Black Park Country Park is a sprawling area of woodland, heathland and grassland (set over 535 acres). As always, a day out in Black Park Country Park Go Ape will mean you are spending as much time in the treetops as you are on terra firma. The Go Ape experience will see you whizzing down zip wires, launching yourself from Tarzan swings and teetering on high rope crossings as you make your way around the leafy course. As well as a sense of ape-like adventure, you also get to see the best of views.
What to do?
Hire a bike or Segway
As well as all an abundance of elevated fun, there are also Segway and bikes that allow you to get off the beaten track and head out to the furthest-most reaches of the country park. The park is fairly flat so you can cover plenty of ground as you pedal or Segway your way around. There are plenty of trails and tracks to explore that let you to take in some stunning scenery. Heading out on two wheels (with or without a saddle) is a great contrast to all that treetop activity.
Where to go?
Orienteering your way around
If you have surveyed the area from the air and on two wheels but are still after more of a challenge then you can always do a spot of orienteering too. Courses vary in length and ability. For novices there is a 1.5km course, and for the more advanced (and those who embrace a challenge) there are courses of around 4.5km. You don’t need one, but if you are serious about orienteering (or feeling competitive) you should bring a compass with you too. You can purchase orienteering packs for £1.50 from the park’s visitor centre which provides you with a detailed map and instructions.
Where to eat?
The Red Lion
Throwing yourself into a busy day of treetop shenanigans will always mean you work up an appetite. If you fancy grabbing something to eat then you should head to The Red Lion in Stoke Poges. It will give you the chance to refuel in a beautiful traditional country pub that has been serving people food for more than 400 years. Today, the menu is seasonal and modern British with a bit of the Mediterranean thrown in too. Choose from chicken and ham pie, slow cooked pork belly, pizzas and mixed mezze. It’s about a ten minute drive away from Go Ape and as a Go Ape customer you will receive a tasty 20% off your bill any day of the week.
And something for a rainy day?
On a wet and windy day you might want to seek refuge in the former home of Benjamin Disraeli. It was the scene of many political dramas, royal visits and literary inspiration. And if the weather does improve, you can explore the Hughenden Estate, taking in the walled garden, ancient woodland and spacious parklands as you go. If you are a National Trust member you can visit this property for free.