This post was created in collaboration with Go Ape Coventry, who kindly gifted me a Tree Top Adventure experience. All opinions, as always, remain honest and my own.
A few weeks ago, I was kindly invited along to the opening weekend of Go Ape Coventry, at Coombe Abbey Country Park. For those who haven’t heard of Go Ape before, it is a high adrenaline treetop experience that takes visitors up into the canopies to challenge their fears and overcome obstacles. They have over 30 locations across the UK, with Coventry being the latest to open.
Go Ape Coventry is set within the 500-acre grounds of Coombe Abbey Country Park, making for some pretty stunning views around the 5 courses. This experience is suitable for all the family, as the courses vary in difficulty and fear factor.
Is Go Ape Safe?
Simple answer, yes! Having never done Go Ape before I was a little nervous about how safe I would feel going around the course without an instructor, but before you are set free you have a really easy-to-understand but thorough safety briefing on your harness, karabiner clips and trollies. Even though it all looks and sounds complicated, all of the equipment is super easy to use and the instructors take extra time and care explaining it all to the younger ones. They had no hesitation in reassuring us and answering any questions we had before starting the course.
Go Ape Coventry – The Courses
Without giving too much away (because I always think it’s better to experience something like this in person), Go Ape Coventry is made up of 5 different high ropes courses of varying heights and degrees of difficulty. There is a big wooden tower in the middle of the site that marks the beginning of all of the courses and is manned by instructors who can advise which courses are easier or harder than others. I think Go APe Coventry is quite deceptive as when you arrive near the tower, it doesn’t look as if the courses go that far, but actually, they stretch out quite a way into the forest.
We chose to begin on the slightly easier courses (numbers 5 and 6) as neither myself or my boyfriend had ever done something like this before and we didn’t really know what to expect! I think because of this, I found some obstacles within these courses quite hard, as I wasn’t used to the feeling of being up in the air. My boyfriend, however, took it all in his stride and even had a go at the gladiator rings (which looked really difficult but also hilarious, I won’t lie)
Across all of the courses, there are a variety of different obstacles to try including zip lines, rope bridges, climbing nets and more. Course number 7 was especially fun as it starts with something called the Tarzan Swing, where you essentially jump off a platform and swing into a huge cargo net. There are two platforms next to each other so you can go down with someone which made it way more fun for us as we were egging each other on. It’s such a good adrenaline rush and so much fun! The rest of course 7 continues as normal, just a bit higher up than the previous courses.
Course 8 was definitely my favourite as it is predominantly ziplines – definitely the most fun part of all of the courses. You start from the main central tower and zip your way through the forest, gradually getting higher and the ziplines getting longer. There are a few obstacles along the way, including a very scary single wire to walk across, but it’s worth it for the finale.
The end of this course is called the Alpine Zipline and my goodness, it’s high up. Whilst my self and my boyfriend were getting ourselves all clipped up at the top, I noticed a family below us stood watching all looking very confused as to why there were two people at the top of the tree! The Alpine Zipline stretches across a whole field and must be at least 200m long if not more. By this point, I had no fear and found it quite easier just to pop off the ledge and it’s so worth it for the view and the rush you get from it! Of course, my boyfriend and I had a race to see who would get to the end quicker (sadly, he won. Rematch?)
The last course at Go Ape Coventry isn’t actually a full course, it is simply called The Plummet. I’m sure you can have a good guess at what this obstacle is; basically, jump off a 12m tower. That’s it. No nets to land in. Just you and the trusty bungee rope. You do The Plummet from the same part of the tower as the start of the zipline course, so you can get a bit of an idea of the height from that. Sadly, by the time we had finished all the other courses, it was getting quite late so we couldn’t do this one – but we will definitely be back to conquer it!
Overall, Go Ape Coventry was such an amazing and exhilarating experience. You do feel exhausted by the end but I also felt very proud of myself. And you even get a little certificate at the end too!
One thing I will say is to probably get there a bit earlier than we did. We were booked in for 2:30pm and didn’t finish until nearly 6pm so it is definitely a full afternoon activity. I’d also recommend wearing gloves as my hands were quite sore by the end!
Tickets for Go Ape Coventry are £33 but you do get 20% off if you book online.
I love activities like this and it was part of my 25 before 25 list to go and do a course so I’m very thankful to the Go Ape team for making it happen!