Langdale Pikes from Loughrigg

Go Ape- Grizedale Forest

Grizedale Forest
Hawkshead
LA22 0QJ

0845 094 9516


This page is about the Go Ape attraction within Grizedale Forest. For general information about Grizedale, and the other things to see and do there, (and there's lots!) see our Grizedale Forest page here

  • Tree Top Adventure

  • Tree Top Junior

  • Forest Segway

  • Zip Trekking Adventure

Go Ape is a different way of enjoying the joys of a forest. Instead of strolling sedately beneath the tree canopy along well signed tracks, admiring the plants and wildlife, you get to be the wild life! Go Ape is an adventure course set in the trees, 60 feet up. After a safety demonstration and practice session you get to enjoy the exhilaration of travelling through the forest on a series of Zip Wires, Tarzan Swings, Rope Ladders and a variety of obstacles and crossings.

If swinging through the trees is not your thing, but you want to try something different, then Forest Segway might be just what you are looking for. You can explore the forest on an all-terrain, self balancing electric Segway.

For the really adventurous, the Zip Trekking Adventure may appeal. Basically, you are taken to a far and high corner of the forest, and then 'Zip Trek' your way back to the Forest centre on a series of high, and fast Zip wires.

Tree Top Adventure

  • Two to three hours of tree top adventure.
  • Safety demonstration, including tuition on use of harnesses and guide lines.
  • Practice session before you start the course.
  • Course includes Zip Wires, Tarzan Swings, Rope Ladders and a variety of obstacles and crossings.
  • Certificate to show your mates.
  • Wear sensible clothes that are suitable for the weather, able to protect you as you swing through the forest, and that you don't mind getting a bit grubby.
  • Footwear must be sturdy and suitable for the outdoors. No sandals, slip off shoes, open toes or heels.
  • Gloves are a good idea.
  • Age, height and weight restrictions apply (see opposite).
  • Children aged 10 - 15 who meet the height and weight restrictions must still be supervised by an adult at a ratio of no more than two children per adult.
  • 16 and 17 year olds supervise themselves, but cannot supervise other children.

Tree Top Junior

  • Similar to Tree Top Adventure, but on a course designed for the younger adventurer.
  • Adults are also allowed on. (but bear in mind that the course is designed for people who are probably smaller than you)
  • Takes up to 1 hour to complete which includes a safety briefing.
  • Sensible clothes that are suitable for the weather, and provide protection, should be worn.
  • Footwear must be sturdy and suitable for the outdoors. No sandals, slip off shoes, open toes or heels.
  • Gloves are a good idea.
  • Height and weight restrictions apply (see opposite).
  • Children 6 years old and under who meet the height requirement must be accompanied by an adult. There must be at least one adult for every two children. (1 to 1 is recommended).
  • Children aged 6 - 15 who meet the height requirement can be supervised by an adult on the ground (who will, of course, be taking lots of pics).
  • 16 and 17 year olds supervise themselves, but cannot supervise other children.

Forest Segway

  • A ride through the forest on an all terrain Segway.
  • Lasts an hour, including a brief safety and instruction session.
  • Helmet provided and must be worn.
  • Sensible clothes that are suitable for the weather, and provide protection, should be worn.
  • Footwear must be sturdy and suitable for the outdoors. No sandals, slip off shoes, open toes or heels.
  • Gloves are a good idea.
  • Age and weight restrictions apply (see opposite).
  • A supervision ratio of a maximum of 3 children to one adult applies
  • 16 and 17 year olds supervise themselves, but cannot supervise other children.

