Don’t get us wrong, we’re utterly enamoured by the sights, sounds and smells of the forest all year round. Regardless of the weather, season, or time of day, the wonderfully wild woodland always manages to captivate us. Hence why forests are the home to most of Go Ape’s Tree Top Adventure courses!
With each season comes new reasons to fall in love with the forest. So, staying topical, here’s why you should visit one this summer.
To see and smell the rainbow
Of flowers, that is. Forests aren’t just green! The flowers and plants which cover its floor transform it into a multicoloured canvas of pinks, purples, reds, whites, yellow and blues. Says the Woodland Trust, late spring flowering plants like bugle, wild strawberry, herb Robert, pignut, foxglove and lesser stitchwort (most of which sound like something from a J.K. Rowling novel) are joined by the likes of dog rose, enchanter’s nightshade and honeysuckle. See them, smell them, lie amongst them!
To seek shelter
Shady spots are in abundance in the forest, particularly during summer when the canopy is extra thick and bushy. This makes the ideal conditions for a morning trek, or maybe even an afternoon of tearing up the trials on a mountain bike. Oh, and let’s not forget, the canopy also keeps you nice and shaded while you’re busy swinging from tree to tree as you tackle a Tree Top Adventure course with your tribe!
To peer at (and into) a pond or two
Ponds are the ultimate place to spot wildlife, especially during summer. Look out for frogs, newts and tadpoles; pond skaters which skim along the water; and snails and diving beetles, which take regular trips to the surface to catch their breath. Out of the water, you may see dragonflies and damselflies dance in their air; or birds soaring to the water to take their daily bath. One of our favourite spots has to be Cannop Ponds in the Forest of Dean (where you’ll also find one of our leafy hideouts!).
To indulge in a mighty feast
Picnics in the park? Overrated! Pack a feast into a wicker hamper and head to the forest, instead! We’d highly recommend the New Forest; a beautiful national park encompassing woodlands as well as heathlands and coastlines. The best picnic spots are all along Ornamental Drive; try Bolderwood Deer Sanctuary to enjoy your sarnies next to a herd of fallow deer; or Lepe Country Park where you can watch the ships sail to Southampton as you chow down on your crisps.
To explore it in a brand new way
You’ve walked through forests. You’ve ran through forests. You’ve ridden through forests. So, it’s time to explore the forest in a brand new way: by swinging, zipping or rolling through it! Go Ape can be found in some of the Britain’s best-loved forests and parks; in 31 locations in fact, meaning there’s bound to be a site near you.
If you fancy unleashing your inner Tarzan in the canopy, book one of our Tree Top Adventures for you and your tribe. You’ll tackle everything from swings and bridges to tunnels and high ropes, whizzing to the ground after each section via zip wire. Alternatively, you could board a bunch of all-terrain Segways for an hour’s worth of exploration; or head to Grizedale forest for a one-of-a-kind Zip Trekking Adventure (just zip, after zip, after zip).