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You have your badges but do you have your certificate?!

High Ropes for Kids
Are you one of almost half a million youngsters in the UK who’€™s a member of the Scout Association?

We’€™re huge fans of the SA, because it ties in nicely with what we do,€“ and what we believe in€“ here at Go Ape. Its aim is to provide €œfun, adventure and skills for life and give young people the opportunity to enjoy new adventures, experience outdoors and take part in a range of creative, community and international activities, interact with others, make new friends, gain confidence and have the opportunity to reach their full potential.€ Hear, hear!

The SA has a huge, positive impact on the lives of kids. In fact, a study from Edinburgh and Glasgow university researchers last year found that people who were in scouts or guides in childhood have better mental health in later life.

Among the 10,000 people studied, ex-members were 15% less likely to suffer anxiety or mood disorders at the age of 50. That’€™s the great outdoors and adventure working their magic!

Building those badges

Now we’€™re sure you have an impressive collection of badges, ranging from core badges to those you earn through certain activities. Perhaps you earned your Astronomer Activity Badge after making a model of the solar system; or maybe you planned, served and cleared away a two-course meal for at least two people, leading you to receive a Chef Activity Badge!

As you know, there are loads of badges to collect and impress your friends with, and that’€™s what makes scouting so exciting. It encourages you to keep on looking for adventures to embark on and activities to complete. It encourages you to live life adventurously, which as you know, is what we’€™re all about!

Get your certificate

So, your badge collection is pretty impressive and it’€™s growing all the time, but do you have a certificate? More specifically, a Go Ape certificate!?

Monkey around in the treetops at Go Ape and you’ll be awarded a special certificate with your name written across the front of it! It’™ll be something you can cherish forever and ever; a memento of your time spent with us!

Pin it to a noticeboard, stick it to your fridge, place it on your mantelpiece,“ that certificate is proof that you are full of adventurous spirit and that you conquered a sky-high obstacle course at Go Ape!

As you whoosh down that final zip wire and head back to the hut, your Go Ape certificate will be ready and waiting for you. Make sure you put it somewhere extra safe on the journey home so that it doesn’t crease and crinkle!

Reach new heights!

Reach New Heights At Go Ape

Go Ape Tarzan SwingIt’s been a long time coming but our forest doors are finally open for (monkey) business – hurrah!

Our aim here at Go Ape is to inspire others to live life more adventurously; to open people’s eyes to the fun that can be had when they step outside their comfort zones – to encourage people to be bold and brave in order to discover their true potential!

So, are you ready to reach new heights?!

If you come hang with us at Go Ape, that’s exactly what you’ll be doing. If you’re a newbie, there’s a good chance your jaw will drop when you first lay eyes upon one of our obstacle courses. Believe us when we say that it feels much higher when you’re up there!

But, fear not. Tree-top trembles in the form of wobbly legs and shaky palms are completely normal. Hauling yourself up the (seemingly endless) initial rope ladder is always the scariest part, and so is crossing the first obstacle with the ground far, far beneath you (around 35 feet below you, in fact).

In no time at all you’ll start getting into the swing of things (quite literally).

Those trembles will start easing off and the whole height thing won’t both you anymore. Your inner Tarzan will be unleashed and you won’t want to come down!

If you’ve already Go Ape-d and want to be taken to even greater heights, why not check out the Tree Top Adventure in London’s Trent Park, which reaches a towering 16 metres at its highest point? Or you could head to Whinlatter Forest in Keswick, which is home to the highest Go Ape in the country!

If you really want to reach new heights, then you’ve got to take a trip to Grizedale Forest.

Zip Trekking AdventureNot only does it boast our highest zip platform (zip 5 starts 18 metres above ground, maximising air time), but it’s also where you’ll find our one and only Zip Trekking Adventure!

Tackling tree-top obstacles is one thing; soaring above the dramatic Douglas Firs of Grizedale Forest, with stunning views of the valley, is another! Instead of hanging out in the tree-tops, you’ll be flying over them via a tandem of seven zip wires! Sound fun? Of course it does!

If you go on a Zip Trekking Adventure, you’ll cover around 3km of ground and will be in the air for around 2 hours in total – that’s plenty of time to master the art of human flight!

As well as enjoying zip, after zip, after zip, a Zip Trekking Adventure includes a 20 minute hike through one of the UK’s most dramatic forests, plus a ride in one of the Go Ape Land Rovers, up winding mountain roads to the first zip line.

So, what are you waiting for? Book your zip-tastic Go Ape Adventure today!

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.

Q&A with Grizedale Site Manager: Paul Brady

Go Ape Zip Trekking Adventure

Is it a bird? Is a plane? Nope – it’s just Grizedale Site Manager, Paul Brady, swinging through the trees!

Paul joined the Go Ape tribe back in March 2007, starting as an instructor and making his way up the (rope) ladder to become Construction Team Member, Deputy Manager and now Site Manager; a position he’s held for the past 7 years.

We recently caught up with Paul – and were rather surprised to learn that he once had a huge fear of heights…

What made you join the Go Ape family?

After leaving school I worked as a Chef for almost fifteen years – I started to grow disillusioned with my career choice and wanted a new challenge. My housemate at the time was the Manager for Grizedale and he convinced me to give instructing a go, even though he knew perfectly well I was scared of heights! I initially managed the Rivington site, before moving back up to Grizedale where it all began in April 2014.

Did you experience Go Ape for yourself before taking the job?

Yes – I completed Go Ape once before I joined. Well, when I say ‘completed,’ I missed out on the Tarzan swing due to sheer fear! I loved the experience in a weird kind of way, despite being nervous all the way round. I felt a great sense of achievement when I finally got my feet back on solid ground.

What do you like about working for Go Ape?

The two main things I enjoy are the people I work with and the customers who visit us. Each day is different and the job is never dull! Our instructors are what make Go Ape so great and their enthusiasm and enjoyment of their jobs is great to be a part of. Our customers come to us for a great time and an exhilarating experience, which means they are here to enjoy themselves and are up for fun – that’s what makes our jobs so enjoyable!

What makes your site unique?

Grizedale is the first site to offer 4 full activities, with our Zip Trekking Adventure coming on board in July last year. With over 3km of zip lines zip-zagging their way through the forest, we’re proud to be the first site in the Go Ape family to offer this unique experience. Grizedale is also home to the highest platform and obstacle in Go Ape – at over 18m our site 5 zip platform really tests your nerves!

Finally, tell us a story that’ll put a smile on our faces…

When I was managing the Rivington site, we had a film company visit us to film an episode of Don’t Tell The Bride. One of my female instructors stepped forward to be filmed as part of the programme, and she was really excited. When the day came, she arrived to work looking immaculate – uniform ironed, hair and make-up done, the works.

The day went really well, apart from the grotty weather, and we all waited eagerly for the episode to be aired and when the day came, we all watched with baited breath. The bride was filmed flying through the air on the zip line and swinging through the trees on our Tarzan swing and it all looked great. But, the only slight hiccup was that with all the editing of the film the only actual footage of my instructor was of her bright pink spotty wellies walking away through the mud! Some people said that was the best bit!

Fancy taking on the highest Go Ape platform? Or the UK’s best Zip Trekking Adventure? Book a trip to Go Ape at Grizedale Forest.

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