I’ve always been a bit of a dare devil, a thrill seeker and over the years I’ve done lots of different things. The main one being when I did a 100ft high drop swing and I loved it. I definitely have a head for heights.
One thing that I’ve wanted to do for a while and haven’t managed to is, Go Ape. I wanted to do so much that I added it to our Bucket List for this year. Go Ape saw my Bucket List they got in touch and asked if they could help me tick it off the list. I of course quickly said yes please.
Last year on a trip to Moors Valley Country Park we saw that they did Go Ape and Alice had asked if she could have a go. It looks like she is taking after me. It was all booked up for that day and I promised her we would do it another time.
This was the perfect opportunity for Alice and I to both have a go at Go Ape Junior. We were originally going to do it with one of Alice’s friend and her mum, but sadly they were poorly and couldn’t come on the day. I thought that Holly might be too young to do it, even though she was above the minimum required height of 1 metre. I didn’t think she would want to do it.
But when I asked her and showed her, she said ‘yes please mummy’. So it turned into a family out and Andy came too. We arrived in plenty of time and with the weather forecast saying it was going to rain, we wore our rain coats and had a change of clothes in the car. They also suggest you wear gloves to protect your hands from the rope.
We headed to the reception desk where they gave us some instructions to read and sign a form. The main things to remember was that only 2 people can be on a crossing at one time and only 3 people on a platform. The girls understood this and you also have to tie back long hair!
We were ready to go!
The instructors were brilliant with the girls, chatting to them as they got their harnesses on. It was then time for a practise go. They have a short practise area, where the instructor shows you how to move the trolley along (the big metal thing that attached your harness to the metal rope). They also get you to sit down in the harness to show you that you can trust it and it will hold you, if you were to fall and also when you do the zip wire.
We then made our way over to the main course. There are 2 courses for Go Ape Junior, the first course is shorter and easier. For both courses you are permanently attached to the metal wire with your harness. But with the first course there is also a green rope that you can hold onto as you go across each crossing.
The instructor leaves you at this point, but if you need any assistance at any point they will come and help you.
Alice led the way, with me next, then Holly and Andy at the end. Alice was brilliant right from the start, showing no signs of being scared and tackling each crossing with confidence and ease.
Holly was amazing, she wasn’t scared at all and whilst she needed more help across some parts. Mainly because her legs weren’t long enough, she did brilliantly. I was so proud to see her doing it and she loved it.
Each crossing was slightly different and because they staggered every groups start time, there was hardly anyone else around you.
As we got to the end of the first course it ended with the zip wire. By far our favourite part. The girls love the zip wire at our local park, but this was way higher, way longer and in a different league. There is an instructor there to assist with getting you onto the slopping platform and give you instructions on how to land.
Alice was off first and I followed her down. You land with a bump on your bum in a pile of bark and then you detach yourself of the wire and you are free.
Alice and I waited below to see if little Holly was going to do it. She LOVES the zip wire, but I wasn’t too sure if this was going to be too much for my little 3 year old. But no she was off and whizzing down, I could see her biggest smile and I knew she had loved it.
With us all safely at the bottom we walked back round to the beginning. Holly decided she didn’t want to do it again, I think it was quite exhausting for her little legs. But Alice was raring to go and we went and tackled the second course.
This one we were again attached permanently to the wire, but this time there was no green rope for you to hold onto. The crossing were more challenging and very wobbly at times. I think this second course would have been too difficult for Holly’s little legs to mange.
Alice took it all in her stride. She learnt to trust her harness and to just hold onto the ropes to balance herself and get across the moving ones. I was so proud of her.
This one was longer and more challenging, but equally just as a fun. It also ended with the zip wire, much to Alice’s delight.
Our session was an hour long and you can go around the 2 courses as many times as you can fit in. Alice and I managed to do 4 courses and just as we were coming to the end of our time the rain that had been forecast made an appearance. We were very lucky to have missed it.
At the end the girls got a certificate to show they had completed Go Ape, which was a lovely touch. Don’t they just love a certificate!
We had a brilliant time doing Go Ape, I was very proud of both my girls and I know that this won’t be the last time they do it.
Go Ape have sites all over the country and you can find your nearest one on their site. Go Ape Junior is for anyone over 1 metre tall and it costs £18 per person.
I’m now ready to take on the adult Go Ape, which is higher up and a lot more challenging…Bring it on!
Disclosure: We were kindly invited by Go Ape to experience Go Ape Junior in return for an honest review. All views, opinions and photos are my own.