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Member Name: clairedooyoo
Go Ape! Dalby Forest (North Yorkshire)
Advantages: challenging and fun
Disadvantages: there is an element of fear that some can't handle
Go Ape is a day out with a difference.....
It is basically an assault course in the trees. Made up of cargo nets, rope ladders, tunnels, zip wires and a variety of other hurdles to get over. You don't have to be really fit to complete the course, although it does require agility and braveness.
Prices depend on age, which are split into Gorillas (over 18's) - £25. And Baboons (10-17 years) - £20. But be aware that those under 17 do have to be supervised by adults. You should check out the website before visiting as they sometimes have special offers on the price.
I went to Go Ape last year as my birthday celebration with ten friends and family. Although at first we thought the price was quite high, afterwards we knew it was totally worth it. The course last for 2-3 hours (depending on how long you take) adnw as jam packed with laughs.
I advise you wear clothes that you don't mind getting ruined, a couple of us got caught on the apparatus and pulled our tops. As it was a celebration we all went in fancy dress, with the theme of camouflage. It was a really nice added touch to the day.
When you arrive to Go Ape you have a bit of paperwork to do, signing Health and Safety documents etc. Then you get kitted up, have your health and safety briefing then its time to go.
A few of my friends were nervous about the course, but it is split into different sections so you can pretty much stop at any time. Also if you do the first section and decided it isn't for you, you can give up and get a refund! On a few of the sections, there are also choices of easy and hard routes, just in case you aren't feeling brave enough.
If you have any family members that want to join in the fun but not quite brave enough to go swinging through the trees, they can follow you from safely on the ground. There are footpaths running through the forest floor allowing a nice walk round to watch you above.
It was a brilliant day out and I would suggest anyone to do it.
Summary: have a day in the trees.... fun fun fun!
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