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Overcome Your Fear of Heights

In fact, according to a YouGov survey, 23% of Brits say they're 'very' afraid of heights and another 35% admit to being a 'little' afraid. That means well over half our population is acrophobic. So, if high buildings, roller coasters and (*cough cough*) tree-top obstacle courses make your legs tremble and beads of sweat form above your brows, take comfort in the fact you're definitely not alone.

However, ignoring or hiding from your fear isn't going to make it go away. The best way to fight fear is to face it! Forget self-help books or hypnotherapy sessions, exposure is the best medicine when it comes to conquering your phobia. And that's where we come in...


Over the years we've helped thousands of people overcome their fear of heights. Even people whose first words upon gazing up into the trees are, "I'm not going up there! We're not saying that getting over your fear will be easy our tree-top obstacles are challenging even for people who are cool with heights. But, the Go Ape tribe will be there for you every jump, swing and step of the way to give you as much help, support and encouragement as you need.

Here's what some of recent customers who braved the tree-tops said about their experience:

"The Tarzan Swing was the best bit, even if it was quite scary. The instructor Nick was brilliant with us and gave us the confidence we needed. Leanne, Trent Park

Ah, the Tarzan Swing. It's one of our most feared obstacles, solely for the reason you've got to hurl yourself off a platform that's suspended 30 or so feet in the air. And there's a lot of dangling involved before you have to clamber up the cargo net on the other side.

But, as Leanne said, the Tarzan Swing might be scary, but it's also the best bit! One of the tribe will be waiting on the platform to help you out and put your mind at ease (don't worry, they're not allowed to push). After you've taken the leap of faith, all those nerves you felt previously will transform into excitement and adrenaline! We read a quote that sums it up nicely: nerves and fear are the fluttering of wings before you fly.

"even though some members of our party had a major fear of heights the standard of the equipment and level of safety briefing made them feel totally safe and [they] said they would totally go back again. [They] totally enjoyed the experience."­ Kevin, Sherwood Pines

"The Tarzan Swing was scary but worth it and I loved the zip wires. So high up but you feel so safe!" Jennifer, Sherwood Pines

What you've got to remember when you visit us is that, even though you're in the tree tops, you're extremely safe.

You wear a harness and are clipped-on to safety lines, so if you were to lose your footing on one of the obstacles all you'd do is dangle there (which can be scary, but is not dangerous!). When we fear something we think irrationally and confuse fear with danger. So long as you listen to the safety briefing and follow instructions, your Go Ape adventure will be completely danger-free!

"I was dreading doing Go Ape as I'm petrified of heights, so to my [surprise] as much as I was still slightly nervous during the experience, my husband and I thoroughly enjoyed ourselves and I think I would go again! Kim, Leeds Castle


Those nerves in your stomach can be fearful nerves, or they can be excited nerves and we prefer the latter! All that's required from you is a change of perception. You should expect your heart to beat fast and your knees to tremble when you're up in the trees, but see that as something positive! You're excited and there's adrenaline rushing through your body - embrace it!

"Go Ape is such a good idea to get people outdoors, challenge fears and use their strength. I always enjoy it! ­Janet, Cannock Chase

Fighting your fear of heights by swinging through the trees is much more enjoyable than, say, taking an elevator to the top floor of a building and hastily peering out the window. Fun has always been at the forefront of everything we do at Go Ape and we want you to actually enjoy yourself as you conquer your fear of heights!

"Had a lot of fun, even helped my friend conquer her fear of heights! Holly, Woburn Safari Park

"Watching the kids go around the course is brilliant and them overcoming all fears and laughing with them when they were nervous. it's fantastic. ­­Leanne, Trent Park

"My 8 year old son got up [there and] decided he was scared of heights! The staff were great and helped him overcome his fears and helped him around the course. Alison, Dalby Forest

It doesn't need to be you who has the fear of heights! Maybe it's your mum, sister, partner or little one. You can help them overcome their fears and move from 'I can't' to 'I can!' They'll thank you for it n the end.

Before we wave an emotional farewell to what's been a brilliant season here at Go Ape, we're double-daring you to come hang out with us and conquer your fear (or your mate's fear, or your dad's fear, etc.) once and for all!