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What to do when it’s windy!

Go Ape Zip Trekking Adventure

The UK has certainly had its fair share of windy weather this winter.

Some days the breeze is so gentle it barely tickles the back of your neck, while other days the blizzardy gales have us holding on to our hats and scarfs as soon as we step out the house!

When it comes to wind, though, we’re big fans (pun intended). Wind is responsible for some pretty awesome stuff – for instance, just this week passers-by caught footage of wind making a waterfall fall backwards on the island of Mull in Scotland!

Sure, the wind might give us some whacky hairdos, and it can be quite annoying chasing the recycling bin as it cartwheels down the road. But there are also plenty of pros: the wind dries our laundry, keeps us cool, supplies us with pollution-free energy and enables us to enjoy sports such as windsurfing!

So, the next time you peer out the window and notice the trees vigorously swaying back and forth, instead of closing the curtains and hibernating why not wrap-up warm, head outdoors and embrace the wind?! Here are some fun ideas of things you can do with your family:

Cloud gaze

If it’s windy, chances are the sky will be dotted with white, fluffy clouds shape-shifting across the sky. Lie down and look up – can you or your kids spot any shapes?!

Fly a kite

“Let’s go fly a kite, up to the highest height…” Kites were made for windy days (literally), so head to a local park with your little ones where you can start perfecting those flying skills! Instead of buying a kite, why not try making one of your own? It’s simple (not to mention more fun) – take a look at this wikiHow guide.

Make a windmill

Twirly-whirly windmills make a great addition to any back garden and they can be appreciated from inside the house, too! Your kids are bound to love making their own – check out this video for some inspiration.

Make wind chimes

Continuing the DIY theme, if you’ve got any spare jar lids, metal cans and/or beads lying about, why not use them to make a pretty wind chime? In fact, you can make a wind chime from almost anything, so long as it makes a noise when the wind blows! Your little ones might enjoy scavenging for materials – take a look at these awesome designs.

Go sailing

Not fortunate enough to own your own sailing boat? Fear not – you and your littles ones can build some model-sized boats instead! Experiment with different designs (such as these), bearing in mind that some of them might not float when you place them in the pond. (You might want to check if the boats sink or float in the bathtub first!).

Try a windsport!

Feeling adventurous? If the answer’s ‘yes,’ why not treat your kids to a day out trying a windsport? There are plenty of wind-powered activities to choose from, whether it’s windsurfing, kite buggying, or more extreme sports Zip Trekking Adventurelike hang-gliding and paragliding (age restrictions may apply).

When it’s not windy…

For that ultimate wind-in-your-face feeling, head to Go Ape in Grizedale where you’ll find out Zip Trekking Adventure. With a total 7 zip lines traversing the beautiful forest, you’ll be in the air for around two hours! To be able to fly, you must be over 13 years old, at least 1.4m tall and weigh 7 stone or more.

Our Zip-tastic Zip Wires!

Dare Adventure

“Say I’m a bird! Say it! Say it now!”

“You’re a bird.”

“Now say you’re a bird too.”

“If you’re a bird, I’m a bird.”

– Nicholas Sparks, The Notebook

Imagine being a bird for the day (minus the eating worms part). Soaring, carefree, through the sky, over cities, seas and lush, green countryside. Swooping through valleys and taking time out at the tip of tree-tops.

Well, thanks to Go Ape, you no longer need to imagine! Our zip lines have (sort of) made human flight possible, enabling you to soar through the sky with your arms (or shall we say, wings?) spread wide! And if you want to yell, “I’m a bird!” well, that’s completely up to you!

The wind-in-your-face feeling you get when you step (or jump, or leap) off the zip platform is truly unbeatable (you’ll know what we mean if you’ve zipped with Go Ape before). You’ll fly through the trees and above them, through valleys and across glistening lakes set deep within the forest. Then you’ll come to land on top of a squidgy mound of woodchip!Zip Trekking View

If you’ve never been to Go Ape, we dare you to come and give it a go – you definitely won’t regret it. Even if you feel a little anxious about heights, our obstacle courses are a great way to conquer your fear. Besides, when you’re on a zip wire you’ve got to remember that you’re getting closer to the ground with each passing second!

If you’ve visited us before, then we dare you to return to the forest and do Go Ape like a pro! Maybe the last time you held on for dear life when zipping; this time, let go and embrace it! Or, last time you might have failed to land on your feet at the end of the zips; this time, challenge yourself to see how many times you can land vertically!

You’ll find zip lines at all of our Go Ape courses. They’re all awesome (if we do say so ourselves), but here’s a pick of some of our greatest zips:


Set in the heart of the glorious Loch Lomond, Go Ape Aberfoyle is home to two of Britain’s longest zip wires, each stretching over 400m. On one of the zips, you’ll fly over a 90 foot waterfall – cool, huh?


In Glentress Forest in Peebles you’ll find our highest zip wire! You’ll fly over beautiful reservoirs in the valley – the views are truly awesome.

Haldon Forest Park

A stone’s throw from the city of Exeter, Go Ape at Haldon Forest Park boasts two 235m zip wires, flying you from hilltop to hilltop with stunning views of Dartmoor National Park.

