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10 Easy Ways to Share Time This Summer

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In our opinion, time shared = time better spent.

But when we talk about ‘sharing time’ with one another, we don’t mean being sat in the same room, glued to our smartphones and tablets with the TV on in the background. Oh no. Sharing time is all about setting quality time aside to spend with your loved ones – your kids, partner, parents or your best buds. It means switching off all of those distractions and sharing some awesome experiences with one another.

Summer provides the perfect opportunity to get outdoors and share some quality time with the people you love. Stuck for ideas? Here are 10 suggestions:

  1. Ghyll scrambling

Ghyll scrambling (also called gorge scrambling) is a wet ‘n’ wild outdoor activity perfect for thrill-seeking families, couples and groups. Hop across boulders, clamber up waterfalls, slide down natural rock chutes and plunge into pools of water. What’s not to love?

Gyhll Scrambling

  1. Hot air balloon ride

Round-up the tribe and experience the sunrise in a totally new way – that is, from the basket of a hot air balloon. After your airborne adventure, why not visit a local café for some brekky?

  1. Set sail

Hire a boat and set sail on the Lake District’s majestic, turquoise waters. Take in turns to row and enjoy a picnic with dramatic, rugged mountains as your backdrop.

Lake District Sailing

  1. Get your grill on

A summer BBQ is essential – a time to kick back and relax with your loved ones and tuck into some gorgeous, grilled grub.

  1. Group hike

It’s not all about the views from the top – it’s also about the adventures you have along the way. Don your finest walking boots and head out on a group hike; catch up with friends and family as you climb the hills and enjoy a picnic together when you reach the top.

  1. Back to basics

Go back to basics and set up camp, whether it’s at a local campsite, in your back garden or out in the wild in Dartmoor National Park. Spend your evenings under the stars, sat around a campfire, sharing stories and joking about old times. A truly wholesome experience.

Wild Camping Cooking

  1. Go on a horse ride

Explore Britain on all fours by booking a group horse ride. Choose your location – along beaches, across moors or through forests, etc.

  1. Bike ride

Get on your bikes – and if you don’t have one, hire one! A group bike ride is a great opportunity to spend quality time with one another, whether you’re tearing up the trails, riding through the countryside or taking it easy on a cycle path. Don’t set a destination, just ride until you find somewhere beautiful to stop.

  1. Ride the waves

Hire some wetsuits and surfboards (or bodyboards) and catch some waves as the sun begins to set. And don’t worry if you spend more time in the sea than you do on your board!

  1. Go Ape

Re-connect with nature and take the tribe to Go Ape! Choose to swing through the trees on one of our award-winning Tree-Top Adventure courses, or head out en masse aboard our Forest Segways.

Tree Top Adventure Go Ape

For more more ideas on how to #ShareAdventure this summer, head to to read real-life stories from people across the UK – PLUS, you could win amazing adventurous prizes including weekend breaks, camping gear and more.

Five Top Spots For Nature Investigators

Share Adventure Canopy & Stars

This week Canopy & Stars joins us to talk about getting back to nature this summer, starting with going on an adventure in the outdoors…

“In the brilliant business of glamping, we spend a lot of time outdoors and consider ourselves rather knowledgeable in the art. Alongside the marshmallow toasting and sausage grilling, we do like to channel our David Attenborough and you’ll often find us self-narrating an outdoor exploration, loping around in our wellies following a trail of pawprints with a magnifying glass, searching for wild elderflower or desperately trying to identify a lesser spotted woodpecker. No creature too big and no plant too small, we’ve got this nature thing down pat and have written a guide to share it.

The Canopy & Stars Little Book for Nature Investigators is for all budding explorers who enjoy the wild outdoors. There are four packs full of amazing facts, games, puzzles and jokes plus the Nature Investigators Passport to keep track of your progress.

Here are five of our hottest spaces, perfect for getting you started on your exciting Nature Investigation journey the next time you find yourself outdoors:-

Elmley Nature Reserve

Stake out the resident barn owl through long grasses or find your inner twitcher as you sit in one of the designated birdwatching hides at the end of the wildlife trails – Elmley is definitely the ideal space to visit our feathered friends. Alternatively, tuck yourself up among the wool throws in your hut and watch the wildlife from your bed!

Walcot Hall

Can you tell the difference between an ash and an elm tree? Well at this eclectic collection of spaces set in a beautiful arboretum, you’ll be right at home if you’re looking for an adventure under the canopies. Or if you fancy wandering further from Walcot Hall, the Shropshire forests and hills lie panoramic before you, begging to be explored.

Walcot Hall

Knepp Wildland Safaris

Knepp is the perfect place to stay while you brush up on your animal tracks and trails – its wildlife quests offer up the chance to see all creatures great and small from special treetop viewing platforms. From grass snakes to voles and mice as well as roaming cattle, Exmoor ponies, deer and the estate’s own Tamworth pigs. Who needs Africa to go on safari?!


Plas Bach

With seven acres of romantic garden, fields and orchard to explore, Plas Bach has enough to     offer up several days’ worth of exploration. The beautiful box garden is perfect for comparing your daisies to your chamomiles and provide the most gorgeous colourful backdrop full of brilliant blooms.

Plas Bach & L. House

The Wood Life

With eight acres of woodland to explore, The Wood Life is a great all round goodie for a budding Nature Investigator. Search for badger trails, play ‘Meet a Tree’ or visit in May and marvel at the carpet of bluebells in the woodland.

The Wood Life

Download our Little Book for Nature Investigators and start your very own quest to become a fully fledged Investigator!”


