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Go Ape, Trent Park

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by Steff Humm (subscribe)
I'm a trainee journalist living in London. A personal blog is forthcoming.
Published August 14th 2012
Monkeying around in the Treetops of Trent Park
My majestic descent

There is a secret yearning for adventure in all of us that the trials of day-to-day life make it hard to fulfil. Fortunately, for those of us desperately seeking action, Go Ape has come to Trent Park in North London.

Go Ape is an obstacle course through the trees, full of ropes, bridges, ladders and swings to climb over, under and sometimes through. After being harnessed up by the professionals and shown the ropes (no pun intended), your "tribe" are set free to swing and frolic at your own pace across the five different courses, triumphantly making it through obstacles of varying difficulties up to 60 feet in the air. Each course ends with my favourite bit; launching yourself at high speed down a zip wire to land ungracefully in a pile of wood chippings and leaves.

There are several places to Go Ape around the country but, as one of the newest, Trent Park boasts some fresh additions to the course, such as the skateboard zip wire and the UK's highest crossing; 60 feet off the ground, a rickety, twisty bridge that turns over every time you take a step.

The view from the treetops

As death-defying as it sounds, this activity doesn't just favour the nimble. Anyone of any fitness level over the age of ten can join in the adventure and, as Go Ape is open in most weather conditions, it is the perfect activity for any time of year. The rain can make it even more fun, although I would recommend wearing gloves.

Go Ape is fun, exhilarating and terrifying and I felt like a champion when, weary and covered with mud, I stumbled my way back to the cabin and was presented with a certificate to prove just how brave and adventurous I was.

The whole experience takes two or three hours and, as amazing as it is to swing through the air with the greatest of ease, it feels pretty good to get your feet back on the ground afterwards. Fortunately, there's a cafe next to the car park to bring you back to adventureless normality with a cup of something warm and a reasonable selection of lunch time munchables.

If you finish early, Trent Park has plenty more to offer as well; there's golf and horse riding, an animal sanctuary, and miles and miles of picnicker friendly fields to ensure a great day out for all the family.
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Why? Exhilarating adventure for all ages
When: February - November
Phone: 0845 643 92 15
Where: Trent Park
Cost: Gorillas (18 ): £30, Baboons (10-17 years): £20
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