I thought that, for my first coaster review, I'd do my first 'favourite' coaster, my first wooden coaster and I think it was also my first ride designed by John Wardley.
Getting into it, this ride is by far the most picturesque attraction I've ridden. It isn't themed, or even 'stylised', but it is just beautiful. It's located just behind a lake, making it even prettier.
The ride's entrance isn't anything amazing. However, it is nice with a mock ride car just outside. Neither is the queue, which is sort-of a cattle pen but not. So it's pretty boring when you're standing in a hour long queue (like I was a few years ago. However, I've also ridden it on walk-on). The station is also basic, and I can't comment on the trains as I've heard that they're getting refurbished, so yeah. Nothing special so far, but then it's the lift, still nothing. Then the turnaround ant the first drop. Epic. Also a bit rough. After that a airtime hill, turnaround at a good speed, then the highlight of the ride. The most insane airtime moment I've ever experienced (tied with Grand National's double down), which is also where the on-ride photo camera is. The rest of the ride is a mixture of turns and drops, with some more airtime. The ride ends bang on when you want it to, when it's just starting to get a bit too rough. Brakes are pretty sharp, and some great views of the queue as you head back into the station.
Great ride, 10/10
I can see why the beornen worship Wicker Man