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Wrap Up And Love The Elements!

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Ladies and gentlemen, boys and girls, our forest doors are officially open!

Go Ape Instructors Are WaterproofSo, when are you planning to come and hang in the trees with us? There’s no doubt some of you will be peering out of your windows, staring at the somewhat grey, wet and windy outdoors and thinking, “I’ll wait until spring.” But, so long as you’re well-prepared, Go Ape is the ultimate wet-weather activity – why wait that long when you can visit us today?!

Of course, it’s not just Go Ape’s tree-top obstacles courses that can be enjoyed in this weather. So long as you’re kitted-out with the right gear, you can enjoy all sorts of outdoor activities. Plus, throw some rain, mud and sludge into the mix, and most of those activities become a heck of a lot more fun!

Here’s a little list of winter weather essentials:

Waterproofs

If there’s a chance it might rain, always pack your waterproofs. In fact, even if the weatherman doesn’t predict rain, pack them anyway, as you can never be too sure in this country. A little rain never hurt anyone, but it’s not so fun when you’re soaked through and can’t stop shivering. A waterproof jacket and trousers will help to keep you warm and dry; opt for breathable material, though, because you don’t want to ‘boil in the bag.’

Thermals

If temperatures are near or below freezing, then it’s important to layer up. Long-sleeved thermal tops or a dashing pair of Long Johns will help to keep the heat in when you’re outdoors.Go Ape Instructors Singing In The Rain

Suitable footwear

Leave those ballet shoes and canvas plimsolls in the wardrobe where they belong! If rain starts seeping through your shoes and socks, it’s only a matter of time ’till your toes turn to ice cubes. Whether you’re biking, hiking, running or Go Ape-ing, you need shoes that are warm, sturdy and waterproof. If you’re planning on doing a lot of walking, you might want to invest in specialist hiking boots. Otherwise, a pair of standard waterproof boots or trainers will do the trick.

Woolly warmers

Your extremities need protecting from the cold, so make sure you’ve got a decent pair of thick gloves – there’s no fun in trying to shift gears on your bike when you can’t feel your fingers. Most of our body heat escapes through our head, so make sure you’ve got a nice woolly hat and scarf to match.

A towel and change of clothes

If you’ve spent a couple of hours battling the elements, there’s no doubt you’ll return wet and muddy, so make sure you pack a towel and change of clothing. You might even want to pack a flask of warming hot-choccy and a much-deserved biscuit or two for afterwards.

Our tree-top obstacle courses can be enjoyed come rain, wind, sleet or snow! (minus thunder and lightning). If you’re considering booking-up an afternoon session in the trees, make sure you check out the weather forecast on the day and dress/pack accordingly (no rocking-up in flip flops and summer dresses, please). Book your next adventure with Go Ape online here.

5 Awesome Adventure Bloggers!

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Food, cars, travel, fashion…you name it, you can blog about it. But, for us Go Ape folk, nothing beats getting stuck into a good ol’ adventure blog. After all, adventure is our specialty…

From trekking the Himalayas to cycling Europe on a tandem, we love reading all about other people’s adventures. Aside from giving us itchy feet and turning us green with envy (thanks very much for sharing those pictures of you soaking up the sun in Oz), we find adventure blogs incredibly inspirational.

Read them, enjoy them, be inspired by them; heck, after reading them, you may even want to start an adventure of your own and blog about it! Here are five of our favourite adventure bloggers:

Adventurous Kate

It’s not a question of where Kate has been, but rather a question of where she hasn’t been. Kate packed in her job at the age of 26 and has since travelled to over 50 countries – solo. In her blog, you can read all about each destination and, in Kate’s words, learn how to travel “easily, safely and adventurously.”

