Going Ape in the Forest of Dean   12 comments

Regular readers will know of the family passion for adventure parks in the trees. We’ve done loads in France but never in the UK. Special May treat for the family took us to Go Ape in the Forest of Dean near Mallards Pike Lake. I was feeling pretty ropey, coming down with a nasty cold and hacking cough but I survived and had some fun which is of course the whole point. A video compilation and a few photos of our day out.

 

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goape, go ape, forest of dean, mallards pike lake

I’m not a big fan of forests, I find them oddly claustrophobic, preferring the wide open spaces of the mountains. The Forest of Dean has changed my views as it’s quite lovely. lots of natural forest (not military ranks of conifers), lakes and industrial relics from it’s coal mining days. I need to explore some of it’s shady glades as well as it’s treetop fun

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Posted July 12, 2014 by surfnslide in Family Trips, Other

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12 responses to “Going Ape in the Forest of Dean

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  1. Almost looked balletic at times!

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  3. We did the Go Ape course in Aberfoyle in Queen Elizabeth Forest Park in Scotland a few years back and had a blast! It was the first course we had done and hadn’t really seen courses like this before here in the US. They are popping up now in a lot of mountain areas here in Colorado (which we haven’t tried yet). At the time (don’t know if it’s still true today), the Aberfoyle course boasted that they had two of UK’s longest zip lines each at over 400m long! After seeing your photos, makes me want to do a course again!

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    • The Aberfoyle one was the original one in the UK. There are loads now so I’m not sure whether they still have the record but it certainly looked good. Have to say that the French versions are much better, longer and more varied – and cheaper!

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  4. Must have been great fun. Gorgeous action photos.

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  5. Some observations: TJF looks as cool as a cucumber at all times. One of those zip wires looks quite long (that’s the part that appeals to me. A bit. Maybe). TBF needs to work on her (crash) landings.

    You’ll remember when we visited the Forest of Dean, because we came down to stay with you afterwards. I ran a half marathon on trails in the woods, really enjoyed it and thought the Forest was lovely. Long while OK – before A and TJF came along I think. I look forward to reading posts about your further exploration.

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    beatingthebounds
    • TJF is a natural at this and always looks cool. Funniest things was the very first one of these we did in France and TBF had a mare on one obstacle and turned the air deep blue – the language was shocking – funny though! I think you’d enjoy these courses to be honest, although not the GoApe cost – much cheaper in France

      I have absolutely no recollection of a post FOD visit to our place!

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      • It was half-term I think, we had a couple of days at a B&B in the FoD and then came and did some walks with you. Oh, hang on, we went to Monmouth too. ….erm, I think we visited.

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        beatingthebounds

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