An abandoned UK theme park once buzzing with thousands of excited visitors every year has been left to rot away over time.
The Camelot theme park in Lancashire was based on the well-known medieval Camelot castle, which was associated with the legendary King Arthur, and comprised of a 140acre site near the village of Charnock Richard.
Thousands of families would visit the park each year, before its gates finally closed in 2012.
Since then, the park has been left to crumble away – now laying in tatters, with rusting rollercoasters and a crumbling white castle at the entrance.
Owners Knights Leisure blamed low visitor numbers on bad weather and events such as the 2012 Olympics and The Queen’s Jubilee – with over 150 staff losing their jobs.
Whilst certain rollercoasters were sold to theme parks around Europe, seven years later, many of the rides remain abandoned, reports the Liverpool Echo .
‘Urban explorers’, while warned off the site, are regularly found walking the tracks of the decaying rollercoasters, avoiding the 24/7 security that roam the perimeter.
Previously, almost 200 new homes are planned for the former Camelot site by developer Story Homes.
The plans are for up to 195 homes and an employment area, which Story Homes says could deliver about 80 jobs.
The proposals have proved controversial with residents in the area.
The Camelot theme park opened in 1983 and boasted a 100ft roller coaster called the Knitemare which spanned some 200 meters.
It also had a log flume, a smaller size roller coaster The Twister, three large water slides and a large caterpillar roller coaster train which spanned the whole length and depth of the park running above ground and on ground level.
Together Money set about calculating the hypothetical land value of eight intriguing abandoned places from around the globe, from derelict theme parks to uninhabited islands.
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Due to Camelot’s situation near densely populated towns and cities, Together Money expect high demand from commercial developers or investors who would be queueing up to take a stake in the redevelopment.
Camelot was found to have a potential value of £793,016,000 should the 140 acres be sold to build 6,294 apartments.
Several planning applications for housing estates have been submitted and subsequently rejected by Chorley Council, the most recent in March 2018.