The Park Hotel

209 Tulketh Road, Preston, PR2 1ES, United Kingdom
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Granny can still teach the young ones a lesson...

by sourbugger

'Granny' as she is affectionly known as by some is quite simply considered to be one of the best wooden rollercoasters in the world. Whilst it was built back in the 1930's it was very much ahead of it's time when it was concieved..

Firstly it is 'themed', to tie in with the Grand National steeplechase that takes place in nearby Aintree, Liverpool. So the various 'tops' have names like Beechers Brook, Valentines Brook and the Canal turn.

Secondly it is a racing coaster. Two coasters set off at the same time - but who will have the right balance of overweight people on board to ensure victory ?

Thirdly, coaster afficionardos claim that it has a whole series of 'flattened double apex' sections, which in everyday language means that it has large amounts of 'airtime', even compared to many much more modern rides.
In the early days, they didn't even have lap-restraints !

I found the whole ride to be rickety and clanking, and that just seemed to add to the whole affect, it seemed as it it would just disintegrate at any time !

If it isn't a protected structure yet, I'm sure it should be.

Ride a real piece of cultural history, and get the adrennaline pumping to boot.


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