Go Ape, Leeds Castle
I’m just going to start by saying that if you haven’t been to Go Ape, you are missing out and I mean seriously missing out. I’ve been to Go Ape on a couple of occasions and loved it.
So what is Go Ape?
It’s described as a tree top adventure which roughly translates as an afternoon spent amongst the trees, tacking high ropes and zip wires. Oh the zip wires. They are my favourite part. I love moving through the trees on the ropes, taking in the view and the fresh air, but nothing quite compares to the zip wires. The longest zip wire at Leeds Castle is 250 metres - enough time to sit into your harness and watch the world whiz past.
The Leeds Castle Go Ape was the venue for both of my adventures and the course is broken into 5 stages, each one ending with a zip wire. The highest point on the course is 12 metres in the air, so you should be able to get a nice view up there. It’s high, but not terrifyingly high. I loved being up in the trees and felt very safe harnessed onto the trees (the team at Go Ape show you how to use a double karabiner system to ensure that there’s no danger of you falling). They also do a great introduction on a very small adventure course before letting you loose on the main event. My squeals of delight could be heard all across the grounds of Leeds Castle and that was just on the introductionary equipment!
Go Ape isn’t just for kids, but they would love it too. We went as a group of adults for my birthday and it was brilliant. People aged 12 – 16 can enjoy the main adventure as long as they are accompanied by an adult. Those aged 6 - 12 can take part in the Tree Top Junior Adventure.
And it’s not just Leeds Castle that offers this fantastic experience, there are over 28 locations to Go Ape and some sites also have other experiences to enjoy such as Forest Segway Adventures. There’s also a Zip Trekking Adventure, which is the best bit (the zip wires) across Grizedale Forest. I wish I had known about that when we were in the Lake District earlier on in the year.
I would say you have to have a basic level of fitness to really enjoy Go Ape. There is a bit of climbing rope ladders involved, but it’s a really exhilarating day out.
I can’t wait to go again and my next venue (if I don’t get to the Lake District again any time soon) will be Bedgebury Forest, one of my other favourite places in Kent.
So if you are looking for a fun day out with friends or somewhere to take the kids this summer holiday, I would highly recommend Go Ape. Prices are £33 for those over 16, £25 for those aged 11 – 15 and £18 for the Tree Top Junior course.
My only other piece of advice is to try and always end your zip wire facing forwards, I ended up skidding in on my bottom a couple of times and more than a few wood chips ended up down my trousers. I think I owe Leeds Castle a couple of handful of bark chips!
Now closed - congratulations go to our winner, Laura from Hull.
I've teamed up with Go Ape to offer one lucky winner a £100 Go Ape voucher. All you need to do is share and like the competition post on Facebook or retweet it on Twitter. The competition will close on the 31st of August.
1.To enter you need to share and like the competition post on Facebook or retweet the competition post on Twitter. 2.The competition runs between 1st July and 31st August. 3.The prize consists of a £100 Go Ape voucher, valid for 1 year, fulfilled by Go Ape. 4.The prize is non-refundable, non-transferable, has no cash alternative and has no cancellation value once booked. 5.The prize draw is open to UK residents aged 16 years and over, except anyone professionally associated with the competition. 6.These terms and conditions are correct at time of being published but may be subject to change without notice.
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