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Zip, zip, hooray!

Zip, Zip, Horray

We heard about it on the radio, read about it in the papers, watched it on the news. In fact, many of us experienced it first-hand simply by gazing out of our window.

We are, of course, talking about the wet-‘n’-wild weather we endured at the start of this year. For many, the superstorms were no laughing matter: hundreds of thousands of homes were flooded, forcing residents to pack their bags and seek shelter elsewhere.

One area in England that felt the full wrath of the storms was Cumbria, home to Go Ape Grizedale Forest. Schools closed and businesses shut down, as the floods invaded the area and turned streets into raging rivers.

Suffice to say, many villages within Cumbria were on lock-down during the winter and as a result, tourism in the county took a big hit. But now warmer weather has (finally) arrived, it’s business as usual with the region back up and running and welcoming visitors in their masses.

Cumbria’s comeback is fantastic news for residents and tourists alike and there’s one thing we’ve got to say to that: zip, zip, hooray!

Situated in the heart of the glorious Lake District, Grizedale Forest is one of the UK’s most beautiful woodlands. You can hike there, ride there, explore there, run there, or simply chill out there – or, you could visit Go Ape and check out our one-and-only, zip-tastic Zip Trekking Adventure!

Zip wires are one of Go Ape’s best-loved obstacles, and so we thought it would be a great idea to create a course that was all about the zip. There are no other obstacles involved in a Zip Trekking Adventure – just zip, after zip, after zip, after zip (seven zips in total, in fact).

Trekking up Grizedale ForestThe tandem of zip wires traverse the sky-scraping Douglas Firs of Grizedale Forest, and believe us when we say that the views are awesome from way up high!

You’ll feel as if you’re on top of the world (or at least, on top of the forest) as you soar through the air, arms open wide with the wind in your face!

Your adventure will last around two hours and includes a safety demo from one of our zip line pros, plus time in our training zone where we’ll share some tips and tricks for making a graceful landing. We can’t guarantee you’ll land on your feet every time, but we promise the soft pile of woodchip will soften your landing.

As well as all this, your Zip Trekking Adventure will include a 20-minute hike through the forest to get to the meeting point. And waiting for you at that meeting point will be one of our off-road vehicles, ready to whisk you and your family/friends up winding mountain roads (with unbeatable views) to the training zip.

A Zip Trekking Adventure is a great way to explore the wonders of Grizedale Forest – by air, by car and by foot; from the ground and from way up high! Book ahead now and get ready for an adventure of a lifetime.

Find a Forest Near You

Go-Ape-Sunshine-Through-The-Trees

There are a lot of reasons to love our forests.

They provide a leafy sanctuary where we can escape the hustle and bustle. They offer a place where we can relax, take some time out and connect with nature. We visit them to explore, to spot wildlife and to see the effects of changing seasons. They are a space to discover, whether we choose to walk, run, bike, swing or roll our way around them!

Of course, the Go Ape tribe have a lot to thank forests for – they provide us with our workspace, after all! Because of forests, Tris and Becs were able to turn their dream into reality, creating a Tree Top Adventure for everyone to enjoy.

Did you know that last month we celebrated the International Day of Forests?

Established by the United Nations General Assembly four years ago, the aim of the day was to raise awareness of the importance of the world’s forests and trees.

But, why raise awareness? Well, our forests may be fun and they may be beautiful, but they are also one of our planet’s most important ecosystems. They are our earth’s lungs, absorbing carbon dioxide and producing oxygen, and they’re also home to more than 80% of the world’s land-based plants and animals.

However, we’re losing forest cover at an alarming rate.

More than 500 million hectares have been burnt down in the past decade, destroying habitats and putting many species of wildlife at increased risk of extinction. It’s not too late to make a change, but we must act now.

The theme for this year’s International Day of Forests was water, looking at how forests are vital to the earth’s freshwater supply. According to the UN, forested watersheds and wetlands provide 75% of the world’s accessible freshwater, while around one-third of the world’s biggest cities obtain a substantial proportion of drinking water from forest protected areas. Forests are natural water filters, yet climate change is altering their role in water flows and is impacting the availability of water resources.

What you can do

Our forests are mega important – around one billion people depend on them for their livelihood. Let’s not forget about all the animals that live there, or the endless varieties of plants and trees that thrive there.

International Day of Forests might have passed but there are a number of things you can do to continue showing your support. Watching and sharing the official International Day of Forests video will help raise awareness.

Above all else, simply visiting and spending time in a forest near you is a great way to celebrate International Day of Forests. You could go on a bike ride with your family, or take a more leisurely stroll through the trees. Or, if you’ve a penchant for Tarzan-inspired adventure, why not swing through the trees at Go Ape? The Forestry Commission website features a map of all the UK’s forests and woodlands and features a list of events to get involved in.

