Go Ape

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Set in Britain’s woods and forests, Go Ape centres are fantastic places for monkeying around in the treetops. The high rope courses offer adrenaline-packed aerial adventures for the over 10s (height and weight restrictions apply). Families can swing, scramble, climb and slide to their heart’s content amid the rope bridges, trapezes and zip slides, letting out Tarzan whoops as they go. Climbers are fitted with sturdy safety harnesses, so there’s no need for the gripping skills of an actual ape.


Venue name: Go Ape
Address: Black Park Country Park
Opening hours: Feb-Nov: times vary, phone for details
Transport: Rail: Langley rail, then taxi
Price: tree-top adventure: £32; £24 10-17s; forest biking: £12, £8 children
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4.3 / 5

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(Please note that this review is for Go Ape Battersea)

Easily one of the scariest things I have ever done...

I'm not afraid of heights, or at least I thought that was the case. I'll peek over looming mountain sides and cosy on up to glass windows at the top of skyscraper buildings so at the mention of Go Ape, I was undeterred. That was until I got up there.

The set up at Battersea Park is a good one; whilst it covers little ground, it soars up high across 3 canopies-worth of high rope obstacles that suspend you over playing children and picnicking families down below. Each respective canopy is higher than the last. Yes you are tied on at all times but that does nothing to comfort you when you are balancing on a small wooden swing, that's swaying even more so in the wind, suspended between two wooden masts that are themselves also moving. At one point I actually froze mid high rope and had to be talked down/across it by a colleague and after I finally finished all three canopies, it took me a good two hours to properly calm down, stop shaking and stop panicking.

Despite what I know sounds like an awful experience, I have scored this experience 4/5 because although I found it near traumatic and definitely would not return, I do appreciate that many would love it and so, in an attempt to be take a step back and review it for what it is, the staff were great, the setup fantastic and the overall experience one you will never forget(/one that will scar you forever).

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Now I'm probably not the best person to review Go Ape as I spent the majority of the day stood at the bottom of the trees in a harness crying into a cup of tea, however I did get a decent view of the 'adventure courses'.  Personally I found the whole experience utterly petrifying, you're suspended high up in the trees and expected to 'move around' and 'swing' (plummet to your impending death) at ease on your 'wire'.  In all seriousness the instructors are great and used to the odd crier, the course is challenging and, from what I gather from my friends, fun if you're into that kind of thing.  In summary, definitely not for the faint-hearted but if nothing else a reason to intentionally take the tube to Cockfosters (you might be the only person).

Amazing experience for anyone who wants to have an adventure (and especially nature lovers) outside London! The park offers 5 different sites that one has to go through while exploring the forest, climbing up trees and moving around by swinging, hanging from ropes, crossing wooden bridges and many many other ways! After the basic training, everyone is released to go around the park and through the tasks which have different levels of difficulty. Fret not though, as alternative easier routes are provided for the cases in which the main path is quite hard, so anyone can take part! The whole experience lasts around 3 hours and happens regardless of weather conditions (on a rainy day the fields are muddy and even more challenging). Highlight of the day : the tallest Tarzan swing, a bit scary to take the leap but definitely worth it! If something different is what you're looking for, then this is definitely for you!

This trip was amazing and I loved, it as I felt like an ape swinging in the trees, I recommend this to children age of ten or above and adults as it is an experience of a life time. When you go on this trip the family or friends can get out and have fun on this activity. hope you have fun on this trip from Mia