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Days Out for Adult Adventurers

Feet perched on the edge of a platform, ground falling away below you and your heart racing at a million miles an hour. Now is the time to seize the moment and embrace the adventure you have been waiting for!

It feels as though 2020 has thrown us some similar moments. We spent months in lockdown with limited time outdoors and not a day out in sight. Lockdown is relaxed, summer is well and truly here and now is the time to seize the moment and embrace adventure on a day full of fun and fresh air.

Each of the 34 Go Ape locations has a unique treetop journey combined with big thrills and all naturally social distanced making it the ideal choice for a day out in the summer of 2020. Read on to discover our handpicked recommendations for a day out to remember for adult adventurers.

Leeds Castle, Kent

Woman in a grey top on Tarzan Swing

This (not so) little gem in the garden of England will take you on a journey 13 metres up from the forest floor and then bring you back down to earth on zip wires stretching up to 250 metres. That includes one awe-inspiring ride across a valley with the stream below and stunning views of the countryside.

It’s not just about the zip wires though, our Treetop Challenge at Go Ape Leeds Castle has plenty of crossing that will ‘up’ the fun and the challenge of our adventurous day out. Negotiate our Jungle Crossing clinging to suspended ropes as you traverse across a narrow wire rope, and tackle the Log Swing, making your way between platforms balanced on suspended logs with just a small handrail for support. Then there is our renown Tarzan Swing; take a deep breath, step off the platform and give us your best Tarzan cry before crashing a cargo net. All thrilling experiences that will make your day out to Leeds Castle one to remember.

In addition to the unforgettable time on your Go Ape adventure Leeds Castle has a whole load more to offer on your day out. Over 900 years old and once the home of Henry VIII the castle itself is packed full of history to discover. There’s also a bird of prey centre with free falconry displays, adventure golf, moat punting and beautiful gardens to enjoy with seasonal events to boot. Please visit the Leeds Castle website for the latest information about the facilities and events that are operating.

Aberfoyle, Stirling, Scotland

Silhoutte of a person on a zip wire in the forest

Situated in the stunning Trossachs National Park, an hour from Glasgow, Go Ape Aberfoyle is a true Scottish Highlands gem. Your Treetop Challenge experience starts and finishes with epic zip wire rides that you’ll never forget. Before you even reach the first site of the course you’ll have soared over 300m on a zip journey that takes you over a waterfall and through stunning woodland.

The course that then unfolds has both a more challenging and less challenging route. Whether your group is made up of seasoned adventurers, those feeling slightly nervous or a mixture of the two, you can travel through the canopy together having the time of your lives. Then comes the crescendo, a stunning zip wire ride over 400m with seasonal views of mountains, lochs and forest taking back to the cabin where you begun.

Make a day of it by exploring the park on foot or by bike. Even better make more than a day of it and book yourself into the park’s very own campsite. With a café onsite and the impressive Lodge Forest Visitor Centre your gateway to the local wildlife, Go Ape Aberfoyle and the Queen Elizabeth Forest Park are the place for making memories in Scotland this summer.

Whinlatter, Lake District

A group of people on Segways admiring a Like District view

If stunning vistas and a unique bucket list experience are your thing then Forest Segway at Go Ape Whinlatter in the Lake District is the day out for you and your tribe! The two-wheel machines are meant for exploring and at Go Ape Whinlatter that journey takes you along exclusive trails to vantage points over 1,000 feet above sea level with breath-taking views of the mountains. On a clear day Skiddaw and Helvellyn can be seen across the fells with Bassenthwaite Lake and Derwentwater glistening in the valley bottoms on a clear sunny day. Whilst the weather can never be guaranteed, it is the Lake District after all, you may instead be rewarded with the rare opportunity to master the Segways on trails enveloped in cloud.

The park itself is home to England’s only true mountain forest which can be enjoyed strolling along one of the nine waymarked routes. There’s also cycle hire available to add some more two-wheeled fun to your day out, complete with the Lake District’s longest purpose built mountain bike trails. Complete with a visitor centre, forest shop and coffee, Whinlatter Forest has every ingredient for an adventurous day out in one of England’s wildest environments. Not forgetting of course the Go Ape Treetop Challenge if you’d like to throw in some extra forest fun in the treetops.

Grizedale, The Lake District

Two men on a dual zip wire

Choosing between activities at Go Ape Grizedale is a bit like trying to pick a favourite child, but if you really can only go on one Go Ape adventure it has to be Zip Trekking. One for the purists after the thrill of a big zip lining experience and to top it off set in the hills of the stunning Lake District National Park. After a safety brief you are taken by van up the mountain to the starting point where you’ll begin one of the most memorable experiences of your lives. Soaring down the hillside next to your buddy on 6 dual zips at speeds of up to 45mph the euphoria is something else! The course itself is over 3km making it the longest network of zip wires in the UK, and you’ll take in every centimetre as you soak up the views gliding between towering Douglas Firs.

There’s loads to see and do to make a day of it at Grizedale Forest. The park is home to the largest ‘Sculptures in the Forest’ exhibition in the country. The Woodcutter by the visitor centre is quite something to behold and with more situated along the waymarked trails the installation brings a cultured twist to a walk through the woods. Those feeling fit can make the ascent to Grizedale’s highest point where they’ll be rewarded with panoramic view of the Lakes, or alternatively check out the variety of cycling trails for peddlers of all abilities.