An adventure shared…

Zip Trekking in Cumbria

Adventure knows no boundaries.

An adventure can be as small as constructing a den with your kids in the back garden, or as huge as scaling one of the world’s highest mountains. An adventure could be as simple as waking up early to catch the sunrise, or as scary as jumping out of a plane for your first-ever tandem skydive.

Whatever adventure awaits you, there’s one thing we know to be true: the best adventures are shared adventures!

Living life adventurously

‘Live life adventurously’ – that’s the Go Ape motto, as you probably already know. We inspire others to live their lives more adventurously, starting with swinging through the trees Tarzan-style on one of our Tree Top Adventures.

But now, we think it’s your turn to do the inspiring. We don’t want you to keep your adventures to yourself; we want you to share them with the world! If you’ve done something awesome recently, you should feel excited to tell people about it. If you got a promotion at work or scored an A* on an exam, you wouldn’t keep the news to yourself, would you? You’d shout from the rooftops about it – and that’s what we want you to do about your recent adventures!

Sharing is caring

To make it easy for you to share your stories with the world, we’ve created the #ShareAdventure microsite. It’s basically a database of people’s exciting expeditions, with photos for proof.

The aim of the site is to start a domino effect of adventure. By hitting the ‘Be Inspired’ button, people can read all about other people’s adventure-filled anecdotes. We hope that will either encourage them to try a similar adventure, or to get out there and embark on an utterly unique adventure of their own!

Perhaps you’ve been lax on the adventure front recently. You’ve got that fire in your belly but you’re stuck for ideas on what to try next. You’ve climbed mountains, you’ve camped in the wild, you’ve cruised Britain’s coastline in a campervan – but what now? Well, head over to the #ShareAdventure site to find out what your next adventure should be!

Whether they’re big or small, all adventures are worth sharing.

Wouldn’t it feel good if you knew that you were responsible for giving someone the boost they needed to get out there and embrace adventure? To know that you’ve helped them lead a more fun and fulfilled life?

Oh, there’s also another benefit of sharing your story – there are some awesome goodies up for grabs, including Go Ape tees and hoodies, as well as free tickets to come hang out with us on a Tree Top Adventure.

So, what are you waiting for? Be part of the adventure movement by sharing your story and inspiring others – starting today!

Visit www.shareadventure.co.uk now!

Two-wheeled Adventures

Two-Wheeled Adventures

We spend a lot of time on our feet – walking, running, and simply standing still. So, it’s only right to give our tootsies a well-earned rest every once in a while!

When we say ‘rest,’ we don’t necessarily mean putting your feet up on the sofa and not shifting an inch all day. There is a way to rest your feet whilst remaining active: by swapping two legs for two wheels and embracing the great outdoors!

Wheely good fun

Many adventures can be had on two wheels. And rolling (instead of walking) around with your friends and family in tow will make your adventures far more exciting!

First, you need to pick your mode of transport – the obvious choice for many will be the humble bicycle. There are thousands of cycle routes in the UK to choose from, all ranging in distance and difficulty. The Sustrans website contains a comprehensive list of routes along with maps, summaries, free leaflets (where available) and related route links.

For some off-road fun, head to one of the UK’s woods or forests.

Depending on your skill level and who’s riding with you, you can take your pick from leisurely trails to dedicated, graded mountain bike routes. And if you don’t own your own set of wheels, many of the forests have bike hire facilities. The Forestry Commission website contains all the information you need.

Here’s another two-wheeled suggestion: scooters! Scooters can be just as fun as bikes, whether your little ones ride them to school, to the shops, or use them to pull some impressive stunts at the local skate park.

There’s also a strong argument for adults hopping aboard a scooter, too! Not only is scooting a fun way to travel, but it cuts down journey times, helps you save on petrol, and is good for toning those leg muscles! Choosing to scoot instead of drive a car or catch the bus into work also reduces your carbon footprint – plus, your kids will (probably) think you’re mega cool! Still not convinced? You might be after reading this micro-scooter article.

If you’re keen on exploring the forest on two wheels, you don’t always have to opt for a bike!

If you visit Go Ape, for instance, you could choose to ride one of our all-terrain, self-balancing Forest Segways! The very latest in green technology, our electric Segways will take you off the beaten track, enabling you to explore the wonders of the forest as you weave your way in and out of the trees. It’s an adventure not to be missed.

Our Forest Segway Experience is available at 11 of our adventures across the UK and costs just £35. Included in your experience are a safety demo, practice session, and a totally unforgettable forest experience. You’ll be covering some serious ground on your adventure and will be rolling on everything from simple pathways to truly testing trails. That’s why one of the Go Ape tribe will make sure you’ve mastered the art of balance before letting you roam free!

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