We went to the Go Ape in Temple Newsam, and we were booked in advance, however when we got there the booth said that they were fully booked for the day, so if you want to go then I would definitely recommend that you pre-book in order to avoid disappointment.
There are 3 different levels, we did level 3 which meant we did courses 5-9. They were all different but required similar skills to pass. When we first got our harnesses on we went through a short tutorial about attaching and detaching ourselves. And then we just went to the starting point of the courses and went through each one.
The first one we did I think was number 6, and it was pretty good, although there was one section where you could take the easy way or the hard way. As you can probably guess, I took the hard way. I don't regret it because it was tough in the best way, however it is the reason I ended up with my huge bruise. I had to go from ring to ring with my feet in them, and while I was trying to grab the next ring my arm slipped and got a bruise/rope burn, I'd do the same again though given the chance.
Most of the courses involved a zipline at the end, and some were from tree to tree as well which was amazing. One of the courses ended in a vertical drop, which it is impossible to land gracefully, or at least it is for me since I completely lack coordination.
My personal favourite however was definitely the Tarzan swing. It was pretty scary, and I wasn't 100% sure I could jump off without help, but I did it. It took 2 attempts to get up there since we had to come down at one point to let someone off that couldn't make the jump. Once we got up there though it was really high and you basically had to jump off the edge and then basically drop and then swing into a net, it was scary but amazing. Climbing up the net afterwards was a challenge though.
|I'm the exhausted one second from the left|
Overall, I was aching, sore, and exhausted at the end of the day, but I was also exhilarated, happy, and quite proud that I managed it all. It was a great day that I would recommend to anyone, just make sure you really want to do it, because once you're up there you can only come back down by getting to the end.