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Monkey business

Vanessa Lees looks for her Tarzan in Delamere Forest

Published on July 24th 2007.

Monkey business

There are days when the corporate suit should be hung in the cupboard and the child within comes out to play.

There have always been ways and means to indulge the silly side of our nature – adrenalin rush at Alton Towers, team spirit at paint balling but if you fancy flying solo through the forest then Go Ape could be the activity for you.

Go Ape is for anyone who either imagines they have the gymnastic ability of a chimp or has a burning desire to be in the SAS. I belong to the former.

It’s a high wire forest adventure course 40 ft high consisting of rope bridges, Tarzan swings, nets, and some absolute beasts of death slides. It’s not for the faint hearted, those who suffer from vertigo or afraid of heights but it’s incredibly liberating, provides a mental workout plus great for the thighs and deliciously punishing on the upper arms.

And although this sounds all rather dare devil and courageous, it’s really not. You’re safely harnessed and provided with full instruction by Chief Gorillas and unless you’ve got the memory capacity of a cannabis smoker, you should have no worries about staying safe. In fact the only time when I personally felt slightly out of my comfort zone was when I fast approached the end of the death slide backward. No injuries incurred just a lack of usual decorum and later findings of damp wood shavings down my jacksy.

Whilst most outdoor activities have been thwarted this summer by the persistent rain, Go Ape swings along regardless of the weather. Apart from storms that is – metal wires and bolts of lightening, you get the picture. You’re not going to be engulfed by mud and you pretty much stay dry under the shelter of the trees.

Go Ape have various locations across the UK, but the nearest to Liverpool is Delamere Forest which is only about a 45 minute drive and incredibly scenic. So if white knuckles and your life hanging in a harness don’t quite appeal then there’s always the option of a leisurely amble or bike ride through the forest.

Go Ape is super fun and if it’s raining in your heart at the moment, there’s nothing like a bit of monkey business to put a smile back on your face.

For more information go to www.goape.co.uk £25 for adults and £20 for children (aged 10-17). Aged 10 is the minimum age.

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