This weekend, we decided that a nice country walk is for wimps, and we headed up to Dalby Forest instead to try out the Tree Top Junior course at Go Ape!
Go Ape! is a tree-top experience with zip wires, rope bridges, and swings, and the Tree Top Junior course is the kid-friendly version. It is recommended for 6 to 12 year olds and their accompanying adults. There is a minimum height restriction, so please check their website before booking.
Go Ape! Dalby Forest is located not far from the southern entrance, and is opposite the main visitor centre. Parking is free, although there is a £7 entry charge per car to Dalby Forest itself. The loos are in the visitor centre, so make sure you abuse the facilities before you go to Go Ape!
You book a time slot, turn up, and you’re away. You can just show up and see what’s available but it is very popular and you’re risking not getting to play at all.
Right, that’s the technicalities out of the way! What did we actually think?
‘We’ were me, two ten-year olds, and a six-year old and we all thought it was super fun and a great experience.
Your harness is attached by an instructor to the central wire and you climb the stairs and follow the wire around the course. The clamp doesn’t leave the wire between you joining at ground level and the bottom of the zip wire. It’s all very clever stuff.
You go across bridges made of wood, rope, and net, or balance on planks. There are about six bridges between trees, set at least ten metres up in the air, then you get to the zip wire. It was a bit scary the first time but once you’re off, it’s brilliant!
If you don’t like it, you can bail out here. If you love it (like we did) you go back to the beginning and take the second, more challenging route. This is around another six bridges, slightly wobblier and a bit higher. Then back to the zip wire and off again.
I think the six-year to twelve-year recommendation is about right. I wouldn’t like to take anyone younger on, and as the course is set for children, it’s not comfortable for anyone much taller. Some of it is quite tricky, and you need a degree of physical fitness.
You can go back round again for a few more goes. After an hour, we’d had our turn, so we returned our harnesses and received our Go Ape! king of the jungle certificates and badges. Winners!
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Tickets cost from £17 per person (adults and children are the same price). There are 13 locations across the UK where the Tree Top junior course is available. You can find out more and book your tickets by clicking on the graphic below.
Disclosure – We were given free tickets to test out the Tree Top Junior adventure