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Why Cumbria is the Adventure Hub of the UK!

Zip Trekking in Cumbria

Dubbed the ‘adventure hub of the UK,’ the county of Cumbria is a real hot spot (perhaps the hottest spot) for thrill-seekers.

Why does it deserve this title? Well, first up, Cumbria is home to the glorious Lake District and Lake District National Park – both playgrounds for adrenaline junkies. In those areas you’ll find the magnificent Scafell Pike (England’s highest mountain), the awe-inspiring Wastwater (England’s deepest lake), and the wonderful Lake Windermere (England’s longest lake).

TCumbria Zip Trekkinghe district also encompasses the North Pennines (itself an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty), the Furness Peninsula, and part of the Yorkshire Dales. It’s less a case of ‘what can you do?’ in Cumbria; more a case of ‘what can’t you do?!’ You’ll be seriously hard-pressed to find an activity that isn’t on offer in the area.

And before you ask, yes, there is a Go Ape (and it’s the only Go Ape site with four different adventures)! You’ll find us nestled amidst the Douglas Firs in the Lake District’s Grizedale Forest. As well as our award-winning Tree Top Adventure course, you’ll also find our first-ever Zip Trekking Adventure at Grizedale – an adventure well worth checking out.

Anyway, back to Cumbria. There are many interesting facts about the area you might not know about. Here are some of them:

– Seathwaite, a small hamlet in the Lake District, is the wettest place in Britain. It receives approximately 140 inches of rain every year.

– Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates is purported to have bought £1.5 million of slate extracted from the Lake District. Why? To build himself a new swimming pool!

– Every year, people from across the globe make their way to The Bridge Inn in Stanton Bridge to take part in the World’s Biggest Liar Competition. Competitors have just 5 minutes to tell their most extravagant yet convincing lie. The competition is held in honour of Will Ritson (1808-1890), a pub landlord who was renowned for telling porkies.

– William Wordsworth, the famous poet, was born in Wordsworth House in Cockermouth in 1770.

– Many historians claim that the small town of Whitehaven in Cumbria provided the blueprint for the street grid system in New York City during the mid-18th century.

– In Whitehaven, there are more listed buildings per square mile than anywhere else in the UK (a whole 250 of them!).

– The World Gurning Championship is held annually during the Egremont Crab Fair in Cumbria. Fancy watching a group of people pulling their ugliest faces? The next fair takes place on Friday 18th and Saturday 19th of September.

– Water from Thirlmere reservoir, located in the Borough of Allerdale in Cumbria, is transported nearly 100 miles via an aqueduct to Manchester, where it provides water to more than 1 million homes.

– There are more microbreweries in Cumbria than anywhere else in the UK.

– The Herdwick is a breed of sheep native to the Lake District. Although their wool quality is somewhat lower than other breeds, Herdwicks are known for their good health and their ability to survive on the difficult terrain of the Lake District. Author Beatrix Potter used to keep and breed Herdwick sheep.

So there we are – some interesting facts about Cumbria! Do you now feel inspired to visit the area? Perhaps you could visit Grizedale Forest and impart some of your knowledge on one of our tribe? Test them, or impress them! See you soon!

There’s Trekking… And Then There’s Zip Trekking!

Go Ape Zip Trekking Adventure

Imagine this: You’re in the middle of Grizedale Forest surrounded by hundreds (perhaps thousands) of beautiful, towering Douglas Firs. The sun is beating down and there isn’t a cloud in sight. You’re looking out over the lush green valley and all is silent apart from the occasional chirping of birds. Blissful.

The enchanting Grizedale Forest is as vast as it is beautiful and provides the perfect spot for an afternoon trek. The trails will take you deep into the heart of the forest where you’ll come across numerous species of wildlife. You might also spot a few art sculptures along the way, too – there are just over 50 permanent pieces to find.

But, we’re going to make a suggestion.

How about, the next time you visit Grizedale Forest, you explore it in an entirely different way? And by ‘entirely different,’ we mean giving your legs a rest and exploring the forest by air instead!

“How do you do that?” we hear you ask. Well, it’s simple – on our new and (extremely) exciting Zip Trekking Adventure! We’ve practically made human flight possible (well, nearly), enabling you to get a bird’s-eye view of the forest as you fly above the tree tops and through the valleys via seven different zip wires. Sounds pretty fun, huh?

Our Zip Trekking Adventure is all about zip wires.

There are actually no other obstacles involved, unless you count the rope ladders you climb to get up to the platforms. It’s just zip, after zip, after zip, after zip…

We’ve got the largest network of zip wires anywhere in the UK and you’ll cover a total 3km of ground (or shall we say, air?) during your experience. Estimated total flight time is around 2 hours (that’s longer than a flight to the South of France).

So, what’s included in your adventure other than the zip wires? Well, when you arrive at Go Ape you’ll first be given a safety demonstration by a member of the Go Ape tribe, who will teach you how to use all of your zip wire equipment. Next up, you’re going on a hike; a 20 minute hike through the beautiful forest and to the meeting point where one of the Go Ape Land Rovers will be waiting for you.

The car will drive you and your pals along the stunning mountain roads and to the training zip where you can get some practice at making a soft/graceful/painless landing before your real adventure begins. Then, once you’ve built your confidence up, the forest awaits you!

