Creating a splash at Hampton Water
Hampton residents will soon be able to enjoy the longest, most powerful two-tower wakeboarding cable system in the UK.
Due to open this Autumn, the Peterborough Wakepark is situated on Beeby’s West Lake in Hampton Water, within Hampton East, less than a 25-minute walk or 10-minute drive from both Hampton Vale and Hampton Hargate.
“A good way to describe wakeboarding is that it is just like snowboarding but on water,” says Ed Ockleford, the owner and operator of Peterborough Wakepark. “It’s a surface water sport that involves riding a wakeboard over water while being towed by a cable. It’s a great, family-friendly way to exercise and improve your fitness and is also a lot of fun.”
The speed of the cable can be controlled to help younger or new riders, making it suitable for all the family. More experienced riders may use ramps or rails to perform tricks such as launching into the air or completing spins, flips and rolls in quick succession.
Wakeboarding was previously less accessible as it required a boat to pull the wakeboard. As cable systems have become more readily available, wakeboarding has seen a large increase in popularity and there are now thought to be just over 40 wakeboarding facilities across the UK.
Ed has been a consultant designer and builder of wakeboard and other extreme sports facilities for over ten years as well as a qualified wakeboard instructor. For this project, he will be running the park and working as an instructor for private lessons.
“We’ve been working with O&H for a few years, so we were able to input into the design of the lake. This meant we could locate the cable towers on small islands, reducing impact on the surrounding environment while still keeping everyone safe.
“We’ve had lots of great feedback from residents as we’re not far from the new Barratt Homes estate in Hampton Water. We chose this lake specifically for its residential location, so it’s been really positive to have a lot of people coming to ask about the project.”
As the Wakepark expands, additional cables will be added to the lake to meet demand, with planning permission for two more cables already granted.
Keep an eye out for Peterborough Wakepark's website coming soon.
Homes by the water
As activity builds on the lake, it’s been building on the land too:
• On 21 August, house builder Bovis Homes was given planning permission for 327 new homes, including 16 affordable homes, at Hampton Water. Work on the site is expected to start in the next few months, with the first residents moving in during 2019.
• Barratt Homes is making good progress with its 2, 3 and 4 bed houses with a total of 269 to be built in the development.
• Hearne Holmes Developments is ready to start building 40 detached executive homes at The Hamptons very soon.
Keep checking the new homes section on this website to get all the latest news.