Go Ape have centres all over the UK, this one at Grizedale Forest is their flagship and only a 15 minute ferry/car ride from the Windermere Marina Village. We arrived and had a short safety instruction which mainly consisted of explaining how the 3 safety lines that we had attached to us should be attached to the course as we made our way round. The course is actually made up of 5 sets of obstacles, all high up in the treetops, some as high as 18 metres off the ground! I have no head for heights and struggled a bit at first, but then I gained confidence in my equipment. Understanding that even if I was to slip off one of the rope bridges or other obstacles I’d still be very safe made things a whole lot easier. The zip lines that took you zooming for distances of hundreds of metres over the forest where brilliant! After the treetop experience, which took about 2 hours in total, we went on a Segway Safari, which was a guided tour of the forest tracks.
I had never ridden a Segway before but picked it up within 10 minutes thanks to the patient instructors and totally enjoyed the experience. Well recommended!
The forestry centre at Grizedale which is right next to Go Ape has a good adventure playground for younger kids and a comfy cafÃ©. Be prepared for parking charges, Â£5 for up to 5 hours. All in all, Go Ape is a fantastic, active day out for anybody over 10 years of age (they’re also adding a ‘Treetop Junior’ option for younger kids during 2013).
Here’s a short film, which includes footage taken at Go Ape Grizedale.