Monthly Archives: July 2014

Have You Entered Yet?

Here it is – our BIGGEST competition of the year!

It’s time to get creative, have fun, pull some faces and snap away. Why we hear you ask? Life would be dull otherwise.

We want to see your selfies and each week we’re be challenging you with a different theme.

Share your selfie with your tribe and get them involved to be entered into our grand prize draw! The winner will enjoy a weeks holiday courtesy of our friends at Canopy & Stars, £750 worth of Salomon outdoor gear, a Suunto Elementun Stealth Watch plus tickets to Go Ape. Now that’s a mouthful !

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A DAY OUT IN RIVINGTON, COME RAIN OR SHINE

Rivington Go Ape

Go Ape at Rivington offers visitors one of the best outdoor adventures in Lancashire – and it has the awards to prove it. It was voted Best Tourism Experience at the Lancashire and Blackpool Tourism Awards in 2011 and nominated for Small Visitor Attraction in the 2012 Visit Manchester Awards. If you are keen to take on the challenge of one of the most exciting zip wires Go Ape has to offer, then head this way. Go Ape Rivington also recently played host to the Iron Man UK competition, proving that it’s not just Tarzan-alikes that are drawn for a day out in Rivington.

What to do?

Rivington Pike

If you want to take in more of the surrounding area then a walk is the perfect way to do this. Rivington Pike and its tower on top of Winter Hill can be seen from miles around and once you reach its summit you can see as far as the Cumbrian Fells in the Lake District, Blackpool Tower and the Welsh Mountains. As well as the Pike, there are a number of other sights to see on your walk: Rivington Terraced Gardens; Lever Castle; numerous waterfalls and reservoirs; as well as the village itself. Head out and about on a bike rather than on foot and you’ll see even more.

Where to go?

Fletcher Moss Gardens, Manchester

Being so close to Manchester it seems a shame not to visit this exciting city while you’re in the area. As well as a wealth of culture (Cornerhouse, Whitworth Art Gallery and the People’s Museum, for example), there are also places to escape as well. Fletcher Moss Gardens span 21 suburbs and are notable for the rare flora and fauna that grows there. Follow the nature trail and you can explore woods, saunter along the River Mersey, discover a tiered rock garden, and pop off for a quick game of tennis on the designated courts.

Where to eat?

Yew Tree Inn

The Yew Tree Inn in Anglezarke is a pub that dates back to the 1870s. With its original flagstone floors, oak furniture and traditional charm, this pub is a great place to have a debrief and bite to eat after your visit to Go Ape. There is an emphasis on local produce and this is reflected in the menu. Small dishes include Lancashire cheese on toast, Lancashire black pudding and mushrooms topped with Lancashire cheese. Or if you have worked up a real appetite you might want to go for something larger – Rivington pork ribs, Rivington pork belly and haddock battered in Anglezarke Ale. It is open every day of the week except Mondays.

And something for a rainy day?

Bring a waterproof

Don’t let a bit of (or even a lot of) rain put you off having an amazing time at Go Ape. Think of it as a refreshing treetop adventure. Of course, the key to enjoying being out in the rain is not getting wet. If the weather looks a bit iffy, make sure you pack the right gear so you are prepared. Come armed with a rain coat (with a hood), waterproof trousers and sturdy weatherproof shoes or boots and you will hardly even notice the rain. After all, Tarzan and Jane weren’t afraid of getting wet, so neither should you be.

 

Zip Trekking in the Press

Zips

Our latest experience to join the Go Ape family tree is what everyone is talking about. We’re always proud when we hit the headlines. Here’s just a few of what the press are saying about NEW Zip Trekking Adventure at Grizedale Forest:

Financial Times, June 20th 2014.

“Zip wires – aka death slides – used to be seen only at playgrounds and Scout camps but a new generation have been scaled up and turned into tourist attractions in their own right. Opening on July 4, the Go Ape Zip Trekking Adventure in Cumbria’s Grizedale Forest bills itself as the UK’s longest series of zip wires – the seven sections together add up to 1.5km of sliding.”

The Sun, 5th July 2014.

“The Go Ape Zip Trekking Adventure has more than two miles of lines zig-zagging through the trees, making the the longest series of zips in the country.”

North West Evening Mail, 5th July 2014.

“Zip trekking an adrenalin rush for high fliers. Tandem zip trekking was a brilliant experience. The views were breath-taking, the afternoon adrenalin fuelled and the Go Ape team only  helped make our two hour adventure even more entertaining.”

Meet our Tribe: Area Manager, James Winter.

Forest Segway

So, we’ve heard of these things called Segways and we’ve heard they’re really rather fun. But what makes Go Ape’s Segway Experience so unique? We spoke to James Winter – Area Manager and responsible for all things Segways – to gather some more information about what an hour on one of these all-terrain, two-wheeled, electric machines is really like.

James has been part of the Segway team since day one, so he knows a thing or two about them. The beauty of Segways is that they appeal to everyone – from families and corporate days out to hen/stag dos and birthday parties. At an hour long, it’s a less intense session than the Tree Top Adventure, but many choose to do one followed by the other.

Unlike the Tree Top Adventure, which involves training followed by a few hours finding your own way around the forest without an instructor, the Segway experience is slightly more structured. A Segway instructor will lead you around the forest – but this is no bad thing. James says they’ll often get to know you well during your experience, and will adjust and tailor each session to suit you. They know exactly which areas are best to take you, depending on weather conditions and on the ability of the group.

First up, you’ll have your helmet fitted. This is followed by a training session, during which your Segway will be in ‘training mode’, set at 7.5mph. Around half way through your Segway experience, and when everyone in your group is happy and the conditions are right, the speed setting is changed, meaning you can travel at up to 10.5mph.

If you’ve never stepped on a Segway before, you might be worried about balance and co-ordination. But you certainly don’t need to be an expert unicyclist to master the art of the Segway. In fact, it couldn’t be easier; simply step on to it and enjoy the unique experience of this “clever piece of kit”. It magically keeps itself upright, allowing you to move effortlessly and glide through the forest at your own pace. However, James stresses the importance of paying attention for the duration of the session. The Segway Experience is certainly not without its risks; it is still possible to hurt yourself and fall off if you’re not concentrating. So make sure you stay switched on and “keep your wits about you”, James warns.

Another great thing about Segways is that you get to see parts of the forest you may not necessarily venture out to if you were just going for a walk. It takes you away from the main trail, allowing you to see areas you’ve never seen before, even if you have been “coming to the woods to walk your dog for years”.

So can anyone go on a Segway? Not quite. Just like the Tree Top Adventure, you have to be over ten years old. You also have to be over seven and a half stone and under 19.5 stone – this is so the Segway gyroscopes can keep their balance.

The Segway Experience is an all-weather activity, so it’s equally as exhilarating come rain or shine. Just make sure you wrap up warm in the winter, James says, as you’re standing still so don’t generate a huge amount of body heat.

Once you’ve tried the unique Segway Experience, you’re likely to want to feel the sensation again. This is why James sees the same familiar groups coming back regularly. Segways are available at ten of the Go Ape locations, so find the one closest to you and get a taste for living life adventurously.

 

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