quite happy to act a chief photographer and walk the dogs! The valley has some lovely paths for walking or cycling and the countryside views from the top of the viaduct are stunning.