Zip Trekking Adventure

  • Guided route from the higher extremity of the forest, back to the Forest Centre, on a network of fast and exhilarating zip wires.
  • Starts with a basic instruction session, followed by a 20 minute strenuous walk to the top of a hill.
  • Once at the top of the hill you are met by the vans to take you to site 1, the training Zip.
  • After more safety instruction and practice on the training zip, you return to the forest centre on a network of seven parallel zip lines that traverse the Forest.
  • It is possible to reach speeds of over 40 mph on the zip wires.
  • The longest wire is 500 metres. That is just under a third of a mile.
  • Experience takes 2 - 3 hours
  • A good level of physical fitness required, as not only is this demanding, but there is a twenty minute strenuous walk up the hill. Stout walking shoes required. The walk between the zip wires has some steep areas also.
  • Zip 8 delivers you back into the car park where you can then walk back to the cabin to get out of your harness.
  • Sensible clothes that are suitable for the weather, and provide protection, should be worn.
  • Footwear must be sturdy and suitable for the outdoors. No sandals, slip off shoes, open toes or heels.
  • Gloves are a good idea.
  • Age weight and height restrictions apply (see opposite)
  • A participation ratio of one adult to six children who meet the age, weight and height criteria applies.
  • 16 and 17 year olds supervise themselves, but cannot supervise other children.

General information applying to all activities

Fitness requirements and accessibility

By its very nature, Go Ape is designed for people who are physically fit and active. It can also be mentally challenging, as many people have a very natural fear of heights. Experience has led the operators of Go Ape to declare that "if you can climb up a rope ladder you should be fine".

However, the safety equipment and instruction is also designed to ensure that everyone who attempts the course can do so in safety. For some persons this may mean that additional equipment, adjustments to training, and/or higher levels of supervision will be required. In some case the risk of injury may still be too great despite taking such additional measures, preventing use of the course. Please contact Go Ape on 0333 433 0902 to discuss your requirements.

Forest Segways require you to be standing for an hour - do that and you'll be fine!

What if you have a pre-existing medical condition?

The staff at Go Ape are not medically qualified and so are not in a position to assess the capacity of participants to undertake a course. It remains your responsibility to undertake such an assessment prior to use of the course. You are advised to visit the course prior to booking to undertake your own risk assessment.

Pregnant Women

The Go Ape policy recommends pregnant women do not take part on the course. If you are pregnant and want to participate, you will be asked to sign a disclaimer.

Don't be late!

You should make your way to the Go Ape cabin and be ready to get going on your Go Ape adventure at your booked time. Late arrivals that miss their session are charged at full price, and sessions are not delayed to wait for late comers.

Taking a camera

Phones and cameras are permitted on the course, as long as they always stay attached to the participant. Lanyards are available to buy from the Go Ape cabin, subject to availability. Spectators can watch and take pictures from the forest floor.

Smoking is not allowed

Bad Weather

The course remains open in all weathers, except when it is icy, stormy, in high winds or during lightning. Participants are expected to dress accordingly for the weather.

And finally, is it really safe?

Any physical activity carries a small amount of risk, (just ask anyone who has fallen down the stairs!) but Go Ape take every precaution to ensure that participants are as safe as possible, using tried and tested safety equipment. All participants receive a safety briefing from a trained instructor at the start. However, Go Ape also stress that participants take responsibilty for their own safety whilst on the course.

 

 

Facilities

  • High level adventure trails
  • Cafe
  • Gift Shop
  • Toilets
  • Pay on exit parking
  • Picnic Facilities
  • Childrens adventure playground
  • Forest visitor centre

Opening Times

February Half Term 11th - 26th February [open daily]
March [weekends only]
Easter, Half Term and Summer Holidays [open daily]
October Half Term [open daily]
November [weekends only]
December [Tree Top Junior and Tree Top Adventure open 3rd-4th only]

Pre booking essential

Charges

Tree Top Adventure

Baboons (10 - 15) £25

Gorillas (16 +) £33

Restrictions

Maximum Weight 20.5 stone (130KG)
Minimum Age 10 years
Minimum Height 1.4m (4ft7")

Tree Top Junior

All ages £18

Restrictions

Minimum Age All Ages
Minimum Height 1m (3ft 3) Maximum Weight 20.5 stone (130KG)

Forest Segway

All ages £35

Restrictions

Minimum Age 10 years
Minimum Weight 7 STONE (45KG)
Maximum Weight 19.5 stone (125KG)

Zip Trekking Adventure

All ages (13+) £45

Restrictions

Minimum Age 13 years
Minimum Height 1.4m (4FT7")
Minimum Weight 7 stone (45KG)
Maximum Weight 19.5 stone (124KG)

Note:- Times and prices subject to change without notice

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