We had a swinging time at Grizedale Go Ape!

Although little man is too young for us to go to Grizedale Go Ape as a family (minimum age is six for the Junior course), we still wanted to go, so we had an adults’ day out. We’d been bought tickets for our birthdays, but the week before we were due to go I stupidly fell down the stairs and tore the ligaments in my ankle, and then it was the depths of winter, so didn’t fancy it in the snow! Go Ape very kindly let us cancel for free and the money was placed on our account for when we next wanted to book. Forward to last week and we booked to do the Tree Top Adventure at Grizedale Forest Go Ape centre.

Grizedale Forest Go Ape

We found the centre easily, following the website’s directions  – sat navs don’t like Grizedale apparently – and got ourselves booked in quickly and with no fuss. We were then taken outside to get fitted with our harnesses and to have a safety briefing.

*Tip: Lockers are free, but don’t bring a giant bag. They’re just for bits and pieces like phones or a change of pants.*

I must admit I was worried when I found out you are on your own up there in the tree tops, but the briefing was very thorough and it turns out it’s quite simple really – ALWAYS stay attached! There are also instructions at the beginning of each individual crossing incase you get a bit forgetful as to which bits to attach or to hold, and there’s always someone on the ground (even if you can’t see them) who you can summon for help if you panic or get stuck.

Don't wear your best clothes to do Go Ape, they will get messy!
Don’t wear your best clothes to do Go Ape, they will get messy!

The course was split into six sections for us to get through, each accessed by a keypad entry system, which is changed daily. Section one was a nice little wire traverse and then a zip line – this was the only one I managed to stay forward facing on (see mucky bum picture!). Thinking that once you were up in the trees, that was it, and you had to finish the course in one go, it was a nice surprise for me that you got to do it in sections, linked up by peaceful walks through the forest.

There was a great variety of crossings throughout the day over the six sections – my favourites being the zip lines, despite my pants being full of tree bark by the end of the day. 😉 Even the simple-looking crossings made your tummy fill with butterflies occasionally. The biggest adrenaline rush was stepping off the platform to do a leap of faith into a giant cargo net. Would love to have done that a second time.

Grizedale Forest Go Ape Certificate
Yay! We conquered Grizedale Forest Go Ape!

All in all, we had a great afternoon, in glorious sunshine, and we’ll definitely be back when little man’s old enough, as it’ll be a perfect day out to make a change from the norm. Might take on the Segways next time too! 🙂

*Tip: We spent a good two hours getting around the course (not including the induction), and that was without having to wait behind anybody, so give yourself plenty of time in the car park if you’re paying and displaying at Grizedale.


If your little monkeys are old enough, why not take them swinging through the trees with Go Ape? It is the UK’s number one forest adventure after all!

With award-winning outdoor adventure activities, set within beautiful forests, families and friends of all ages (well, from six years upwards anyway) can unleash their inner Ape on their Tree Top Adventure and Tree Top Junior or, if heights aren’t your thing, you can even explore the forest floor on epic all-terrain Segways.

Throughout England, Scotland and Wales, there are many Go Ape centres, so there’s sure to be a Go Ape not far from you.



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