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Loggers Leap

Thorpe Park

Hold on tight folks, ‘cause this is the wildest ride in the wilderness … and one guaranteed to leave you soaked as you float through the turbulent waters and over the edge in your log boat…

Theme ParkThorpe Park
Park AreaCanada Creek
TypeLog Flume
AudienceOlder Families and Thrillseekeers
Opened1989
Closed2015 (SBNO)
20 February 2019 (officially closed)
ManufacturerMack Rides
Height 53 ft
Length 1709 ft
Max Speed 20 mph
Capacity 1200 riders per hour
Cost£6 million
Duration5 minutes
ExtrasFastrack
A loggers boat returns to the station

A loggers boat returns to the station

Loggers Leap was one of Thorpe Park’s classic rides, originally opened by TV icon Timmy Mallet in 1989 as part of the park’s Canada Creek area. For most of its life it was the tallest log flume in the UK, a title which was stolen temporarily by American Adventure’s Nightmare Niagara.

The ride was themed around an adventure through a rocky Canadian landscape featuring various mining and logging activities. Country music played in the ride station, including classics like Dolly Parton’s 9 to 5 and Rednex’s Cotton Eyed Joe, which really added to the atmosphere.

Riders would encounter two drops as their logs floated along, the first being in complete darkness after the boat entered a pitch-black tunnel. Unfortunately the tunnel was removed in the ride’s last couple years of operation – rumours suggest it had become structurally dodgy.

The main 50ft drop acted as a spectacular finale and featured a double dip which would often have riders floating out of their seats and feeling like the log was flying through the air uncontrollably.

The logs would create a fairly large splash at the bottom, certainly enough to give riders a sprinkling and sometimes quite a drenching. Depending on the weight of the boat, a wave of water would occasionally come up over the front of the log and dump itself in the lap of the unlucky front seat occupant.

Princess Diana was famously photographed riding Loggers Leap with Princes William and Harry in the early 1990s, and after her death in 1997 Thorpe added a small memorial stone and plaque to her outside the ride.

Loggers Leap closed at the end of the 2015 season, although it was not until February 2019 that Thorpe Park finally announced its permanent closure, having previously insisted for several years that they hoped to have it back operating again.

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