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Fun outdoor winter activities

Winter at Go Ape
There’s no doubt about it: winter is the most magical season of them all. Not just because it’s the season of all-things-festive, but because the winter weather transforms the great outdoors into something resembling a scene from Narnia.

While it can be tempting to stay snuggled indoors when it’s bitter outside, we think that would be a real waste of winter! We’re bigger fans of wrapping up warm, filling our flasks with a hot beverage, getting out there and embracing it! Are you with us? Great. Here are five, fun outdoor activities we think you should get involved with this winter:

Canyoning – Brecon Beacons

Heard of canyoning? It essentially involves travelling down river canyons by abseiling, jumping, scrambling, floating and swimming (the list goes on). It sounds pretty hardcore but it’s actually relatively easy, and as a plus, it’s all downhill! Wales’ Brecon Beacons are a top spot for canyoning, with numerous tour operators to chose from.

Horse riding – Scottish highlands

The Scottish Highlands are famed for their horseback riding tours, and if you ask us, there’s no better time to enjoy a leisurely hack on this rugged terrain than during winter. Book an early morning or mid-afternoon slot and ride with the sun rising or setting beside you – and prepare to be swept away by those awe-inspiring views!

Mountain biking – BikePark Wales

Wales gets another mention on our list as it’s the perfect place to tear up some trials on a mountain bike! BikePark Wales is built by riders, for riders, and is the first full-scale bike park in the heart of the South Wales valleys. There are routes for all ages and abilities, and if you aren’t a fan of climbs, you can always book yourself on the uplift. Slipping and sliding on those rocks and routes can be kept to a minimum by making sure those tyres are pumped to the right pressure!

Coastal walking – Marazion to Porthleven

The Marizon to Porthleven coastal route is arguably one of Cornwall’s best walks. Located in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, it offers fantastic views of Mount Bay and the enchanting castle on St Michael’s Mount. It’s a relatively easy trek but does involve a few climbs; it’s also ten miles long, so be sure to wear some sturdy walking boots! Once you’ve passed through gorgeous, sandy beaches, you’ll end up in the quaint fishing village of Porthleven, which itself has received status of being a Site of Special Scientific Interest.

Go Ape – 31 locations across the UK

Come swing with us before we go into hibernation! The canopy will protect you from the elements as you make your way from platform to platform, overcoming any obstacle in your path. You’ll wobble across bridges, crawl through tunnels, clamber up nets and whoosh through the air on zip wires! Go Ape is a wonderful, wintertime activity and with 31 locations across the UK, there’s bound to be a course near you!

Catch you in the treetops soon!

Cairn of Peebles Takes On The UCI World Cup Rd 1, Lourdes!

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Cairn of Peebles took advantage of Go Ape adventure this year back in April when she took on the UCI World Cup Rd 1 Lourdes.

Here is her adventure in her own words …

“Setting off…

The 24th of April had arrived it was time to head down to Bristol for my flight to Toulouse the next day, I drove down with my Dad and all my kit, we made it down to Bristol in around 7 hours, super hungry and no idea where we’d be staying we met up with one of my fellow downhill riders and she took us to a fab Chinese restaurant for a quick bite to eat. We then headed back to her street where we were parking the van for the week and where we’d be staying the night. Tuesday morning came and it was time to go to the

airport, the taxi arrived we got the kit in and off we went! We arrived at the airport in good time, got my bags and bike checked in and off they went, was time for us to relax and get some food. GATE 20 TOULOUSE, it was us we were boarding the plane, we got settled on the plane and off we went onto France! We landed safely in France, i got all my kit back with me and onto Lourdes. So the next part was by far the scariest, Dad had never driven on the right side of the road how were we going to survive… an hour and a half later we safely made it into Lourdes, We got checked into the hotel and now time to relax before the weekend!

Track walk…

It was Thursday the 27th, it was time to head along to the venue to sign on and walk the track! We walked through the pits seeing all the pro pits and riders and one very special new 29er Santa Cruz v10, this bike had just been released and i got to see it in the flesh what a bike it was! So onto sign on, pink number board with a 33 on was what would be my bike for the weekend! 12 o’clock came and it was time to head up to walk the track, i had no idea what to expect i had heard so many different things, i was super nervous as what it would look like as i was walking down taking photos of tricky bits it was then i saw a crowd of people looking at the famous ‘WALL’, I looked down thinking oh no to my relief that i knew i’d be fine and it was very similar to something i had raced in 2016 at a SDA! After walking the track i had one doubts about the two massive road gaps the rest i felt pretty confident about and couldn’t wait to ride my bike!

