What better way to add some excitement to a post-graduation trip to the Lake District than swinging through the trees at Go Ape Grizedale? This was the lucky position I found myself in having won two free tickets to Go Ape’s Tree Top adventure, courtesy of NUS extra.
Having visited Go Ape several times before I had a pretty good idea of what to expect, but I still had a sense of anticipation as we arrived in the picturesque surroundings of Grizedale Forest and saw the zip wires lacing their way across the forest canopy. We were soon fitted into our harnesses and listened to the safety briefing – the golden rule being “Always Stay Attached” to the safety line system that runs through each stage of the course. After a brief demonstration by an instructor, we then embarked on the first set of ladders, obstacles and zip-lines at our own pace. This is something I like about Go Ape as you can relax and enjoy the various challenges rather than feeling like you have to rush around the course.
Each stage of the tree top adventure consists of a series of platforms high up in the trees connected by a range of different obstacles. This course featured all the Go Ape classics including various wooden bridges, two Tarzan swings and, of course, the obligatory zip wires. I’m never quite prepared for the gut-wrenching drop as you jump off the platform for the Tarzan swings but it’s certainly a thrill. The longer zip wires were also a highlight, which took us soaring high above the forest floor with amazing views. The dappled shade under the trees provided a welcome respite from the scorching sun we experienced all week. Neither myself nor my partner found the course particularly challenging but that didn’t stop us from having fun. Perhaps we need to set our sights on the “extreme route” at Go Ape Wendover!
All too soon we completed the final stage and made our way back to the start to collect our certificates whilst dusting off bark chipping acquired from our less graceful zip wire landings. Overall it was a fun way to spend a morning and an altogether different way to experience the beautiful surroundings of Grizedale forest!
Natural Sciences graduate from University of Bath