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“ I knew when I met you an adventure was going to happen”

Adventure, in our leafy world, is the central core around which everything else is built. It encompasses that rich feeling of elation, a sensation of freedom and a devotion to experience something new!

But an adventure isn’t the same when you have no one to share it with.

Whatever name you give it – bonding, team building, family time, camaraderie (it’s tribe in our case) – a shared adventure is plain good fun.

“Say yes to new adventures”

We live in a land packed with the ‘a’ word. You might not know it yet, but it’s there. And it’s our mission to help you find it.

We want to inspire the whole of the UK to share adventure and live life adventurously. Lashed together with ropes and wire, we’ve built this rather splendid adventure generator – or as the Chief likes to call it – an inspirator.

It’s a portal for you to get inspired, a foundation for you to create, a hub for you to WIN good things and a base for you to share your adventures!

Intrigued? Go on, click INSPIRE ME and #ShareAdventure.


It’s National Picnic Week!


Definition of the picnic:

an occasion when a packed meal is eaten outdoors, especially during an outing to the countryside.

The Great British Picnic represents more than just our stubborn British spirit, it represents a promise of adventure! For us, that period after an adventure where an array of fabulous feasts are enjoyed in the great outdoors, gives you time to reflect on your experience – whatever it might have been!

When the weather’s good, there’s no better way to spend the day than over an adventurous picnic with friends and family – especially if your picnic spot is one of the best.

We’ve bundled together our top picnic spots for #PicnicWeek in the UK, have a read:

1. Exploring the depths of Thetford Forest

A picnic in the heart of the largest lowland pine forest is right up there on our ‘to-do’ The Feeling of Adventurelist. There’s miles of trails, which are just great for a romantic walk, a wind-in-your-face bike ride – you’ll work up a great appetite for a forest feast! When you settle in the perfect picnic spot, keep you fingers crossed to see the forest’s beautiful red deer. It’s a sight that you won’t forget in a hurry!

2. Admiring the views of Loch Lomund

Loch Lomond is a super spot for a picnic. For a fresh take on one of Scotland’s best views, catch the ferry to the little wooded island of Inchcailloch. Here why not follow a path to the summit of a wee hill called Tom na nighean (hill of the young women) for views over Loch Lomond’s polka dot of islands. If it’s warm, try a bit of wild swimming – we’d recommend that fresh feeling only a swim in the Loch’s clear water can give you…

3. Overlooking the Seven Sisters of Sussex

Eat your sandwiches opposite one of the most beautiful scenes in the country – the Seven Sisters. OK, so the shingle beach doesn’t make for the comfiest of meals, but the views are well worth it. The Sisters is a great place to watch the sun set after a day exploring. It’s the way the light plays over the white cliffs – it makes for some stunning snaps. Behind the famous chalk cliffs you’ll find meandering rivers, flower-rich downland to admireand a rollercoaster path on which you can walk off your sandwiches.

4. An unrivalled backdrop of the Snowdonia Mountains

The backdrop of the Menai Strait and Snowdonia’s mountains are pretty spectacularCheddar Gorge - Somerset for a sarnie or two. You can wander (or hike!) along the shaded woodland trails to find a perfect spot for a picnic in Anglesea. Why not walk up the steps of Plas Newydd to discover what their epic treehouse has to offer. After being rebuilt last year, it’s now bigger and better than ever. Trust us, there are some amazing views of our favourite Welsh mountains.

5. High in the sky!

Up high in the sky is an incredible place to be especially with a picnic. Floating across the Welsh hills in the gentle breeze sipping on bubbly and crunching on crisps taking in the spectacular views. A truly memorable adventurous picnic up in the sky!

6. Cheese and wine in Bristol

No need to venture to far to have a cheese and wine picnic and listen to some summer tunes. Head out to Brandon Hill in Bristol to soak up some summer rays and enjoy the things that are free in life. You may even be able to spot some wildlife in the nature park!

7. Sea air on the Isle of Wight

Extreme PicnickingFancy a bit of sea air and homemade grub? The best place to picnic in the Isle of Wight is down on Compton Bay. Take the kids and the dog to play outside in the summer sun and swim in the sea for an adventurous day out. The coloured cliffs and coastal views are a wonderful backdrop as well as trying to find dinosaur bones in the historical location.

8. BBQ on the River Frome

Grab a barbeque and some bits to throw on and head down to the River Frome for a swim in the wild and a country picnic. The water is crisp and fresh for a dip and the surrounds are peaceful and green. Nothing better than a summer day with friends chilling out away from life’s hassles!

Here’s something we lashed together on Pinterest #picnicweek Take a look: 

Follow Go Ape UK’s board Adventurous Picnic Ideas on Pinterest.

We want to inspire the whole of the British Isles to share adventure and live life adventurously. Lashed together with ropes and wire, we’ve built this rather splendid adventure generator – or as the Chief likes to call it – an inspirator.

