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Near Buxton

One of our highest adventures, close to a 2 million year old natural limestone cave.

Our Buxton Tree Top Adventure is set in the heart of the beautiful Peak District National Park and within walking distance of the historic Spa town itself. One of the best days out in Derbyshire, you’ll enjoy high ropes, a zip wire and much much more.

The Go Ape experience involves fun and adventure across up to six sites. Each site features our award winning high ropes, awesome crossings, tunnels, bridges and an epic wind-in-your-face zip wire to finish.

If you fancy yourself as a bit of an explorer, you could also visit the adjacent Poole’s Cavern, a 2 million year old, natural limestone cave. Now that’s ancient. There’s some epic activities in the beautiful Derbyshire and Go Ape is one of them.

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Get out and about this season

For full availability simply click on our 'Check Availability & Book Now' function for the exact times and dates Buxton will be open.

Times will vary on daylight hours. Some of our adventures even open at 08:00 in the summer for those early gorillas!

Below is a snapshot of when our forest doors open.

We're open from February to November, but we close our forest doors during December and January ( gets a little chilly and we like to maintain our adventures so they're all ready to go).

Open February Half Term (17th February - 21st February)

Weekends in March.

Open Daily Easter, Half Term and Summer Holidays.

Term Time (closed Tues/Weds).

Open Daily October Half Term (27th October - 31st October).

Open November Weekends.

Course stats

Here are our Tree Top Adventure stats for Go Ape Buxton.

  • Number of sections 5
  • Longest Zip Wire 159 metres
  • Longest Crossing 19 metres
  • Total Length 733 metres
  • Number of Crossings 32
  • Highest Point 11.4 metres

The Team at Buxton

The Address

Go Ape Buxton
Buxton Country Park
Pooles Cavern, Green Lane
Buxton, Derbyshire
SK17 9DH

You can select longitude/Latitude for accurate Sat-Nav directions: Type in our co-ordinates: 53.2500618,  -1.9258799

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By car

Once you reach Buxton, follow the brown signs to Poole's Cavern.

Due to the rural nature of our locations, postcodes are not always accurate when using satellite navigation. Please always check the route it has given you before setting off, and cross reference with a map.

Please note that parking charges are as follows: Cars, Minibuses & Coaches: £1.50 for 4 hours or £3 for the day.

By train

The Northern Line operates a train service to Buxton.
Bus and rail links to Buxton town centre are 20 minutes walk to Poole's Cavern.

The train line finishes at Buxton and starts at Manchester Piccadilly. The course is approximately 20 minutes walk from the Buxton train station. Alternatively you can arrange a taxi to take you to the course or hop on your bike.


By bus

Trent Barton Buses and Bower Buses run services in and around Buxton.

There are several different buses operating in the local area and surrounding towns/ villages but direct buses can also be taken from Manchester, Derby, Nottingham and Sheffield. The course is approximately 15 minutes walk from the Market place where the majority of buses terminate.

Local Area

Some nearby places which may be of interest:

There's plenty of things to do so you can fill your day in Buxton. How about a trip to Pooles Cavern? A 2 million year old natural limestone cave.

Or why not enjoy some other outdoor activities and wander and picnic in the country park itself. There's plenty of wildlife and beautiful woodland to view.

Please note that parking charges are as follows: Cars, Minibuses & Coaches: £1.50 for 4 hours or £3 for the day.

Feedback from Buxton

Take a look at what some of our tribe have said about their time in the forest. It’s always good to hear it straight from the Gorilla’s mouth (…and we’re proud to say it’s totally unedited!) And why not have a peek at what people are saying about us on Trip Advisor.

Rated 4 Bananas Emma - Tree Top Adventure, on 30 September 2014
All great except our group of 3 had to wait for a late group of 12 before starting. Then hald way thgou spent a lot of time waiting at each stage to continue.It weas a lot more waiting than usually experienced and whether too many booked on for the afternoon (this seemed to be the case) or more assistance/ assessment needed for those going very slowly? Phone numbers are not site based and 08... so cost money
Rated 2 Bananas Pia - Tree Top Adventure, on 29 September 2014
Took way too long to get on course. It took almost an hour from the time of our booking to actually get on the course. Safety brief was competent but a lengthy process in a group of 20. This meant we waited as everyone did safety practice and then we got put at end of group to get on course, therefore more waiting for us.I don't see why you don't allow access to the course in many small staged groups. We have been on other courses in France, Germany, and Finland and it was never more than 10 minutes from arrival to actually get on the course, and safety briefs were always given. It would be far more efficient for your course utilisation too - much of the time the course was empty in large sections as the big groups had big gaps between them.Also, I don't think it ever cost anywhere near £50 for two of us abroad. I couldn't see how this pricing could be justifiable for the length of the course.
Rated 5 Bananas James - Tree Top Adventure, on 29 September 2014
The instructors were nice and easily approachable.Having been to two other go ape courses (Woburn and Wendover) I can say that the Buxton one was disappointing. It was not challenging, was highly repetitive and lacked imagination.I would generally recommend got ape - but not that particular course.
Rated 5 Bananas Jessica - Tree Top Adventure, on 28 September 2014
Me and my partners went on the tree top adventure while camping in the Peak District hayfield area. The day was so much fun. I especially enjoyed the Tarzan swings and zip wire. Would definitely do this again and bring along more people.
Rated 5 Bananas Adam - Tree Top Adventure, on 22 September 2014
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