I’m going to be totally honest when I say Go Ape is something I never really considered doing. I’m not the most adventurous outdoorsy person in the world but when I was invited along to the Go Ape site at Temple Newsam, I thought why not? So last weekend, Stefan and I drove through to Leeds to the Temple Newsam estate to try out their treetop challenge. Let me tell you, what an experience we had!
On arrival, we had to sign some papers before getting fitted with our harness. They aren’t the most comfortable things in the world but at least they keep you safe. We had a briefing on a mini-course with some high ropes and a little zip line just to get used to how to clip on with the safety ropes. There was a lot of information to take in but we soon got to grips with it all. I’m not going to lie, even just on the mini-course, I was slightly nervous about what as to come. I’m not the best with heights so it was all about conquering fears and taking on the challenge.
At the Temple Newsam Go Ape, there are actually three courses you can take for all ages and abilities. We were taking on the Tree Top Challenge which is for the adults who are up for a heart-racing challenge. It was a slow start getting used to it all and also pretty nerve-wracking but once you get around the first set of challenges, you gain so much confidence and momentum. Before we knew it, we were swinging about from the trees and zipping along the zip lines.
To complete the Tree Top Challenge, you have to complete the top four courses which in my opinion, they get more and more challenging. Some parts of the courses hit heights of 15 metres from the ground. I personally found the zip lines so much fun and my favourite part of the course. One of the hardest things was the free-fall Tarzan Swing which you go bounding into a rope netting and you have to climb up to the tree landing. It was a lot of fun but just a little hard for someone (me) who has no upper body strength.
The final and most daunting part of the course was the Plummet. You basically had to jump out of a tree 11 metres from the ground. I’m going to be honest with you, we both chickened out of this. It was maybe one step too far for us! You don’t have to do The Plummet and instead, you can do a series of zip lines across the trees, which I very much would prefer to do.
Go Ape is perfect for those seeking an exciting adventure. Although I found the experience quite daunting, it actually turned out to be so much fun and I’m really proud of both completing the Challenge. We even got a little certificate at the end which I think we should frame! I really found myself pushing my boundaries (mainly because I’m so unfit!) and gaining confidence the more I went around the course. We actually live closer to the Dalby Forest Go Ape and I’m already looking into visiting that one in the next couple of months!
Have you ever done Go Ape? Is it something you would be interested in doing?
*I was gifted two tickets to Go Ape Temple Newsam for the purpose of this review.