Inspire Me

A Beginners Guide to Sailing by Nikki Curwen

Nikki Curwen Sailing Sunset

So you want to start sailing..!

We asked Nikki Curwen to give us the run down on where to start, here’s a beginners guide from a transatlantic pro:

“There are loads of options but I would suggest finding a dinghy course near you, or even go somewhere nice and warm. The Royal Yachting Association (RYA) have a very good scheme in place for beginner training, if you go on their website you can search for training centres across the world. Or perhaps you have a friend you could bribe for lessons, or at least a taster?

Understanding wind direction and the response needed is definitely easier to find from sailing in smaller boats. Although you might like the idea of starting on a nice dry cruising boat, to really get to grips with the sport I’d definitely suggest jumping in something smaller and taking the waves to your face!

From there you need to ask yourself, what do you want? Which direction do you want to go in? Big boat, small boat, cruising, racing, day sailing…there are many different channels you can take. Each needing different skills and each with their own positives and negatives.

Desperate to try dinghies?

A dingy is perfect for day sailing, club racing, and competitive fleet racing. Relatively cheap and easy to transport you can travel around easily, and can store in a garage or driveway. From solo sailing in a laser, to swallows and amazons style picnic adventures in a wooden classic. Once you’ve mastered the basics of sailing you can get on the water quickly. Whether on a local pond or on the coast.

If you want to get into racing there are many different options, from optimists, cadets, toppers, mirrors, moving up to 420, 29er, and the RS fleet. If your looking into dinghy racing, I’d suggest choosing your “local club” and seeing what classes are raced there, talk to the sailors, perhaps even persuade one of them to loan you a boat to try.

The quickest way to learn is to get stuck in and get as much time on the water as you can.

Yearning for a yacht?

Slightly larger and generally having some form of cover or accommodation you can travel further in a yacht, with flexibility for more people to join you.

Your basic principals of sailing are still the same as in the dinghy but everything tends to happen a bit slower. While you have more time to respond and react, you also can’t notice changes as well so can be more difficult. A yacht can come with an engine, plumbing, electrics, painting/varnishing and more things to tinker with to keep you busy, particularly when it comes to maintenance.


In short, there is no right or wrong way to learn, for beginners it’s what suits you, and what you want to get out of it.”

There’s Trekking… And Then There’s Zip Trekking!

Go Ape Zip Trekking Adventure

Imagine this: You’re in the middle of Grizedale Forest surrounded by hundreds (perhaps thousands) of beautiful, towering Douglas Firs. The sun is beating down and there isn’t a cloud in sight. You’re looking out over the lush green valley and all is silent apart from the occasional chirping of birds. Blissful.

The enchanting Grizedale Forest is as vast as it is beautiful and provides the perfect spot for an afternoon trek. The trails will take you deep into the heart of the forest where you’ll come across numerous species of wildlife. You might also spot a few art sculptures along the way, too – there are just over 50 permanent pieces to find.

But, we’re going to make a suggestion.

How about, the next time you visit Grizedale Forest, you explore it in an entirely different way? And by ‘entirely different,’ we mean giving your legs a rest and exploring the forest by air instead!

“How do you do that?” we hear you ask. Well, it’s simple – on our new and (extremely) exciting Zip Trekking Adventure! We’ve practically made human flight possible (well, nearly), enabling you to get a bird’s-eye view of the forest as you fly above the tree tops and through the valleys via seven different zip wires. Sounds pretty fun, huh?

Our Zip Trekking Adventure is all about zip wires.

There are actually no other obstacles involved, unless you count the rope ladders you climb to get up to the platforms. It’s just zip, after zip, after zip, after zip…

We’ve got the largest network of zip wires anywhere in the UK and you’ll cover a total 3km of ground (or shall we say, air?) during your experience. Estimated total flight time is around 2 hours (that’s longer than a flight to the South of France).

So, what’s included in your adventure other than the zip wires? Well, when you arrive at Go Ape you’ll first be given a safety demonstration by a member of the Go Ape tribe, who will teach you how to use all of your zip wire equipment. Next up, you’re going on a hike; a 20 minute hike through the beautiful forest and to the meeting point where one of the Go Ape Land Rovers will be waiting for you.

The car will drive you and your pals along the stunning mountain roads and to the training zip where you can get some practice at making a soft/graceful/painless landing before your real adventure begins. Then, once you’ve built your confidence up, the forest awaits you!

With the Go Ape Zip Trekking Adventure, you really do get the best of both worlds. You get to explore the stunning Grizedale Forest in numerous ways – by foot, by car and by air. And as you make that soft, graceful and painless landing into that pile of woodchip waiting for you at the end of Zip 7, we guarantee you’ll be doing so with an enormous grin across your face.

So, are you ready for a tree-mendous Zip Trekking Adventure? For more details, and to book, head to the Zip Trekking Adventure page on our website.

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