Go Ape: Location Profile – Forest of Dean, Gloucestershire
A Day Out In And Around Forest Of Dean – For Over 50s
Planning a trip to Go Ape? Great choice. It’s the perfect way to get back to your primate roots and prove that age is nothing but a number. And if you’re looking for an adventure, why not make sure it is in the most beautiful surroundings? Your treetop exploration in the Forest of Dean will be set above Mallards Pike Lake, giving you the most stunning of views. And all of this at the same time as leaping off a Tarzan Swing, tackling high ropes and hurtling down the epic zip wire. Not bad for a morning’s work… Here are some ideas to extend the fun throughout the whole day.
Where to go?
Nature in Art, Twigworth
Housed in a grand Georgian mansion dating back to the mid-1700s, this is the world’s first museum and art gallery inspired by nature. Located just outside the city of Gloucester, it’s easy to swing by and check it out before or after you’ve Gone Ape. You can visit the artists’ studio and meet one of the artists-in-residence to find out more about what they do. You’ll have been close to nature in your treetop adventure, and here you can continue your journey through the natural world.
What to do?
Make a day of it
There’s plenty to keep you occupied for the whole day in the Forest of Dean. For anyone who enjoys walking, they’re spoilt for choice. If it’s an easy stroll you’re after then there are a number of circular walks (including the sculpture trail) that allow you to take in the surroundings, in your own time. There are more tricky walks too for the more intrepid amongst you, with stiles to leap over and hills to climb. There are also cycles, Segways and canoes available to hire if you want to get a different perspective on things.
Where to eat?
Wye Valley Picnics
Seeing as you’re making a day of it, why not treat yourself to something a little bit different for lunch? Wye Valley Picnics brings your picnic food to you in locations throughout the valley. There’s a choice of gourmet picnic hampers, and much of the food on offer is locally sourced and showcases the best of the region’s cuisine. Ever tried Welsh dragon cheese, Wye Valley smoked salmon or bara brith? Well it’s about time you did.
And something for a rainy day?
The Nelson Museum and Local History Centre, Monmouth
We know that a bit of rain won’t spoil the fun you have swinging high in the treetops, but you might want to dry off later in the day. This museum boasts one of the world’s best collection of memorabilia about Admiral Nelson. You can find out about the life, loves and death of the famous Admiral through images, weapons, models and letters. The history of the ancient Wye Valley market town is also on display, including memorabilia about Charles Stuart Rolls, co-founder of Rolls-Royce who lived nearby. Entry is free.