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A Day Out In Black Park Country Park, Buckinghamshire

Forest Segways

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.


Smiles, Blisters and Sunburnt Faces.

Moors Valley Big Banana

As the sun rose on the 10th of July, the Banana began its journey gliding along the waters of Poole Harbor on the back of a Jet ski. Bombing west along the Jurassic coast, with a short detour to narrowly avoid the shells of the live firing range at Kimmeridge, it arrived in Lulworth Cove ready for its 36 hours hike, covering 86 miles along the South West Coastal path, taking in some of the most beautiful coastal scenery this beautiful country has to offer.

After 8 hours of walking, the first team completed their leg with smiles, blisters and dramatically sun burnt red faces. The Banana continued into the night with a new team, fresh faced, fresh socked and freshly fed with trail mix to keep them going strong. They proceeded with a merry sing-along to reach the next waypoint at 1am.

The overnight leg finally got underway, soldiering on through the night. As the sun began to rise, the team reached the first major hurdle of the Banana’s travels – A landslide. A perfectly fine 2-mile detour was available, but in the spirit of Go Ape adventure, the intrepid team decided to take their own coastal path, scrambling high and low over the landslide area, before rock hopping the edge of the Channel. After realizing the error of the decision to go “off-track, they finally made it through Lyme Regis and on to the last team, to take the Banana on the final leg from Seaton to Exmouth. Our “hard-as-nails” Duty Manager Hatti persevered for a second consecutive leg of the journey. With the final hand-over in sight, the duo dragged themselves along and successfully passed over to the team from Haldon. A knackering, challenging team effort, and a fantastic experience had by all, raising both awareness and money for such a good cause- Teenage Cancer Trust. 



A Day out In and Around North Yorkshire; Over 50s

Days out North Yorkshire

If you are young at heart and willing to live life more adventurously, then a day spent at Go Ape will be time well spent. Not only does Go Ape at Dalby Forest give you that sense of adventure, it also gives you great views of the Great Yorkshire Forest and the Vale of Pickering. There are hill-to-hill zipwires, forest segways, high ropes, tunnels and bridges to keep you busy, but make sure you take the time to admire the scenery along the way too. And while you are there it seems a shame not to see what else the area has to offer. Here are a few suggestions for a perfect day out in North Yorkshire.

What to do?

Eden Camp Museum.

Situated within a former Second World War prisoner-of-war camp, don’t expect to find artefacts in glass cases at this museum. The museum itself is a piece of modern history and has retained many of the original huts used to detain prisoners of war between 1942 and 1949. Today, the huts are used to show the social and military history of WWII. There’s also a war news reading room, a collection of military vehicles, a ‘dig for victory’ garden and a garden of remembrance.

Where to go?


Nestled between Pickering and Whitby, the village of Goathland is surrounded by the breathtakingly beautiful scenery of the North York Moors. Arrive in style on the North Yorkshire Moors steam railway and meander through the quaint streets. Pop into olde worlde shops and old-fashioned tea rooms and you will step back in time. Such is the charm and allure of the village that it has also set the scene for TV and film. If you were a fan of ITV’s Heartbeat, you may recognise Goathland as the fictional village of Aidensfield. Or for any Harry Potter fans, Goathland railway station will pass more than a passing resemblance to Hogsmeade station.

Where to eat?

The Horseshoe Inn.

Five miles from Dalby Forest you’ll find The Horseshoe Inn, located in the peaceful village of Levisham. This 19th century inn has earned itself a great reputation with food lovers and prides itself on sourcing local ingredients and produce. Whether it’s breakfast, lunch or dinner you are after, the menu is varied, seasonal and caters for all tastes. Owned and run by brothers, Charles and Toby Wood, you are guaranteed a warm welcome and great service. And two miles down the road is its sister pub, The Fox and Rabbit Inn – a traditional country pub with views across the North York Moors.

And something for a rainy day?

Nunnington Hall.

If the weather is a bit colder and wetter than you’d like, a trip to the stunning Yorkshire manor house of Nunnington Hall will keep you dry and fascinated in equal measures. Explore the period rooms and hear about the building’s history and role as a much-loved family home. There’s a gallery on the top floor that plays host to a number of art exhibitions. And head a little higher to the attic and you’ll discover one of the world’s best collections of miniature rooms. Back on ground level, if you’re armed with waterproofs, you should head out to the idyllic, organic gardens too.


Up, Up and Away!


A short ferry ride across the Exe and the Banana found itself deep in the West Country – home to Go Ape’s most South West of adventure courses. Unfortunately for the Team, Haldon Forest Park is on top of Telegraph Hill, a gruelling Category 3 climb of 800m. Not much, I hear you say? Well, try telling that to a Gorilla that had just walked 80 miles of the South West Coast Path in a 36 hour ‘ through the night’ marathon, preceded by a James Bond-like jetski sortie under heavy gunfire south of Lulworth Cove! Thankfully the guys over at Bike Motion had kindly donated one of their top of the range Electric Haibikes (these things are a blast!) for this leg and before long our gutsy Gorilla had breezed up with energy to spare – which he soon burned up on the incredible Forestry Commision-built  trails there 

After a refreshing soaking with water balloons (in aid of Teenage Cancer Trust of course), our now damp Gorilla was in much need of a blow dry. So, on hearing of a nearby festival dedicated to hot air, this intrepid and nervous ape, still clutching his yellow companion, made a pre-dawn departure for the Tiverton Balloon Festival. With the green light given this incredible spectacle began to unfold…literally! Over 20 colourful balloons slowly inflated in the take off zone and the air was soon filled with the roaring of  hair-drying propane burners. Fearing that we may singe our “Singe” (monkey in French!) we figured the best place to hide him was in one of these wicker baskets… 

Keep your eyes peeled – last seen heading towards Wales…

Many thanks to Tiverton Balloon festival: http://www.tivertonballoonfestival.co.uk andhttp://www.buhabs.org/ Also a very special thank you to the Harris Family for getting this off the ground!

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