It’s that time of year again – the biannual clock change is upon us.
Whether you’re the type of person who stays up ‘til 2am waiting for the “thrill” of witnessing the time on your smartphone jump back an hour, or – like the majority of us – you need a text from your mum to remind you in the morning, the 25th October marks the official start of the autumn/winter season.
The concept of Daylight Saving Time (DST) was championed by an English gentleman called William Willett in 1907. He wrote a pamphlet, called ‘The Waste of Daylight’, in the hope of encouraging people to get out of bed earlier, and spent his entire life trying to convince us Brits to take it on. Eventually, in 1916 – nearly 100 years ago now – we did.
Here’s a random piece of trivia for you: William Willett is Coldplay’s Chris Martin’s great-great grandfather! We know – really random!
Here at Go Ape we must admit we love the autumn. The clocks going back means the mornings are much lighter, and there’s nothing like waking up on a crisp, autumnal day with the sun beaming through the blinds to make us feel recharged and ready for the day ahead. It’s also much better to travel to work when it’s light and bright – it wakes us up in a way a cup of coffee never could!
The autumn is also a wonderful time to be around trees. We love the crunch under our feet; the chill in the air; the leaves turning from green to burnt orange and yellow; the way it makes you feel like a dragon breathing out smoke when you exhale…
Although we can’t deny we’re a fan of that sneaky extra hour in bed on the morning of the clock change, one of the perks of the longer nights and cooling temperatures is a brisk walk in the forest on a misty autumnal morning. Luckily, the UK is home to some stunning countryside and woodland, ripe and ready for an early AM excursion.
While you’re at it, why not embrace autumn and fall forwards at Go Ape this season? It’s the ultimate way of blowing the cobwebs away, and will leave you feeling refreshed and invigorated. Take on the challenge of gliding through the forest on our Segways or fly down our zip-wires and unleash your inner Tarzan on our Tarzan Swing (accompanying holler obligatory). With 28 Go Ape locations across the country, you’ll be spoilt for choice! See you soon…