With the Go Ape Zip Trekking Adventure, you really do get the best of both worlds. You get to explore the stunning Grizedale Forest in numerous ways – by foot, by car and by air. And as you make that soft, graceful and painless landing into that pile of woodchip waiting for you at the end of Zip 7, we guarantee you’ll be doing so with an enormous grin across your face.

So, are you ready for a tree-mendous Zip Trekking Adventure? For more details, and to book, head to the Zip Trekking Adventure page on our website.

An Adventure You Really Need To Check Out

Discover Zip Trekking

Hands up who loves the Go Ape zip wires? (*raises hands*)

Zip wires are an entirely different breed of tree-top obstacle. They’re fast. They’re scary. And they’re tree-mendously good fun. Nothing quite beats whizzing through the air on a zip wire: the breeze, the view from way up high, the chance to stretch your arms out wide and embrace nature. And don’t forget that pile of soft woodchip awaiting you at the other end (the woodchip that you’ll also find in your trousers several weeks after visiting Go Ape).

It’s no wonder so many of our Tribe rate our zip wires as their #1 tree-top obstacle. Knowing just how popular they are, we had a something of a brainwave: why don’t we create a totally new forest adventure that is strictly zip-only?

Well, after some planning and preparation back at gorilla GQ, what was once a brainwave soon turned into reality and we’ve done it! Our very first Zip Trekking Adventure is ready and waiting for you at our Grizedale Forest course. Cool, huh?!

So, what’s it all about?

Well, our Zip Trekking Adventure is a series of seven tandem zip lines (the longest series in the UK, we’ll have you know) that take you through and above the glorious Douglas firs of Grizedale Forest. You know those dreams of flying you used to have as a kid? Well, you won’t get much closer than this…

Zip Trekking View

Your journey starts with a 20 minute hill climb which can be quite tough, so make sure you’re wearing suitable shoes (no flip flops or high heels, please!) Once you’ve clambered to the top, you’ll be happy to know that a Land Rover will escort you the rest of the way, through wonderful winding mountain roads and to site 1, the training zip. From there on in, you’re free to zip away with your pals!

Your Zip Trekking adventure will last around 2 hours, which is plenty of time to soak up the glorious sights Mother Nature has provided us with. You’ll be covering around 3km and will need to tackle a couple of steep hills as you make your way between the zip wires. Each individual zip wire showcases a unique and beautiful part of Grizedale forest. It’s enough to make even the birds jealous.

Zip Trekking Adventure

We know you’ll have a great time on your Zip Trekking Adventure, so much so that you may feel a tad emotional when you reach the final zip wire. The last zip wire conveniently transports you back into the customer car park, where it’s just a short walk to the cabin where you can return your harness – and get your Zip Trekking Certificate!

As with all our forest adventures, there are some age, height and weight restrictions. For more details, head to the Zip Trekking Adventure page on our website. See you soon!

A Day Out In And Around The Lake District

Go Ape Zip Trekking Adventure

Pay a visit to Go Ape at Grizedale Forest and you are in for a really special treat. Not only is there an exciting Tree Top Adventure awaiting, you can also take in the view from the highest Go Ape platform, which stands at an impressive 18 metres up a Douglas Fir – that’s nearly 60 feet.

Swinging through the trees and hurtling down zip wires is a great way to bond with friends and gives you a real sense of adventure. What’s more, Go Ape at Grizedale Forest is also home to the zip trekking adventure – a series of seven tandem zip lines letting you glide through the branches. But, there’s plenty more to discover in the Lake District, here are some more ideas to keep you and your tribe occupied.

Where to go?

Explore Grizedale Forest

Whether you want to walk, cycle, ride a horse or hire a Segway to discover the forest, the choice is yours. Grizedale has nine marked walking trails which vary in length and difficulty. Whatever your mode of transport, this is your chance to explore hidden tarns, secret valleys and the highest point in the forest. You should also keep an eye out for 50 pieces of forest sculpture that have been concealed around the forest. Some are of animals, others play music and there are a few that are just plain bizarre. Spotting all 50 will be time well spent!

What to do?

Boating on the Lakes

Is there a better way to spend a lazy afternoon than messing about on the river – or in this case one of the area’s world-famous lakes? Not just for Toad, Ratty and Mole, there are a number of boating options on nearby Windermere and Coniston Lakes where you are able to hire boats and kayaks. If you want a less energetic alternative there are also opportunities to take scenic boat trips. Coniston Lake even has a Steam Yacht Gondola so you can really travel in style.

Where to eat?

The Kings Arms Hotel, Hawkshead

Just down the road from Go Ape at Grizedale Forest you will find The Kings Arms Hotel, a traditional Lakeland inn. Dating back to Elizabethan times, the inn offers visitors good food, real ales, and even a bed for the night. Whether you are after lunch, dinner or a packed lunch to take away with you for the day (if you are a resident) they are happy to help. The lunch menu includes light snacks and bar meals, while dinner includes everything from potted shrimps and Lakeland tapas to local steak and ale pie.

And something for a rainy day?

Lakeside and Haverthwaite Railway

One of the great things about a day out at Go Ape is that a bit of rain will never spoil your fun. And as the saying goes, ‘there’s no such thing as bad weather, just inadequate clothing.’ So pack your waterproofs and get stuck in. If, however, you want to find somewhere you can dry off later in the day, a ride on one of Lakeside and Haverthwaite Railway’s steam and diesel locomotives is perfect. You can take in the sights along this 3.2 miles of heritage track, which was first opened in 1869.

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