We especially liked her post on zip-lining through the forest in Costa Rica.Expert Vagabond - How to seduce an ostrich

Expert Vagabond

Keen traveller and photographer Matt has been traveling the world for over 4 years. He’s super hot on adventure travel, defining it as “breaking out of your comfort zone, immersing yourself in different cultures and trying new things” (a man after our own hearts, we think). He has blogged about pretty much everything, from camping on erupting volcanoes and cage diving with great whites, to advice on ‘how to seduce an ostrich‘ (yep, that’s a real blog post…)

Hiking The Trail

Hiking The Trail is a blog about backpacking, hiking and camping. Written by Adam, it contains lots of helpful hiking gear reviews and survival tips. Although it’s an American blog, you can find several reviews of English hiking trails on there, too.

Mapping Megan

Megan and Mike are self-confessed adrenaline junkies that have been on the road since 2007. They’ve hiked the Inca Trail, biked in Bolivia and white-water rafted in Iceland…and they’ve written all about their experiences for you to read. Check out their post on 8 Amazing Trips from London, featuring our awesome Forest of Dean and Leeds Castle Tree Top Adventures. According the duo, “life begins outside of your comfort zone.” Hear, hear!

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XpatMatt

Matt confesses that he loves “attempting ridiculous adventures in far-flung places with a total lack of planning and common sense.” Sounds fun. His blog is perfect for people needing a crash-course on travelling and adventure. He offers advice on everything from finding cheap traveling gear to learning how to scuba dive.

Are you ready to start living life adventurously? Start today by booking a trip to Go Ape! From high ropes and stirrups to Tarzan swings to zip wires, our tree-top courses are jam-packed with outdoor adventure activities!

Do you #LoveAdventure? Your favourite trip could win you a three night cabin break with Forest Holidays! Simply tell us, in 50 characters or fewer, why you love adventure. Enter here, but be quick, the competition ends on 22nd February.

Spend Little, Live Large

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You say “I can’t afford to live life adventurously,” we say “rubbish!”

You don’t have to be a millionaire to be adventurous. Sure, if you’ve got dreams of travelling the globe for a year, then you’ll certainly need to save up some money. But, adventures needn’t be year-long or expensive: anyone can live life adventurously, whatever their budget.

We read an interesting article the other day that summed-up adventures perfectly as “something enjoyable, unique and a departure from your routine.” You don’t need to travel halfway across the world to ‘depart from your routine.’ The best adventures can be had a little closer to home, and for little or no cost.

Living adventurously is living spontaneously. Being adventurous means embracing randomness, breaking from your routine and doing things you wouldn’t normally do. Adventures aren’t just adrenaline-fuelled activities like bungee jumping, white-water rafting and skydiving. Adventures can be as small as taking up a new hobby, trying to cook a new dish for your loved ones, or visiting somewhere new. Here are some ways you can start having more mini-adventures…today!

Make a list

Grab a pen and some paper and start writing down all the things you want to try; whether you want to visit a distant relative, learn a new language or climb a mountain (or all three). Then, one by one, make them happen!

You can add to your list whenever you think of a new thing you want to try; it will become your go-to guide for all things adventure.

Step out of your comfort zone

We like staying within our comfort zone because, well, it’s very commutable there. But, your comfort zone prevents you from trying new things. By never stepping out of it, you’ll find it extremely difficult to live an adventurous lifestyle.

Tear down your comfort zone and, in the wise words of Baz Luhrmann, “do one thing every day that scares you.”

Sign-up

Joining a club or organisation is a great way to try something new. If you’ve always wanted to play netball, see if there’s a local club you can join. Or, if you’ve always been interested in arts and crafts, how about having a go at making your own pottery?

It doesn’t matter what you are interested in, there will always be a club out there that you can join. They are a great way to experience new things, and you’re likely to make some good friends there, too.

Be a ‘yes’ personGo Ape - Mini Adventures

Are you constantly turning down offers and invites from friends and family? Well, stop! You need to change from a ‘no, thanks’ person to a ‘yes, please’ person – doing this will open the door to endless new opportunities and experiences.

Act NOW!

So, you’ve got your list, you’ve done a little research; when do you start? Now! Organising your next adventure will only take a few minutes, so act now!

Is a Go Ape Tree Top Adventure on your list? If it’s not, then it should be! Our forest doors open on the 14th of February, so book your next adventure with us today.

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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