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Ever wondered what it might be like to be a monkey, spending all day swinging merrily through the tree tops with your friends?

Well, now you can find out exactly how that feels at an attraction billed as a "high-wire forest adventure".

The concept originated in France back in 2001, when Tris and Becs Mayhew were on holiday in the Auvergne with their six-month old baby. They saw a French family swinging through the trees and were inspired by how much the whole party seemed to be enjoying the experience.

The experience gave Tris and Becs the push they had been looking for to step off the corporate ladder and they founded Go Ape, which has become one of the fastest growing companies in the UK.

Go Ape attractions have now been built in numerous forests around the UK and offer visitors the chance to complete an obstacle course in the trees.

Using ladders, walkways, bridges and wooden tunnels, visitors navigate their way through the forest way above the ground.

But the most thrilling part of the day out is provided by the zip lines - the longest of which is 426 metres. Visitors are kitted out in harnesses, pulleys and karabiners and given a 30-minute safety briefing before being let loose in the forest canopy to swing through the trees.

Trained instructors are always on hand to assist and reassure guests with a bad bout of nerves. It is designed to be an exhilarating experience which takes people out of their comfort zones and gets the adrenaline pumping.

Visitors must be aged over ten years, be at last 4ft 7ins tall and weigh no more than 130kg.

The maximum waist measurement of the harnesses used is 110cm and the top leg hoop thickness it 70 cm.

However, fitness is not a big requirement and as long as visitors can climb a rope they are in good enough shape to participate in a Go Ape day out.

The courses take between two and three hours to complete. Visitors can bring cameras to remember their experience by, but are advised that they will not be provided with storage space for their belongings.

Spectators are also invited to watch their friends swing through the trees, but will not be allowed onto the actual course.

So, if you are looking for a different day out, either for a birthday, stag or hen do, or a corporate team-building event, Go Ape promises a fun, exhilarating and eye-opening experience for all involved.


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