Practice…

SNOW! Woke up on first morning of practice to yes snow on the mountains. I was at the top of the hill super nervous, goggles on and time to go… I got to the wall eased off the brakes and went for it ‘yes’ i made it down. My first practice run couldn’t have gone any better. As i did more runs i kept trying to hit my lines and increase speed this was all going great! Practice on Saturday morning came the track had dried out so much so this meant that it was running sweet! Got all my lines and felt confident for qualifying! Was time to get that GB jersey one!

Qualifying…

Onto the carriage we went was time to head up for qualifying, this time Dad was allowed to come. Got to the top and was time to warm up, at first i watched the last of the elite men finishing practice and chilled out. I then began my warm up… Stretched off and it was time to get in the que, at this point i was getting super nervous and then i reminded myself i’m just riding my bike, 5 4 3 2 1 BEEEP, that was it i was i had started go to the first rock garden the fastest i even had even though i hit my rim pretty bad, PEDAL PEDAL! I sent the jumps, now i was at the wall what a relief i made it down safe round the corner and PEDAL, Oh no what’s that??? A Puncture 🙁 hitting my rim in the first rock garden caused me to ding my rim badly and all the air come out my tyre along with the sealant, i knew then there was nothing i could do to be in with a chance of qualifying. Made it to the bottom in one piece to be greeted by my Dad, i was gutted not to qualify but also very happy to have be able to ride down that track and feel confident about it! So that was that my weekend of racing was done, time to chill and watch the racing on Sunday!

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Home Time…

Bike was all packed and off to Toulouse airport we went… Time to fly home, the plane was 50% downhill riders which was cool to see, we set of up we went and back to Britain we go. We landed collect my bags and off to the taxi to take us back to the van… We set off home, ‘OH NO’ the brakes in the van weren’t working, we had to wait 2 hours for the AA to come look at the van, Dad had checked already and knew what was up a leaky piston so we waited another hour for the tow truck to come, we received a call to say we would get a hire car to drive back home, back to the airport we went to collect the car then we set off home finally. Time to stop for food we were tired and hungry so we stopped for coffee and food before the trip home. I was woken up by a knock on the window and a policeman, routine checks done then on we go again. 4 o’clock came and we had finally arrived home after 22 hours of travelling it was time to go to sleep! Apart from our disaster on the way home the trip was amazing and i had a great time! Was awesome to get to ride my bike abroad and cannot wait to race at Fort William World Cup in a few weeks time!”

Jonny of Bedgebury mountain bikes Les Arcs!

Les Arcs Blog
As part of Go Apes adventure fund we assisted Johnny of Bedgebury Go Ape in mountain biking Les Arcs, he has wrote a few words and gathered lots of photos of his trip for us:

“On 8th July 2017 Go Ape kindly paid for my flights to go Mountain Biking in the Les Arc in the French Alps.

We stayed in fully catered mountain bike/ski chalet for one week and had the most incredible time.

The views alone, every day, were outstanding. With only a few big crashes we managed to cover the whole resort as well as going across the valley to the sister resort of La Plagne for a day.

Averaging around 70km downhill riding a day we clearly exhausted and there was nothing better than returning to the chalet (via the pub) to a three course meal and chalet wine!”

Nets Kingdom Through The Eyes Of Scarlett, Aged 7

Scarlett Nets Kingdom

The launch of our new adventure Nets Kingdom saw Scarlett, aged 7, join us to try out our latest venture

Below is an account of her adventure in her own words and by the sounds of it she had a great time …

“When I first saw it

I felt scared and not confident as I am scared of high places and I am only seven years old. The very first net was just a bit tricky and bouncy I was so scared at first but then I tried a big bouncy slope entrance which led to a big bouncy bit and then some nets to go to a treehouse. I had a bit more grip and strength on it. My mum went on for one and a half hours then I joined her. She got off and I stayed on because I was brave and I wanted to explore.

Fun stuff

It felt epic awesome and good after getting going. I liked the tree houses the best! The walk way nets were very slanted at the end. The wind was blowing very strong. Also, the treehouse had nothing in it and its very beautiful, it needs stuff to put in it like rugs or carpets, a mini table a lamp or a stash of toys to make it cosy if its windy. When I went in the big bit there was no people on it so I got it to myself. I went down the slide very fast I got filmed going down the slide. I thought the nets were epic and I also think that children of all different ages could go on. You need this information for if you go on, you can be 1 and up, you can go on even if you’re elderly.

 

 

How long I stayed on for

I stayed on for four hours. My brother Jack stayed on longer because I was scared at the beginning. My Mum was on with my brother. I guess that you’re wondering who I stayed with. I stayed with a lady called…Linda she got me a Fanta and a rocky road with marshmallows on top. I had a great time! I would like to stay on for hours!”

Well there you have it, Scarlett approves and so do we …
If you fancy having a bounce around our expansive network of tree top trampolines you can you can find out more here!
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