Grizedale Forest

Seven zip lines, one after the other, covering a whopping 3km of forest! If you’re looking for the ultimate zip experience, then it’s got to be our Zip Trekking Adventure in Cumbria’s Grizedale Forest.

‘Ride the Wind’ Day

Go Ape Zip Line

Before you ask, no, we haven’t just made it up.

Ride the Wind Day is an actual, internationally-celebrated day, and it’s taking place this Sunday (23rd of August).

Summer’s nearly over (already?!) and cool, crisp autumn air is just around the corner. Ride the Wind Day is an opportunity to get out into the great outdoors and make the most of the last few, warm, sun-filled days. Catch our drift?

If you’re wondering how Ride the Wind Day came about, it was set up to commemorate the anniversary of the first-ever human-powered flight to win the Kremer Prize (a series of awards given to pioneers of human-powered flight).

Gossamers - Ride The WindOn the 23rd of August 1977, Paul MacCready’s Gossamer Condor flew into the record books when it became the first human-powered aircraft to complete a mile-long, figure-eight course, designed by the Royal Aeronautical Society. Piloting the Gossamer Condor was Bryan Allen; the course took him seven minutes and 27 seconds to complete, and he reached a top speed of 11mph. “It was just a big model aeroplane,” said MacCready of his aircraft.

And there we have it – that’s why we have a day dedicated to celebrating the wind! Mind you, we do have a lot to thank wind for. The beautiful breeze keeps us cool, dries our laundry, allows us to get involved with sports such as windsurfing, and it provides us with pollution-free energy.

So, how do you plan to celebrate Ride the Wind Day? You could take a leisurely afternoon stroll and feel the breeze in your hair, or have a picnic and watch the birds soar through the sky. You could take the kids to the local park to fly a kite, sail a boat, or try your luck at hang gliding or kitesurfing.

Or…you could go zip trekking! Why watch the birds when you can be the birds? It’s an experience like no other, swooping through valleys and soaring above tree-tops via zip line. Actually, make that seven different zip lines…

You could say we’ve made human flight possible (basically…). Our Zip Trekking Adventure, which you can find at Grizedale Forest, is the perfect activity to celebrate Ride the Wind Day. Why? Well, because you’re actually riding the wind! After a quick safety briefing from one of our tribe, you’ll be free to fly! You’ll cover a whopping 3km and will be in the sky for around two hours.

Zip Trekking Adventure

Our Zip Trekking Adventure may be zip, after zip, after zip…but that’s not all that’s included in your adventure. There’s also a 20 minute hike through the beautiful Grizedale Forest (the perfect opportunity to feel the breeze in your hair), as well as a fun ride in one of our Land Rovers up stunning, winding mountain roads, to the top where zip 1 awaits you.

So, this Sunday, do something totally unique and celebrate Ride the Wind Day with us at Go Ape! (P.S. we highly recommend booking early to avoid disappointment!).

Little-known tips and tricks for the ultimate zip trek

Zip Trekking Adventure

If you’ve been keeping up-to-date with everything Go Ape, you’ll know that last year we opened our first-ever Zip Trekking Adventure in Grizedale Forest.

If you fancy getting a bird’s eye view of the forest, soaring above trees and swooping through lush green valleys, this is the adventure for you. No other obstacles, just zip, after zip, after zip, after zip, after zip (there are 7 in total, covering a whopping 3km).

So, fancy a go? Of course you do. But, before venturing off to Grizedale and embarking on your sky-high adventure, check out these little-known tips and tricks for the ultimate zip trek:

One step for man…

…one giant LEAP for Go Ape-rs! Hands down the best way to kick-off your Zip Trekking Adventure is by stepping off the first platform. And while you’re at it, why not impress your mates by unleashing your biggest and best Tarzan holler!?

Having a ball

Instead of leaving your legs to dangle aimlessly, try tucking them up into your chest and forming a ball shape. You’re bound to pick up some speed doing this – just be sure to let go as you approach the end.

Open your eyes!

Don’t scrunch those eyes shut in fear – open them and appreciate your spectacular surroundings! As you soar through the sky the landscape beneath you will be constantly shifting; one second you’ll be descending down a valley, the next you’ll find yourself traversing the forest’s towering Douglas Firs. Oh, and there’s also another reason we recommend keeping your eyes open…

Brace for (barky) impact!

Now, don’t go enjoying yourself so much that you forget to brace for impact! As that big mound of cushiony woodchip comes up to greet you, start the running motion with your legs. Hopefully, this’ll mean you land on two feet, but there’s bound to be a couple of times you don’t. In fact, by the time the adventure is finished, most people find that they have amassed a significant amount of woodchip – in their hair, tucked in their socks, in their pockets and down their pants. You might want to have a serious shakedown before returning to your car.


Recording a video of your adventure is a great way for you to re-live your experience and show off to your mates! We allow cameras in the tree-tops so long as they’re attached to your person. And speaking from experience, GoPro cams are the best way to capture your adventure – they can be mounted onto your helmet, leaving you hands-free so you can throw your arms into the air as you zip!

Been there, done that? If you’ve already been on a Zip Trekking Adventure and consider yourself a pro, why not share your own tips and tricks with us? If you’ve got some videos or snaps, you can share those with us too via our Facebook page.

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