It was only a matter of time before the great British weather and gorilla sickness would thwart the banana’s progress. An ascent of Scafell Pike and a spot of rock climbing had to be abandoned and it was left to gorilla Matt to run the 7 miles uphill from Keswick to Whinlatter, having first experienced the thrilling Zip Trekking at Grizedale Go Ape.
But now, with the next leg heading up to Glasgow, things were getting serious – 140 miles, more Northern weather, two bikes and a head wind all the way. After a normal day at the ‘office’ our intrepid trio set off with Sam taking the first stint from Whinlatter to Dalston in heavy rain on tiny country roads. Fortunately, Clair the Navigator was on hand all the way to prevent 140 miles turning into 280. Josh took the second leg having first waxed for money (video footage to prove it!) and it was 9.30pm before the all important carbs-and-beer refueling could take place in a Kirtlebridge hostelry.
The next day dawned bright and sunny which went some way to alleviate the pain of 45 miles of bumpy Scottish roads. So with a sore backside at the end of his leg, quite literally, Sam was more than happy to hand over to Josh again for the route-finding challenge that was the ride through the outskirts of Glasgow. Ok, so there may have been a few extra miles thrown in but hey, it’s for charity.
In a final act of solidarity our duo joined forces to carry the banana to the Teenage Cancer Trust unit in the city, finally relinquishing all responsibility for the fruit to Dan. From here the banana is about to embark on its most grueling adventure yet – higher than the Eiffel Tower… more arduous than Mt Toubkal… yes, even more hairy than a gorilla wedding – WATCH THIS SPACE!
Embrace your Adventurous spirit. Take on the Great Outdoors.
“Sunshine is delicious, rain is refreshing, wind braces us up, snow is exhilarating; there is really no such thing as bad weather, only different kinds of good weather.”
I’m Charlotte, one of the marketing monkeys at Go Ape HQ, and I decided to treat my family to some frolics in the tree tops this Bank Holiday.
Booking an adventure on an August bank holiday you might have expected bright, hot sunshine, but the Great British elements never surprise us English folk. So armed with waterproofs and gear we didn’t mind getting grubby, we set off for a family adventure at Go Ape Black Park.
And rain it did! It tipped down in it’s bucket loads but that didn’t put off the Wisbeys’ – soggy trainers and well-tested waterproofs were the gear of choice. Trust me, it makes finding your footing on the stirrups as they sway with the wind, 40 ft above the forest floor that little bit tougher!
As a family we saw it as exhilarating, unique and a chance for a real adventure. It’s the most fun you can have in your waterproofs!
So why wait for the perfect weather? A bit of rain sure doesn’t dampen the Go Ape spirit.
With the Banana safely delivered from Buxton we wanted to try to undertake as many fun things as we could during its time with us. We wanted to give the Big Banana a traditional summer holiday so where better than a trip to the Las Vegas of the north, Blackpool. We started our day at Blackpool Zoo and had our photos taken with the gorillas and Orang-utans. A number of high fives, photos and scared people later we made our way to Blackpool Model Village. As the giant gorilla rampaged through the town he was eventually apprehended and locked away in the local prison. The gorilla and banana made their way down the world famous Blackpool promenade using various modes of transport including a RNLI lifeguard quad bike, horse and cart and a Blackpool donkey. We also took a ride on the dodgems and had a lark about on the beach. A full day of seagulls, sunshine and sandcastles later the gorilla and banana went home for a well earned sleep.
The following morning it was an early start as the Gorilla and banana hiked up Rivington pike in the early morning mists. Setting off at 6.30am they then returned for a busy weekend of bake sale and raffle ticket selling and had a lot of fun with people on the course. The banana and Gorilla made time for a ride on a Lambretta scooter with their bike loving gang where they chased a giant banana down the road.
On its final day the banana paid a visit to Manchester city centre riding the metrolink and visited the Museum of Science and Industry where they posed with some planes and had a look at ice climbing. They then rode on a tram and paid a visit to Media city in Salford, the home of BBC north, where Coronation Street and Blue Peter are both filmed, bumping into Tree Fu Tom from cbeebies. Whilst there, they rode on a boat along the Manchester ship canal. They also jumped on an old London Bus whilst visiting Manchester United’s Old Trafford football ground. The tired Gorilla then made its way to Grizedale for a grand handover of the big banana relay banana baton.
We’ve swung to a new record after welcoming our four millionth tribe member at Go Ape Aberfoyle last week.
Four million customers have unleashed their inner Ape, swinging through our leafy hangouts on wind-in-your-face zip wires since our first adventure opened at Go Ape Thetford 12 years ago.
Jerome Mayhew, managing director at Go Ape, said: “Welcoming our four millionth customer is a fantastic achievement for Go Ape and for the visitor to swing through the trees in Aberfoyle in the year of the summer of sport in Scotland is incredible. We are always looking at new ways to bring the thrill of adventure to our customers across the UK.”
The four millionth customer, Wendy Miles took to the trees at the Aberfoyle course in Queen Elizabeth Forest Park on Thursday 21 August whilst holidaying in Scotland with her husband Robert Miles and daughters Emily Miles (17) and Katie Miles (14). The Berkshire family was presented with a celebratory certificate from the Go Ape team on descending to the ground, and also received gift vouchers for future admission.
Wendy said: “It was such a surprise to be told we were the four millionth visitor to Go Ape by a gorilla waiting for us at the finish line. It was a fantastic experience which the whole family enjoyed and we are very excited to go back again with our complimentary vouchers in the near future. We would recommend Go Ape to anyone looking for a fun and adventurous family day out.”