Take to the trees at Go Ape, based in Thetford Forest for a 'highly' adventurous family fun day out.
It’s not in the dictionary, but if it was, Go Ape would be described as a ‘high-wire forest adventure’.
That means giant obstacle courses are built up in the trees using ladders, walkways, bridges and tunnels made of wood, rope and super-strong wire, and top it all off with the country’s best zip lines (including the longest at 426 metres)
People are then kitted out with harnesses, pulleys and karabiners and let loose into the forest canopy.
The result is spectacular. The Go Ape experience gets the adrenalin pumping, gets people out of their comfort zones and above all (no pun intended), it’s just great fun.
Go Ape, Thetford is the original and still the best! Set in the heart of Britain’s largest lowland pine forest, the first ever course is centred around 30 miles of bike and walking trails from which to explore 50,000 acres of forest.
The origins of Go Ape lie in France. Back in 2001, Tris and Becs Mayhew were on holiday in the Auvergne with their six-month old baby and came across a French family swinging through the trees. From the looks on their faces, it was clear both the kids and their parents were having the time of their lives.
Already thinking about stepping off the corporate ladder, Tris and Becs saw an opportunity to start a business moulded by their own values. So they seized the moment, quit their London jobs and began the Go Ape adventure.
Eight years and 22 courses later, they’ve built one of the fastest growing companies in the country and have plans to take the Go Ape message all over the UK and beyond.
Go Ape tries hard to be an environmentally friendly company. The sites are located in some of the UK’s most valuable and beautiful environments and they take responsibility to care for these areas very seriously.
The courses are friendly to wildlife. The wood peel used on the zip line landing sites creates habitats for small creatures – At most sites bat boxes have been set up to create habitats (don’t ask where they are – it’s a secret), and the undersides of the platforms have provided the perfect shelter for nesting swallows and other unperturbed birds.
Courses are designed to minimise impact on trees. Nothing is bolted into trees – clever braces are used that grip trunks and the platforms rest on these. The magic of the system is that the brace can loosened as the tree grows. Trees are inspected annually by an independent aboriculturalist to ensure their health.
Last Updated: 28 Apr 2015