Alex is Raring2go! at all 31 GoApe Locations!
Aberfoyle Crathes Peebles
Alice Holt Bedgebury Black Park Bracknell Crawley Leeds Castle Moors Valley Southampton
- Alexandra Palace
- Battersea Park
- Cockfosters, Trent Park
- Forest of Dean
18 To go
My name is Alex and I am a web developer at Raring2go! HQ. My hobbies are Computers and Cars so I’m very hands on which makes Go Ape parks great for me. Recently I have decided to visit each of the 30 Go Ape parks. I don’t go alone, I have a fellow GoApe enthusiast who is as quick as me at completing a course, If it’s quiet we tend to go round a couple times trying the different routes/difficulties!!
So far we have been to
* Alice Holt Forest - This was my first Go Ape
* Bedgebury Pinetum - A memorable high point
* Bracknell - Had a dual Tarzan net! Two can swing at once
* Crawley - Great Tarzan net
* Leeds Castle - Great zip wires across a valley
And we are planning to go to some of the Scottish or Cumbria sites in September.
We love GoApe because each GoApe has its own unique challenges so no two are alike making each one new and exciting. The locations GoApe’s are in tend to have good walks too for anyone who likes to trek. So families can make a whole day of it!
Aberfoyle is the GoApe we’re most keen on doing next due to its 400m long zip wires. The climbing is fun and a good workout, I treat the zip wires as a relaxing rest on my way back to terra firma.
Each GoApe starts out by you signing in and reading the Do’s and Don’ts.
Your instructor will then bring out the harness and get you strapped in.
There’s a small demo course where you practice attaching yourself and getting used to the order the carabiners and pulley attach. After the instructor has demonstrated what to do on stage 1 and you’ve also completed it you’re free to go off to the next stage.
Our aim is to complete all 30 GoApe locations. We don’t have any order as such, Depending on distance we try to plan a couple days away so we can complete a few.
It’s hard to have a favourite, each one so far has something to remember. Crawley had the biggest Tarzan jump we’ve done yet while Leeds Castle had two zip wires that took you across a valley.
Alex will give us updates as he swings and zips across the country!
It’s been a year and about a 1300-mile journey but we’ve finally done Scotland’s Go Ape’s. After setting off at 9pm we made it to Aberfoyle at about 7am! A short nap in the car before Go Ape opened and we were Raing2go!
The Aberfoyle course starts as it finishes, with a massive 400m zip line 150ft above the forest! On to stage 2 and there’s two rope ladders to start so a quick race to the top and we’re off. Still on stage 2 and a couple sections in we get our first Tarzan net before zipping back down. The return zip line took about 45 seconds.
Onward bound to Aberdeen for some food and sleep. Refreshed from a night’s sleep it was off to Crathes. To make things more difficult I decided to go off the platform backwards on the Tarzan net. After completing the course on a lovely sunny day, we popped to the food court for an ice cream.
On the final day we’re heading south towards Edinburgh for the last Go Ape at Peebles. For us it seemed like the best had been saved till last with a massive Tarzan swing and what felt like the longest zip line we’ve ever done. Came close to losing my cap too!
After conquering Scotland’s Go Ape’s it was time to hit the road again and get back for some rest.
Another two done so our standing total is now 10 with the 11th coming soon!
11th done and a visit to Nets Kingdom. Got stuck in the balls ;)
Two more done on the same day, up to 13 now. Wendover and Woburn.
It was another early morning to get to Wendover for a 10am start.
This was a great course with section 5 having extreme and moderate difficulty routes.
We managed to do the extreme which was our first experience of a climbing wall to ascend into the trees instead of a rope ladder, awesome!
We ran out of time to be able to do the moderate before we needed to head off to Woburn so we'll be back.
Woburn is unique as it's set within Woburn Safari!
After driving through seeing Rhinos, Giraffes and Elephants we were ready to start.
This place is full of wildlife having been watched by some Chickens as we had our briefing to having a deer cross the path in front of us as we moved between sections.
We're already planning out our next lot :)
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