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Little-known tips and tricks for the ultimate zip trek

Zip Trekking Adventure

If you’ve been keeping up-to-date with everything Go Ape, you’ll know that last year we opened our first-ever Zip Trekking Adventure in Grizedale Forest.

If you fancy getting a bird’s eye view of the forest, soaring above trees and swooping through lush green valleys, this is the adventure for you. No other obstacles, just zip, after zip, after zip, after zip, after zip (there are 7 in total, covering a whopping 3km).

So, fancy a go? Of course you do. But, before venturing off to Grizedale and embarking on your sky-high adventure, check out these little-known tips and tricks for the ultimate zip trek:

One step for man…

…one giant LEAP for Go Ape-rs! Hands down the best way to kick-off your Zip Trekking Adventure is by stepping off the first platform. And while you’re at it, why not impress your mates by unleashing your biggest and best Tarzan holler!?

Having a ball

Instead of leaving your legs to dangle aimlessly, try tucking them up into your chest and forming a ball shape. You’re bound to pick up some speed doing this – just be sure to let go as you approach the end.

Open your eyes!

Don’t scrunch those eyes shut in fear – open them and appreciate your spectacular surroundings! As you soar through the sky the landscape beneath you will be constantly shifting; one second you’ll be descending down a valley, the next you’ll find yourself traversing the forest’s towering Douglas Firs. Oh, and there’s also another reason we recommend keeping your eyes open…

Brace for (barky) impact!

Now, don’t go enjoying yourself so much that you forget to brace for impact! As that big mound of cushiony woodchip comes up to greet you, start the running motion with your legs. Hopefully, this’ll mean you land on two feet, but there’s bound to be a couple of times you don’t. In fact, by the time the adventure is finished, most people find that they have amassed a significant amount of woodchip – in their hair, tucked in their socks, in their pockets and down their pants. You might want to have a serious shakedown before returning to your car.


Recording a video of your adventure is a great way for you to re-live your experience and show off to your mates! We allow cameras in the tree-tops so long as they’re attached to your person. And speaking from experience, GoPro cams are the best way to capture your adventure – they can be mounted onto your helmet, leaving you hands-free so you can throw your arms into the air as you zip!

Been there, done that? If you’ve already been on a Zip Trekking Adventure and consider yourself a pro, why not share your own tips and tricks with us? If you’ve got some videos or snaps, you can share those with us too via our Facebook page.

How to Geocache Like a Pro

How to Geocache

Join the geocaching movement!

Geocaching has taken the world by storm in recent years. For those of you scratching your heads, geocaching is a recreational outdoor activity whereby people hide boxes – called ‘caches’ – in different locations for other people to find using GPS. Each cache contains a logbook along with some knick-knacks for trading. Pretty cool, huh?

You might think of geocaching as a relatively new phenomenon, but it’s basically just an updated version of a popular pastime known as letterboxing, with the addition of tech. And the great thing about geocaching is that is encourages people to get outdoors, embrace adventure and explore lots of beautiful, intriguing new places. You in?

There are over 2.5 million geocaches worldwide.

In fact, you’re probably near a few right now. To get started, you need to create an account with a website such as Once you’re signed up, you search for a location, click the geocache/s you want to find, plug the coordinates into your GPS and go, go, go!

When you find the cache, fill in the logbook with the date, your geocache username and additional comments about your experience. The cache might contain some treats which you can trade-in for your own goodies. Then, when you return home you can log your find on the website and share some tips with fellow geocachers.

Ready to go geocache?

Here are some tips:

– Caches aren’t always simple, square boxes. They vary in size, shape and difficulty. We’ve seen caches disguised as rocks, hidden in pre-cut logs and driven into nuts and bolts, so be prepared to do some serious searching.

– The difficulty and terrain of each cache is rated on a scale of 1-5 (1 = easy; 5 = extremely tough). If you’re a newbie, start simple and work your way up.

– Geocaches are hidden and are never buried, so put that spade back down!

– Before you set off, write down the size of the cache you’re looking for (micro/small/regular) and any advice given by people who have previously found the cache. This’ll seriously help you out on your quest.

– If you’re venturing somewhere new, use maps to check the surrounding area and terrain and dress/pack accordingly. For instance, if you know you need to trek 40 minutes up a hill to find your cache, you’ll know to wear your walking boots and pack a bottle of water!

– If you’re thinking of trading an item, it should be equal or greater in value than the item you’re taking from the cache. Be fair and honest, don’t take an item without putting one back and bear in mind some caches have themes you need to stick to.

– When you find the cache, make a note or sketch how it was hidden so you can replace it in the exact same position when you’re done.

– Most of the caches are hidden in stunning locations. Take time to stop, breathe in the fresh air and soak in the scenery!

…Now, where to go? After checking out local caches, you might want to give the following places a visit, all of which are National Trust sites:

Newark Park, Gloucestershire: There are nine hidden caches in Newark Park, which overlooks the picturesque Ozleworth Valley, the Mendips and beyond.

Wicken Fen, Cambridgeshire: Four family-friendly caches are hidden in the grounds of Wicken Fen, all of which have a wildlife/habitat theme. In each cache you’ll find a suggestion for an activity all the family can get involved in.

Tyntesfield, Bristol: This is one of the National Trust’s first geocaching sites. The six caches all contain interesting information on the area’s rich history and facts about how the National Trust is helping to look after the surrounding woodland.

Roseberry Topping, North Yorkshire: An iconic hill straddling the North York Moors, Roseberry Topping is home to three hidden caches spread across Newton Wood, Cliff Ridge Wood and Roseberry itself. These three caches will give you clues to where a fourth cache, located on Newton Moore, can be found.

If you’re already a geocache pro and have your own tips or suggestions on where to go geocaching, we’d love to know!

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