Monthly Archives: July 2015

Stuck Behind A Screen. The Reason Why Will Shock You.

Closeted Generation Survey Results

Children will spend more time in front of a screen this summer than going on adventures.

We conducted a survey of 2,000 British parents to discover how they, and their children, will be spending family time together this summer – the results were disheartening.

Check out the infographic below and join the #ShareAdventure campaign this summer to get kids back outdoors and living life adventurously.

#ShareAdventure Survey Results

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Favourite places for family adventure in the UK

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The kids are off school and its time to find fun things to keep them occupied for the rest of the Summer and with this week also being National Countryside week, we thought we would share six of our favourite family adventures in the Countryside chosen by your good selves.

So pack the binoculars, hiking boots and picnic and get exploring our beautiful, celebrated outdoors!

1. NORTHUMBERLAND

“As a family of four we discovered Plessey Woods Country Park, Northumberland.

We took a walk in the woods, crossed a stream, paddled in the river, played frisby and ended our day by using our camping stove to picnic in the park and left with lots of memorable pics.”

FIONA, NORTHUMBERLAND

Read all about this adventure: Click here 

Zip Trekking AdventurePlessey Woods Country Park

Plessey Woods is made up of 100 acres of woodland, meadow and riverside and is an ideal location for a family day out in the great outdoors!

Plan your day around seeking out roe deer, tree creepers and great spotted woodpeckers on one of the park’s self-guided tours, and one of their themed days which may include ‘Campfire Cooking’ on the 20th August or ‘Shelter Building’ on the 27th August. 

2. DEVON

‘’ The children decided to teach an old dog new tricks and before I knew it I was coasteering with them on the North Coast of Devon. I’ve never had so much fun in my life even though it seemed scary to a grown up. So let your kids lead you sometimes!”

MIKE, SOMERSET

Read all about this adventure: Check here 

Coasteering in Devon

Experience the beautiful North Cornwall and Devon coastline in the most thrill seeking way possible! Climb and scramble over boulders and barnacle-covered ledges under the safe supervision of experienced instructors-what better way to introduce your kids to the world of adventure and take in the stunning natural scenery.

3. THE PEAK DISTRICT

2307Country1“Experience the adventure of the Monsal Trail in the heart of the spectacular Peak District-whizz through four former railway tunnels on your bicycle and enjoy breathtaking views at Monsal Viaduct.”                                                      

VISIT PEAK DISTRICT & DERBYSHIRE, PEAK DISTRICT

Read all about this adventure: Click here 

The Monsal Trail

Experience the breath-taking limestone dales in the Peak District on a traffic free route for walkers, cyclists and horse riders.

A storybook adventure awaits the whole family as you explore hidden tunnels from the old railway, which closed in 1968.

4. SOUTH WALES

“Searching for King Arthur’s grave has inspired my son to lead us on adventures amongst the hills and valleys of South Wales. We discovered wonderful views of the Gower Peninsula and had lots of fun hunting for ancient ruins. We even found the grave!”

NAOMI, WEST SUSSEX

Read all about this adventure: Click here

Canopy & Stars 7th RiseThe Gower Peninsula

With a rich diversity of wild moors, award-winning beaches, salt-water marshes and dunes spread across 188 sq km, there really is something for all!

And for those looking for an adventure similar to Naomi’s, the Gower Peninsula has at least 1200 archaeological sites including a lighthouse, medieval castles, Iron Age forts and even caves for the kids to explore and set their imaginations running wild!

5. WEST LANCASHIRE

“There’s a magical gem deep in the beauty of West Lancashire and by chance, it’s called Fairy Glen. Wrap up in winter and get those wellies on, be amazed at the beauty of the ice of the waterfalls and in summer, get your toes wet in the stream.”

SARAH, WEST LANCASHIRE

Read all about this adventure: Click here 

Fairy Glen, Appley Bridge

Canopy & Stars WanderooDeep in ancient woodland of Oak, Birch, Ash and Alder trees lies a seasonal carpet of bluebells, wild garlic and ferns.

If the name Fairy Glen doesn’t conjure up a magical world for the little ones, once they see the waterfalls and cliff faces there will be gasps all round!

So pack a picnic and waterproofs and let the Glen captivate you.

6. YORKSHIRE

“ Climbing Gordale Scar waterfall in Malham with our girls. Such a fantastic feeling to reach the top and see the views!”

ANDREA, LANCASHIRE

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Gordale Scar, Malham

Photos will not do this magnificent gorge justice. The size is only truly appreciated once you have turned into Scar itself.

With 2 waterfalls and limestone cliffs it is a wonder to behold and explore with the family, and if scrambling up the face feels too much, there are plenty of watery retreats to soothe the hiking feet.

 

Do you have an epic UK adventure you would like to share? Please visit: http://www.shareadventure.co.uk/ to inspire others and win awesome prizes!

NEW City Park Adventure Coming Soon!

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Go Ape Battersea Park is on it’s way.

City Park Adventure is coming to the heart of London in Battersea Park and we are aiming for an Autumn opening.

Work has began and we’re as excited as you are for our first City Park Adventure.

Nestled a stones throw from the buzz of the city, our high ropes adventure takes one beautiful corner of Battersea Park and adds a healthy dollop of breathtaking London scenery. We’ll add a smattering of tree top high wires, tricky crossings (using ladders, walkways, bridges and tunnels made of wood, rope and super-strong wire) and unforgettable zip wires.

Here’s a Q & A on City Park Adventure:

Here’s a few things you might want to know…

What are the plans?

Our course will consist of 2 main towers, from which participants will work their way around several loops of obstacles and zip wires of varying difficulty. The crossings will be suspended from suitable trees and purpose built steel poles. 

Will Go Ape damage the trees?

Go Ape is built on the long term health of trees. Our courses are designed to have a minimal impact on the trees we utilise, allowing us to work with partners like the Forestry Commission. We work with leading independent arboriculturalists to check the trees remain healthy and strong.

 

We’ll keep you posted on when it’s landed!

Become Britain’s next great adventurer – tips for the experts

Modern Day Adventures

You think you’re a great adventurer, you’ve embarked upon more adventure than most, but there’s a few tips that might have escaped you and your exploration.

Take a look below and read our top five tips on how to make the most of every adventure.

1. Pay attention

You might be chatting away as you explore but don’t forget to keep your eyes peeled. You never know what you might miss! There could be a wild animal peer it’s head round the corner – and you’d be disappointed to miss it!

2. Plan for every weather!

There’s no such thing as bad weather – just different kinds of weather. Take the time to pack for rain, wind and sunshine, you never know what you’ll get in the UK…

3. Be prepared to change your plans

Don’t be too stuck in your plans. It’s important to have a plan but if something crops up that looks fun that don’t be afraid to alter them. You might be missing a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity!

4. Pack some toilet roll!

Enough said. Trust us, this is a good one!

5. Make time to reflect

You might be rushing to plan your next adventure, but don’t forget to take time to digest what you’ve just achieved.

#ShareAdventure this Summer

This summer, Go Ape are encouraging everyone to #ShareAdventure. The ‘adventure generator’ will provide you with inspiration for your next adventure: www.shareadventure.co.uk.

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